Common Skin Conditions for Dogs

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Noticing that your pooch’s skin is not quite right can be a little alarming. That’s why we've put together this list of common skin conditions for dogs along with tips on what to look out for and treatments.

Fleas are a main cause for a skin condition, but we’ve got a whole blog about treating fleas on your dog that you can read here.


yellow Labrador sneezing

Allergies are very common in dogs and can be caused by a number of different things: parasites, food, pollen, grooming products, etc. A sign of allergies in your dog can be constant scratching that leads to a very sore looking rash on their skin.

They can be treated with steroids, however the best thing for your pooch long term would be to identify the cause and avoid exposure to it. We would not recommend changing anything until you have consulted your vet; they will be able to advise you on the safest way to identify the allergy and how to effectively cut it out of your routine.

Hair Loss (Alopecia)

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When becoming a fur parent, you’re bound to expect to find dog hair around your home; shedding is natural after all. However, the amount that a dog sheds will depend on its breed and environment.

An unnatural amount of shedding can instead be a sign of hair loss. This can be due to illness, stress or poor nutrition. Speak to your vet if this does become a problem and they will be able to advise you on the best course of action.


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This is a condition that you are especially likely to notice if you have a pup who is less than a year old. Lookout for circular patches on your dog’s skin; they often form around the head, ears, front legs and paws.

Hair loss can also be linked to this so always make sure you check your pet thoroughly before jumping to a diagnosis and always seek veterinary advice before undertaking and treatment.

Yeast Infection

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Incessant licking or scratching of the ears and toes could be a sign that your canine companion has a yeast infection. Keep an eye out for discoloured itchy skin in the areas previously mentioned.

This is something that is easily treated and your vet will be able to prescribe you with a cream, oral tablets or medicated bath treatments.

Has your dog experienced any skin conditions that we haven't mentioned? What steps did you take to make them better again? We’d love to hear from you! Tweet us at @barkingheads or head to our Facebook page.


Read our blog on managing your pets seasonal allergies by Vet Dr Scott Miller and Barking Heads.


*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*