Common Causes of Dog Skin Infections Explained by our Burke Veterinarian
Your dog's skin is the largest organ in their precious body, and at Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, our veterinary staff works hard to protect the health and integrity of every four-legged community member by providing high-quality treatment for dermatology issues in pets.
Common Causes & Signs of Dog Skin Infections
According to our dog dermatologists in Burke VA, the two main causes of skin infections are bacteria and yeast:
Bacteria are present all the time in and on a dog's body. While most of this bacteria is considered normal (or even healthy), certain kinds of bacteria can infect damaged or weakened areas of skin and lead to an infection.
Dogs with acne, for instance, may have developed bacterial infections in pimples and blemishes. Dogs with allergies may also develop bacterial infections in skin irritated by an allergen. A dog can have allergic reactions to things like fleas, ticks, dust, pollen, medications, or even certain foods; itchy, irritated, and inflamed skin may result.
Yeast (Fungal) Infections
If yeast is present, your animal's skin and coat may appear oily and greasy. It may also have a foul odor. Specific areas that may be infected include the groin, armpits, ears, paws, and skin folds—in other words, areas of the body which are frequently moist or damp. Yeast and fungal infections are common in animals who have just completed a course of antibiotics, animals with suppressed immune systems, or animals who have allergies.
Additional signs and symptoms of skin infections to look out for include:
- Hair loss
- Red, bumpy, scabby, and/or irritated skin (also may appear as "hot spots")
- Flaky or scaly skin
- Foul smelling discharge from the ears (brownish and waxy if fungal, greenish and yellowish if bacterial)
- Frequent itching, licking or shaking of the head
Breeds at Risk for Skin Infections
If your dog has allergies or frequently comes in contact with areas of dense vegetation and moisture (quite predominant in our little corner of Virginia), then he or she will be more likely to develop a skin infection. But did you know that certain breeds of dogs are particularly prone? This includes:
- Doberman Pinschers
- Pit Bull Terriers
- Labrador Retrievers
How Our Dermatologists in Burke VA Treat Skin Infections in Dogs
At Village Veterinary Clinic our veterinarians are well versed in treating dermatological conditions in dogs. They can treat your pet’s uncomfortable symptoms of a skin infection as well as identify and address the underlying cause of the infection so that hopefully the symptoms won't return. Our services include:
- Thorough bathing and washing with gentle, yet effective medicated shampoos to soothe, disinfect, and heal skin and hair follicles
- Oral and topical medications
- Nutritional supplements
- Prescription hypoallergenic diet recommendations if necessary
Make an Appointment Today with Our Veterinarians
Worried your dog may have signs of a bacterial or yeast infection? Contact our veterinary team for help now by calling the Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA at 703-978-8655.