problems are very common among our pets. Some breeds such as cocker spaniels are
prone to have chronic skin disorders.
many cases the underlying cause is not clear and the condition is called
idiopathic seborrhoic dermatitis. The skin presents scaling, crusts and rancid
odor. Secondary bacterial infection may complicate the primary skin inflammation
and lead to serious consequences.
are of course many other skin conditions. Nutritional deficiencies, immune
mediated diseases and systemic problems are some examples.
parasites such as mites and fleas are common causes of skin reactions and can
induce allergic reactions and facilitate bacterial infections. These conditions
cause intense itch and discomfort.
skin problem should be seen by a veterinarian promptly. Skin problems are
diagnosed based on physical examination, skin samplings and microscopic
evaluation, special dermatologic exams and blood tests of various types.
for skin disorders is aimed at treating the underlying cause or disease.
External parasite control, dietary and nutritional management and immune system
modulation are some examples. Bacterial infections are treated with appropriate
antibiotics and adjuvant therapy such as special shampoo treatment, anti-itch
medication and more.