Believe it or not – there are more than 150 skin problems that can occur in dogs. These skin problems can be generally categorized either as curable or incurable.

You have to be able to distinguish one from the other so you and your veterinarian can work together later on when diagnosing and treating your pet’s condition. Here’s what you should know about both curable and incurable skin conditions in our beloved four-legged friends:

Curable skin disorders in dogs

Bacterial dermatitis is one of the most commonly seen curable skin disorders in dogs. This type is characterized by scales and crusts, tiny and inflamed eruptions on the skin as well as circular hair loss patches. At some point in time, additional crusty patches on the skin can also occur. For such cases, the dog is required to undergo sensitivity tests before an antibiotic can be recommended. This treatment must be used from around two to three months. In more severe cases, the treatment period will be longer.

Bacterial dermatitis and all other curable skin disorders in dogs can recur from time to time. This being said, it will be good to seek proper treatment once your dog has been diagnosed with such skin disorders. Visit your veterinarian and he can provide your pet with the proper treatment that it needs to get rid of the problem. Otherwise, your dog will experience the problem throughout its lifetime, thus causing you to presume that the disorder is incurable.

Incurable skin disorders in dogs

When your doctor tells you that you have an incurable disease, what will be your reaction? Of course, you will know that there might be serious consequences. The same is true when your dog is diagnosed with an incurable skin disorder. Your dog will be inconvenienced throughout its lifetime.

An example of incurable chronic skin disorders in dogs is chronic dermatitis. While the condition may persevere on your pet for a certain period of time and can be aggravated by a food allergy or flea saliva, you should not fret. They can be managed properly by constant observation by your veterinarian. Typically, the veterinarian will diagnose the possible offending antigen and from there, he or she will recommend that your dog should be prevented from having contact with the antigen.

You can help as a dog owner

As mentioned earlier, one of your duties is to make sure your dog receives proper treatment right away when it is experiencing a curable skin disorder. Do the same thing when the skin problem is incurable. Make sure too that you observe proper care when treatment is recommended by your veterinarian. You cannot just apply cream or OTC drugs over the lesions just because you think it can prevent your dog from experiencing the itching in the future.

It can be very hard to distinguish a curable from an incurable skin disorder in dogs. With that in mind, it is best to visit a Tarrytown, NY veterinary hospital and get your pet checked by veterinarians right away as well as seek proper treatment (or prevention).