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5 Common Skin Problems in Dogs and How to Treat Them

Dogs are our best friends. We love them, and they love us back. But we all know that not all dogs are perfect—and sometimes, their skin can be a little… problematic.

Here are five common skin problems in dogs and how to treat them:



Mange is a skin disease that affects many different animals. It can take the form of scaly patches on your pet’s skin or severe itching. Mange is caused by tiny mites, which burrow into your dog’s skin and lay eggs there. These mites are small, but they can be tough to get rid of because they live under your dog’s fur.

However, mange treatment at home is often discouraged. To keep the infection from spreading, you’ll need a doctor’s prescription. 


Hot Spots

Hot spots are itchy rashes caused by irritation on the skin. They’re pretty standard in dogs, especially if they’ve been fighting fleas or ticks recently (which is why you should always check your pup for ticks if you see one).

To treat hot spots, wash the area thoroughly with warm water and soap twice a day until it heals; then use an antibiotic ointment until it’s gone completely!



Flea and tick bites can cause your dog’s skin to become irritated and inflamed, leading to an infection if left untreated. To prevent this, make sure that you regularly use flea and tick treatments on your dog (and keep your home free of fleas).

Also, try frequently vacuuming to eliminate any fleas that might be hiding in carpets or furniture; it’s even better if you can clean before they lay eggs!



Ringworm is a fungus that infects dogs’ skin, hair, and nails. It causes circular lesions on the skin and bald patches in furred areas.

Ringworm in dogs is usually treated with a combination of topical (creams, ointments, or shampoos) and systemic medication (administration of anti-fungal drugs by mouth). To treat effectively, all environmental contaminants must be removed.


Dry Skin

Dry, itchy skin in dogs occurs when dogs lack moisture or have too much dirt stuck to their coats after grooming sessions or walks outside. This can cause discomfort for your dog because they will constantly scratch themselves until they bleed or develop rashes from excessive scratching at one location over time.

Using a veterinarian-approved shampoo and limiting the frequency of bathing frequently improves dry skin on dogs, assuming those factors are the problem. Some pet parents use a dog moisturizer to help relieve dry skin.


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While a pet grooming service may seem like just another business, the dedication to your pets that they offer speaks to something much deeper and more meaningful. You can tell when someone truly cares about the needs of animals from the way they treat them and their environment.

Nowhere is this more true than at a grooming service like Exceptional Pets Cave Creek. These are dedicated professionals who work hard to provide the service your pet deserves.

Exceptional Pets’ stylists will help your pet recover healthy skin and fur. Our grooming service also guarantees that your pet will be free of skin diseases.

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