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Is Your Dog The Smelliest Member of Your Family?
Dogs have long since been man’s best friend and today, rather than putting them to work like they were
many years ago, they’re treated just like a member of the family. Dogs bring a great deal of joy to many
peoples’ lives but, their attitude towards hygiene leaves little to be desired at times.
For reasons unknown to us, dogs love nothing more than getting wet and rolling around in the dirt
which not only makes for a messy dog, but on some occasions a messy owner as well! This sort of
behaviour (as fun as it might be at the time) can cause certain skin conditions in dogs and if they’re not
cleaned up immediately after a mud bath, there are all sorts of problems that can occur.
Knowing the Signs
Your dog has a fur coat and under that coat is his skin. The coat is a little bit like a carpet in that it can
hide all sorts of unseen parasites that will cause itchy dog skin. This is one of the first signs your beloved
pet might be suffering with something more than just a bit of dried mud that was missed when he had
his last bath.
Of course, fleas are one reason why your dog might start to constantly scratch and any responsible
owner will immediately take their dog straight to the vets for some treatment. However, if the problem
persists, it could be something more sinister.
You may notice that your pet’s fur has started to come
away from his skin and bald patches are appearing. If
this is the case, you may have a yeast infection on your
hands called Malassezia Dermatitis. Although any breed
of dog can contract this skin condition, it is more
common in Basset Hounds, Dachshunds, Cocker and
Springer Spaniels and West Highland Terriers, to name
but a few.
Malassezia which is a form of yeast will naturally occur
in your dog and can normally be found around the ears
without causing a problem. However, if the conditions are right and the weather is warm or humid, the
yeast will multiply causing the infection.
Another sign that’s common with this form of skin condition is the smell. It won’t seem to matter how
much you bathe your pet, if he does have this infection and it’s not treated correctly, he will still smell.
It’s not pleasant for you and it’s definitely not pleasant for your dog.
Treatment for Malassezia
Skin conditions like this in dogs will need veterinary
attention. For the most part treatment will either be
oral, topical or both (depending on how severed it is).
It’s also advisable that you get some form of medicated
shampoo for dogs that will help keep this nasty infection
The main thing is that once treatment starts, your pet
will stop scratching and everyone can stop holding their
noses when he walks by! If you’re in any way concerned
or just want to find out more about skin conditions in
dogs because of the breed you have, speak to your vet.
You’ll be doing you and your pet a favour in the long-run.
Richard Hawkins is a frequent contributor of content for Perfect Pet Skin; he has written many articles
pertaining to all things regarding animal skin and coat conditions but especially on such subjects as dog
mange and skin conditions in dogs and caring for some of these conditions.