Wed, May 8, 2024
Flakey skin or dandruff

This rash has been reoccurring over the last year this makes the third time that she's had this rash. It's got scabs and flakiness skin irritation hair loss around the areas and last time it's spread up to her underarms and chest antibiotics cleared it up the two times but I'm wondering if there is something more serious going on to make this continuously happen.

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Rashes may appear frightening and unsettling, but they are quite common. The bumps and redness could be caused by anything from a simple bacterial skin infection to a more serious underlying condition like Cushing’s disease. However, the recurrent nature of the problem suggests there may be an underlying cause that predisposes her to these infections.

Allergies are a common underlying cause for recurrent skin infections in dogs. They can be environmental (atopy), food-related, or due to flea allergy dermatitis. Additionally, hormonal imbalances, immune disorders, or external factors such as irritants in the environment could also be contributing to the skin issues.

Minimize exposure to potential environmental allergens by regularly washing your dog's bedding, avoiding walking in areas with known irritants, and using hypoallergenic shampoos.

Supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids can help improve skin health and reduce inflammation.

If you notice any of the following additional symptoms, it would be prudent to take your dog to the hospital:

- Severe lethargy or depression
- Loss of appetite or refusal to drink water
- Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
- Swelling of the face, hives, or signs of severe allergic reaction

Since her symptoms are persistent, I recommend that you take her to the vet to determine the exact cause.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.