Healing Skin Dermatitis in Dogs: Symptoms & Treatments
All dogs will scratch and itch at times, but if your dog is persistently scratching and you’ve noticed red, flaky skins or scabs, it could be a sign of atopic dermatitis.
A common condition in dogs, Atopic Dermatitis is unpleasant for your dog and stressful for you — but there are ways to relieve their symptoms through regular care.
The Causes of Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs
Atopic Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease, where your dog’s immune system overreacts to allergens. Many different allergens can trigger a reaction, including dust, house mites and grass. Symptoms often flare up periodically and won’t ever disappear completely, as it is a chronic disease.
Atopic Dermatitis is more common in some breeds than others because of their genetic disposition. This includes:
- English bulldogs
- French bulldogs
- Golden Retrievers
- Jack Russels
- Yorkshire Terriers
Which Allergens Cause Atopic Dermatitis?
There are a range of allergens that can cause Atopic Dermatitis. This includes seasonal allergens, such as pollen, as well as year-round allergens like mold, dust mites and house dusts.
The skin is a protective barrier against allergens but with dermatitis, the skin breaks down. Itching and scratching can lead to more severe reactions and often, the body’s natural immune response makes things worse.
What Are The Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs?
You will likely start seeing symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis when your dog is between the age of one and five. Sometimes, symptoms will be mild and often go unnoticed, although it’s important to remember that if your dog has dermatitis, they won’t simply grow out of it.
Common symptoms include:
- Constantly itching, scratching, biting
- Skin appears red or inflamed
- Frequent ear infections
- Frequent skin infections
- Runny-nose or eyes (less common symptoms but do appear sometimes)
Where to Check For Symptoms of Skin Dermatitis
The most common areas to find symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis on your dog include:
- Face (especially around the eyes)
- On paws & in between toe
Treatments For Your Dog’s Dermatitis
Some of the treatments for dermatitis in dogs include:
- Colloidal oatmeal baths
- Antibacterial and antifungal medications
- Essential oils
- Medicated shampoos
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
Often, dog owners comment that they struggle to get lasting results or relief for their dogs from the above treatments. That’s why the Natural Dog Company has developed the all-natural Wrinkle Balm and Skin Soother, which are designed to treat both Atopic Dermatitis and other skin conditions.
Wrinkle Balm or Skin Soother: Which Should I Choose?
With its gentle formulation, Wrinkle Balm© is designed to be used on your dog’s face and other sensitive areas. On the other hand, Skin Soother© is a much stronger formula, making it better suited for use on tougher issues in less sensitive regions.
We’ve explained when you should use each below:
Skin Soother©: Best for treating open cuts and infections
Skin Soother benefits from anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties, as a result of its carefully sourced natural ingredients. This organic balm treats the underlying cause to promote faster recovery times and reduce scarring, while also creating a protective barrier against allergens.
Skin Soother© Is Best For Treating:
- Wounds, cuts, scrapes, and burns
- Rashes and other skin irritations
- Post-surgery treatment
- Yeast or fungal infections
- Bacterial infections including hot spots, atopic dermatitis, impetigo, allergic dermatitis, acral lick dermatitis or granuloma
Wrinkle Balm©: Best for treating redness, inflammation, and chaffing
Wrinkle Balm has a gentler formula than Skin Soother, making it suitable for your dog’s face and sensitive areas. Although gentle on your dog, the balm is still strong enough to treat yeast, bacteria, and crusty buildup. It’s a great option for dogs with wrinkly skin, as skin conditions can develop between the wrinkles leading creating discomfort and an unpleasant smell.
Wrinkle Balm© Is Best For Treating:
- Skin fold dermatitis
- Yeast and bacterial infections
- Redness and inflammation of the skin
- Crusty building
- Sores, scabbing, pimples
- Itchy, flaky skin that leads to hair loss
- Stinky face, or unpleasant odors on skin
You’ll find Wrinkle Balm and Skin Soother in our skincare collection— order yours today!