Several types of skin medications are used to treat these conditions, including antibiotics, antifungal medications, anti-inflammatory medications, antihistamines, as well as medicated shampoos, dips and sprays. Nutritional supplements and fatty acids may also help manage many of these skin problems.
What can I give my dog for skin problems?
Vets commonly prescribe steroids (like prednisone or dexamethasone) to help control your dog’s skin problems. These steroids fight inflammation leading to skin pain and itchiness.
What causes dog skin problems?
The most common causes of canine allergic dermatitis are flea allergy, food allergy, inhalant or contact allergy, and allergy to the normal bacterial flora and yeast organisms of the skin. To make matters more difficult to diagnose and treat, thyroid disease may add to the problem as well.
What does a dog rash look like?
While heat rash can present like a number of other common rashes, symptoms to look out for include tender and red skin (usually in skin folds and on the belly), scabs and sores, continuous licking and scratching, itchy and irritated skin, and small pimples in a concentrated area.
What cream can you put on a dog for itchy skin?
Davis Hydrocortisone Cream calms inflamed, itchy and irritated skin due to flea bites, dermatitis, eczema and allergies. This soothing cream contains 1% hydrocortisone acetate and helps break the cycle of scratching and biting.
Can I put Neosporin on my dog?
The good news is that Neosporin is regarded as safe to use on dogs. This means that if your pooch trips and scrapes his elbow, that handy tube of triple antibiotic ointment you have in your bathroom cabinet will do the trick.
What does a bacterial skin infection look like on a dog?
Bacterial skin infection is very common in dogs. Affected dogs have itchy skin, which may be reddened or have a rash, crusts, and pustules (small pus-filled lesions).
How do you treat bacterial skin infections in dogs?
We recommend 4% chlorhexidine, 2% benzoyl peroxide, or sodium hypochlorite (bleach) shampoos to treat bacterial skin infections. Treatments should be repeated initially 2-3 times weekly. Antibacterial conditioning sprays can be used be sprayed on the skin between bathing days.