Skin and coat problems can be very common in most dogs. Does your dog have a condition called seborrhea? This is a condition with flaky or scaly and is more of a symptom than a disease. The condition can be dry (secca) or oily (oleosa). These conditions sometimes are not evident at a very young age and can be a result of itching and other underlying issues.
Some of the underlying issues should be evident such as a parasite problem. Your dog may also be reacting to allergies, atopy, Cheyletiellosis, pyoderma and Malassezia. Other concerns may be such conditions as demodicosis; dermatophytosis; endocrine diseases (hypothyroidism, Cushing’s, sex hormone imbalance); pemphigus foliaceous; mycosis fungoides (this disease can be very pruritic); chronic steroid administration; dietary reasons (fatty acid deficiency); and environmental factors (low humidity).
If you suspect your dog has any type of skin condition such as seborrhea, it would be wise to call your veterinarian for a complete and definitive diagnosis in order to find the right treatment. The sooner you can get help for your dog, the better for the treatment. It could be a very minor problem if caught early rather than escalating to something more severe.
Some dogs respond to a great quality diet, good grooming and supplements with essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omeg-6 such as Salmon Oil). Salmon oil can really help give dogs a shiny coat. Speak with your veterinarian for his recommendations for your dogs healthy skin and coat.
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