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Rashes on Dogs

Several dogs contract many different kinds of rashes. This article lists the reasons behind these rashes and how you can treat them.
DogAppy Staff
If you have a dog, it's important to know about the various health problems it can be affected by, one of them being skin rashes. Rashes are a common health problem that many dogs are afflicted with. If proper care is taken and the dog is treated as soon as it starts showing the symptoms, then it will not suffer much.
Causes and Types of Rashes
Bacterial Infections
This infection is mainly caused due to the staphylococcus bacteria. It is not contagious, but is a big irritation for the dog. It causes the skin to itch a lot. Yellow-colored abscesses similar to pimples start erupting on the dog's skin because of it. First, these rashes ulcerate, which causes a lot of pain to the dog, and then turn crusty, which leads to hair fall in the dog.
Fungal Infections
The most common fungal infection is caused due to the ringworm, which is contagious. Mainly young dogs are affected by it. It starts on the paws and head of the dog and if not treated on time, can spread all over the body.
Fleas and Other Parasites
Parasites such as mites, ticks, and fleas also cause rashes if they are present on the dog's body. These parasites cause severe skin irritation which leads to itchy skin, which in turn leads to eruption of raised red bumps or rashes. They are easy to diagnose and can be treated by skin scraping.
Allergies
Rashes can also appear due to allergies. Given below is a list of the various allergies that dogs can contract.
Food Allergies
Sometimes, the dog might be allergic to some dog food because of which it gets rashes on the skin. When you feed your dog, make sure that he/she is not allergic to the food. If proper care is taken, then the allergies can be easily curbed.
Shampoo Residue
Rashes can also erupt due to the shampoo residue. This is a very common problem. Bathing a dog is a tedious task, with the dog shying away from the water, trying to break free, and frisk about. Thus, you cannot wash off the shampoo from the dog's body properly. This residue becomes very itchy and can cause rashes. Wash your dog with warm water in order to remove it.
Environmental Allergies
Man pollutes the environment and along with him suffer the innocent animals. Some harmful toxins that we use in our homes or in our gardens have a negative effect on our dogs. They might also be sensitive to certain pollutants in the air (which we cannot control), which causes skin rashes.
Drug Allergies
This might also be one of the causes if your dog is under medication. If you want to change these medicines, then consult the veterinarian before you do so.
Treatments
These natural methods will give your dog instant relief from all the itching and irritation.
  • Aloe Vera Cream or Gel: Just like when you have rashes or a skin infection, you use aloe vera gel or cream, you can also use the same for your dog.
  • Milk of Magnesia: It is a soothing substance which is good for the itchy, dry, and irritated skin. Pour some on a cotton ball and apply it on the infected area. It will bring your dog instant relief.
  • Oatmeal Shampoo with Aloe: Oatmeal is great to treat dogs with rashes. It keeps their skin healthy, while the aloe gets rid of the rashes.
  • Baking Soda: If you mix baking soda and water and apply it on the rashes of your dog, he/she will get instant relief.
  • Visit a Veterinarian: The above medicines will give your dog instant relief from all the itching and irritation. However, that relief is temporary. It is better to visit a vet if you see rashes on your pet's face, body, legs, etc. The vet will know best how to deal with it.
  • Proper Grooming : Proper dog care is required to avoid skin rashes. Give your dog a bath frequently with proper medicated shampoos.
The next time you see rashes on your dog's skin, you will know what to do to provide him/her with instant relief. Do not ignore it if you want to prevent it from getting worse.