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One of the best things in life is to see the joy your dog has when he looks at you. It is just as sad when your best-friend is suffering from some illness and looks at you with sad eyes, unable to vocalize what he is going through. However, this does not mean that you cannot detect what has happened to him. Dogs can be affected by different types of diseases. Here are four things to look out for which will indicate if your dog is having skin disease:
- Hair-fall:Needless to say, this is one symptom that every dog owner knows is caused by a skin disease. However, it is better to know more about it so that you will be better able to take the right decisions at the right time. The hair fall can be a result of either a systematic disorder, or a symptom as a secondary disorder. Either ways, it is one of the saddest things to see your pooch losing patches of hair and going bald. If your best-friend is balding, seek medical help immediately as it can get very difficult to diagnose the problem. The causes vary- sometimes it can be due to parasites, and at others it could be due to the hormonal glands.
- Itchy skin:This is a very common problem in dogs. However, this does not mean it can be taken easily. If you notice your dog persistently scratching, any time of the day you should be seeing a vet. Though itching does not seem like a big problem, persistent itching leads to wounds, gashes, hair loss and lesions in the skin. One of the most common causes of itching can be flea allergy.
- Dull-coats:Has the shine of your dog’s coat of fur been replaced with a dull-looking shade? If yes, then that is another sign of skin disease. This could possibly be caused by a deficit of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Try supplementing these fatty acids in your dog's diet and look for a change. It is always advisable to do this under the guidance of a vet. Try making these supplements a part of your dog's diet.
- Red-spots:If you find sores or red spots on your dog's skin, find out if it is a secondary symptom caused by itching. Red spots are usually symptoms of allergies and bacterial infections. In case your pooch has sores that are sticky, take him to the vet without delay as it such things are know to worsen with time.Some symptoms can overlap with others. Observe your dog carefully to observe any patterns. Determine the effects of different foods, environments and medications on your dogs and keep a careful not of these patterns. After all, if your best-friend is happy, so are you.