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Itchy, flaking skin

dog itchy flaking skin

Skin condition is a good general indicator of health. Skin should be smooth and pink or black. Persistent itching, sores, lumps and signs of dermatitis could indicate an allergic reaction to flea bites. Flea bites are just one of the many examples of insects that could cause these types of allergies and could also transmit some diseases.

A common cause of skin problems in dogs is parasites such as fleas, lice, ticks and mites. Some parasites, such as Demodex mites and cheyletiellosis, may also cause your dog to have flaky skin Sarcoptic mange, known as canine scabies, which is very itchy, spreads easily among dogs, so if you suspect that your dog might have mange you should prevent him from mixing with other dogs until treatment is received.

Every dog who is exposed to the outside world is vulnerable to parasites and it will be very difficult for you to identify exactly what parasite is causing your dog to have problems. To get a proper diagnosis, you should bring your dog to the surgery for an appointment. Your vet will conduct a physical examination and may also perform other tests such as skin scrapes, combings of the hair coat, and blood and urine tests.