Dermatological problems in pets are really front and center; therefore, among there are specialists among veterinarians working only in this field. Fungal diseases, allergies, apostemes can be found even in the most well-cared-for pets.
Most noticeable condition is a rash on a short-haired dog’s snout, but also in fluffy beauties it can be recognized by the behavior of the animal. What can possibly cause this problem and how serious can it possibly get?
Signs You Need to Pay Attention to
In long-haired dark-colored dogs it is difficult to detect timely any manifestations of skin diseases. We advise to take regular checkups of your pet a habit just in case. Sure distress signals: animal restlessly scratches at one and the same area, sometimes even the coat begins falling out in this spot. Blood and injuries may also appear due to the scratching. Only in very rare cases, a dog will not have an itch in such condition, and even this, most likely, is only temporarily. An inspection of the damaged site should be performed very carefully, with hands thoroughly washed and disinfected both before and after the procedure.
There are a very small number of diseases transmitted from dogs to people that manifest themselves in skin rashes. For example, lichen is dangerous. Over and above, with extensive flea invasions accompanied by vesiculation, the owners may also suffer. It is impermissible to ignore even faint reddish spots and scaly skin, if only to eliminate the risk for other animals the dog communicates with. Howbeit, in this case both at home and in the street the responsibility lies with the owners of the first sick pet.
What Does the Problem Indicate?
The cause of a rash on a dog’s face can be a dermatological disease or pathology of the internal organs or virus that has infected several body systems. The first thing people usually think about is allergy. Indeed, in recent years, visiting to veterinarians with this problem have increased, as environmental degradation greatly affects domestic animals. Any veterinarian clinic usually performs a blood test to determine the presence of an allergic reaction.
Dogs sometimes get sick with fungal or bacterial infections with characteristic manifestations on the skin of a pet. Pets contact an illness when communicating with other animals; therefore you need to stick to the preventive treatment as thorough as possible. It is impossible to determine on your own the real causative agent of a rash. It is necessary to contact a veterinarian if the spot on the skin is red, growing in size with skin peeling off and hair in this area falling out. The most dangerous are internal diseases that affect the condition of the skin. These include:
- certain types of cancer;
- staphylococcal infection;
- streptococcal infection;
- canine distemper.
Red rash on dog’s face should be treated as soon as may be especially since its occurrence is not always associated with a common allergy. It can manifest itself during periods of growth and molting, when the animal’s immune system is under stress and can fail. In such cases, it is recommended to consult a doctor and do all the prescribed tests. If no bacterial or fungal infections are found, it is necessary to perform blood and urine tests to determine the likelihood of diseases of the internal organs or a severe allergic reaction. In case of the latter, it is worth paying attention to whether there are the same red spots on the abdomen.
In some animals in case of intoxication, a small red rash similar to mosquito bites also appears. This appears as nothing but allergic urticaria, but its real cause is a strong intoxication of the whole organism. At the same time, the dog is probably vomiting with foamy masses; it weakens dramatically and shows all the characteristic signs of a fever. The pet needs medical attention, most likely it will need gastric lavage and , because this is a very severe poisoning or a serious food infection.
It is not recommended to attempt treating rashes on dog’s snout at home. First, it may not be superficial irritation at all, but a symptom of a disorder in the workings of internal organs. Secondly, in case of skin infections, treating the wrong type of parasite or bacteria will lead to an imbalance of the flora and an even greater spread of infection.
For example, it is considered that a white rash in dogs is a sign of a fungal disease, but it may also be nothing but scaling of skin due to a common viral infection of the body. And, of course, the fact that allergies can be exacerbated and require hormonal treatment should encourage the owners to pay a visit to the local veterinary clinic. It’s better to go home afterwards in full conviction of a common allergy and administer a single antihistamine pill to your pet than to miss a serious problem.