Preventing Skin Issues

Many of the dogs that enter the Laber of Love Pet Rescue come into our homes with different skin conditions. These conditions leave our precious pets with itchiness, pain, and general discomfort. We do our best to alleviate that discomfort with better diets, ointments, special shampoos, and supplements. With my fospice dog, Patrick, I liked to use coconut oil for his dry skin. It provided moisture and relief for him while also giving me the chance to massage his arthritic back and legs (for our article on arthritis, click the link below).

One of the difficulties with skin problems is that they can emerge because of several different factors. Some of the most common causes include:

• Allergies
• Bacterial / Yeast infections
• Fleas & Ticks
• Mange
• Seborrheic dermatitis
• Dandruff

With so many potential causes, it is important that you consult your vet to help diagnose skin conditions that emerge with your pets. While the treatments discussed above are excellent for providing some comfort, occasionally medication is required to help clear up more serious cases. We all want the best for our furry friends and treating skin conditions will ensure that your pet lives a long, comfortable, happy life.  For a guide on the causes, symptoms, and treatments of skin conditions in dogs, check out the article below!

Cortney Ley, Fospice Mom and Board Secretary