Common Skin Problems in Dogs (cont.)
When Is it Time to See the Vet?
There are many causes of skin abnormalities in dogs, and identifying the underlying cause is not always simple. Therefore, you should visit your vet for an exam as soon as you notice any abnormality in your pet's skin or hair, or if your pet begins to excessively scratch, lick and/or bite areas on his fur.
How Are Skin Problems Diagnosed?
After obtaining a history and performing a thorough physical exam, your vet may perform diagnostic tests in order to find the cause of your dog's symptoms. These include:
Which Dogs Are Prone to Skin Problems?
Because of the wide ranges of causes, dogs of all ages and breeds are susceptible to issues involving skin. Dogs who are young, elderly, immunocompromised or living in crowded, stressful environments may be more susceptible to skin problems than others.
How Can Skin Problems Be Prevented?