Breeds Prone to Skin Infections
By Elizabeth Xu
Bringing a dog into your life is a big responsibility and, in addition to providing your new pet with treats, toys and love, you’ll need to provide her with proper medical care. Knowing what diseases and ailments, including skin conditions, she might be prone or predisposed to can be beneficial in keeping her happy and healthy throughout her life.
“Many dogs have a genetic predisposition, called atopy, towards developing skin allergies,” says Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM. “Some other common causes of skin problems include infections (bacterial or fungal) and parasites like fleas or mites.”
Common signs that your dog might have a skin issue include hair loss, itching, redness and bumps on the skin, Coates says. Further, she says that age can be a factor in skin infections. “Some skin problems, like demodectic mange, are more common in young dogs while other conditions, cancer for example, typically affect older dogs.”
Although finding the root cause of certain skin conditions in dogs can be tricky, the following breeds are known for getting certain skin infections.