Dog with skin Fungus

How to Recognize and Treat Dog Skin Infections « Whole Life Pets Blog

Your dog’s skin is actually a protective organ – the largest organ in the body. When this barrier is compromised, the stage is set for infection. There are three types of organisms that can cause skin infections – bacteria, fungus and yeast. Often there will be an underlying health issue that sets the stage for skin infections, so be sure to address the primary cause when you treat for a skin disorder or you will find yourself dealing with a chronic problem that continues to return – possibly worse every time.

Underlying conditions can be allergies – particularly to parasites, hormonal imbalances such as hyperthyroidism, immune deficiencies or autoimmune conditions. Anything that makes your dog itch intensely can set the stage for infection – if they scratch or chew their skin enough bacteria or yeasts can reach the deeper layers of skin and grow out of control – causing more itching and scratching and a vicious cycle begins. Proper diagnosis is important so you know exactly what you are treating.

Bacterial Infection

Healthy skin is teaming with bacteria; it is only when there is an underlying health issue as discussed above that pathogenic bacteria can take over and cause infection and lesions. Staph bacteria are the most common organisms found in infected areas of a dog’s skin. These bacteria are not contagious to you or other pets – they are already present on the skin and only become an issue when things get out of balance.

Typically you will see itchy, yellowish raised areas. The skin often looks red and irritated around the pustule. Eventually they erupt and become crusty – leaving a red, irritated patch of skin beneath. As the condition progresses you will notice a foul smell and patches of missing fur.

Sores can appear anywhere on the body, but frequently appear first on the trunk – eventually spreading to the legs and neck. Infection can also set up between the toes or in the ear.

Both the external lesions and the internal immune imbalance must be addressed. Allergies are often the original culprit – so be sure to follow the steps outlined for treating itchy skin: Dogs with Itchy Skin – Why They Itch and How to Help.


Dog with allergies...

2007-01-20 10:00:47 by Alicia_S

Hi all! Haven't been here in awhile. Hannah the hound pup is doing great as usual. :)
Anyway, my boyfriend's parents have an 8 year old lab with horrible skin allergies. He's so itchy and miserable. They've taken him to the vet several times and keep getting prescribed more pills that don't seem to be helping much. His ears are all scabby and bloody from scratching, and he's got bald spots everywhere. It's not a skin fungus, so I'm thinking allergies. I discreetly noticed yesterday they are feeding him Beneful, so I held my tongue and came home and printed out a bunch of articles from the Dog Food Project to give to them

Do not use dryer sheets on the dogs

2012-12-09 20:53:58 by jamesv

Those will harm your dog. those chemicals are bad
I bathe my dogs every week and brush them regularly. it keeps them clean and healthy. I occasionally rub cedar oil blended with flax oil which shines their fur, moisturizes skin, and kills bugs. because cedar is an earthy natural scent, the dogs are not bothered by it.
Colgate toothpaste contains fluoride which is bad for you, and there are cheaper more effective salves for burns
loctite and super glue also work as thread locker
pure peppermint oil is far stronger and cheaper than altoids,

Bacteria in the skin plus

2006-10-09 13:42:27 by Sharpie-

One of the problems with Shar-pei is the stiff, bristly coat. The hairs irritate the skin, making it raw, and opening it up for bacterial infections and fungus.
Not sure there's any cure, cause the dog will always have this bristly coat.
One inexpensive thing that could be done is weekly, or twice weekly baths in tea tree oil shampoo.
The shampoo can be made inexpensively:
Mix in about 1/4oz tea tree oil with some inexpensive shampoo.
Everything can be found at WalMart.

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  • Avatar louawright How to get rid of itchy skin on our dog?
    Aug 08, 2008 by louawright | Posted in Dogs

    Our dog which is 8 has always had skin problems she has been to different vets and they have tried numerous things including cortisone shots. she gets like dandruff and her hair falls out and she really smells no matter how many baths she gets. any ideas out there?
    the skin around where the hair is falling out is brown and scaly.

    • Where is the itchy skin on the dog. If it is on it's neck then maybe the collar is irritating it's neck. if you go to you can order a custom made collar for a decent price. Don't keep bathing her because it is bad for their skin. That is probably why she has dandruff. dogs always smell. my dog does too. but not giving him a bath really helps. try it

  • Avatar alovefordogs My dogs ears are disgusting they smell horrible to. what can i do to stop the smell?
    Oct 26, 2007 by alovefordogs | Posted in Dogs

    Ok i have a german shepard mix and the inside of his ears are completely filled with waxy brownish stuff that smells horrible i have tried to clean them out befor but he wont let me they are getting worse and i cant affo …vet. he also never stops scratching at them and he has made them bleed i dont know what to do for the poor thing. and he has a skin problem too. i think he might have alergies. can a dog be alergic to cats or dust mites?

    • As everyone else has stated time and again..


      Take your dog into the vet, most vets will work out a payment plan to care for your dog. (Provided you have the shots for your dog...)

      Good luck and God Speed

  • Avatar cgeiger2000 Any home remedies to help save a dog with Blastomycosis?
    Jul 11, 2008 by cgeiger2000 | Posted in Dogs

    My dog has been diagnosed with Blastomycosis, which is a fungal infection and is fatal. I can not afford the $1200 it would cost for proper treatment. Any at home fungal sprays or anything I could try to save him?
    Just wanted to clarify that it is a fungal infection of the lungs.

    • Blastomycosis disseminates in dogs or people, antifungal therapy is necessary. Otherwise, the disease will progress and can be fatal. Antifungal therapy presents problems to the human or veterinary clinician. There are a …y to canine patients.

      edit* I am aware that this is a fungal infection of the lungs. Diflucan circulates thru the blood and attacks the fungus where it finds it be it the lungs or the skin.