All you need to know about skin problems in dogs

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Can vary from mild to severe depending on the cause

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Key points

  • Parasites, allergies, infections, and underlying health conditions can cause skin problems.
  • Symptoms of skin problems include itchiness, redness, and hair loss, as well as scabs or red spots on the skin.
  • To test your dog’s skin your vet might take a sample of hair, a skin scrape, a blood sample, or a skin biopsy.
  • Treatment will depend on the diagnosis.

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Symptoms & types

Fleas and allergic dermatitis are two of the most common skin conditions in dogs.

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes




Most skin infections will clear up with antibiotics or antifungals. These treatments might be tablets, creams, or shampoos.

Best treatment options

If you’ve seen fleas, or you know that your dog is overdue for parasite treatment, it could be worth trying that first.

Home remedies & their effectiveness

When to see a vet



Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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