Dogs' skin is more sensitive and fragile than it looks. Seborrheic dermatitis in dogs - also known as canine seborrhea - is a fairly common skin condition in our four-legged friends. The disease itself does not pose any threat to the dog's health, but the lack of proper treatment can lead to the progression of the condition, which, consequently, can trigger situationsthe most serious. Paws of the House has put together some important information about canine seborrheic dermatitis.
What is canine seborrheic dermatitis?
This type of dermatitis in dogs is characterized by some disorders that occur in the stratum corneum of the epidermis, that is, in the most superficial layer of the skin, which is where dead cells are deposited. The disorders in question are usually alterations in the production of sebum and keratin of the canine organism, compromising the natural process of cell renewal that takes place every 22 days (whenThus, when there is any problem in the sebaceous glands of the animal or the production of keratin is altered, the dog's skin suffers an inflammation that is known as canine seborrheic dermatitis.
The causes of seborrheic dermatitis are varied and can be primary or secondary. In the case of a primary disease, seborrhea derives from genetic factors. When it is secondary, it derives from an underlying disease, such as allergies, fungal problems, flea infestation and endocrine diseases.
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Seborrheic dermatitis: dogs can have two types of clinical manifestations
When it comes to seborrheic dermatitis, dogs can develop two types of the disease: dry and oily. As the name implies, dry seborrhea makes the animal's skin drier, with excessive flaking that is like dandruff in dogs. Without proper treatment, this is a condition that can evolve into oily canine seborrhea, which is when there is an increase in oiliness in the hairIn this situation, there is no flaking, but the dog may feel itchy and may also smell bad.
Canine seborrheic dermatitis: is home remedy an option?
When identifying or suspecting this type of problem, many guardians wonder how to treat canine seborrhea and if homemade alternatives can help. As with any issue related to dog health, it is essential to talk to a specialized veterinarian before making any decisions, but yes, there are some homemade solutions that can alleviate this dermatitis. Byfor example, in the case of dry canine seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), it is necessary to bathe the dog frequently with specific products and keep the animal's skin well hydrated. The use of dryers, on the other hand, is highly contraindicated. Oh, and of course: the dog's diet also makes all the difference at these times, so it is worth consulting a veterinarian nutritionist.
When it is an oily seborrhea, baths are equally necessary, but they need different products to take care of the problem, such as a soap with exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties.See_also: All about the Newfoundland: get to know all the characteristics of this large dog