As most dog owners will confess, collie skin problems will drive both the owner and the dog up a wall. Hour after hour of whining, scratching and licking is heartbreaking to watch. It is important that any owner of a collie understands the skin problems they are prone to so that thy can take care of their dogs when they develop any of the following conditions. The most common skin problems affecting collies and dogs in general include allergies, infectious skin ailments, hereditary circumstances, and internal diseases. Other infections such as yeast infection can occur if the primary condition is not treated in time.
Dogs are prone to different types of allergies and some of them are external and are classified among common collie skin problems. Just like humans, dogs are allergic to things such as insect bites (mostly fleas and ticks), food, environmental irritants which include but not limited to chemicals used in lawns, household cleaning chemicals, pollen and dust. Dogs are also allergic to medication, and other products such as plastic bowl and their own grooming products. All these will cause itching that can lead to excessive scratching and biting. This will leave their skin sore and vulnerable.
Collie skin problems can also be as a result of immune disorders. Diseases such as canine lupus, diabetes, atopic dermatitis, and hot spots, can be caused by immune syndrome. These conditions will occur when your dog’s immune system is overworked or when it is not working properly. These are the most serious among the common dog skin diseases and can be fatal if not treated in time. You need to observe your dog once in a while to make sure that there is no disease hiding under the beautiful fur. This will give you a chance to take your dog to the vet so that an illness can be arrested before it goes too far.
Infectious collie skin diseases are fungal, viral, bacterial or parasitic in nature. For this reason most of Collie skin problems are contagious. Some of these infections are zoonotic meaning that your dog can infect you with a skin disease. Some of the zoonotic infections include ringworms, demodectic mange and sarcoptic mange. This tells you that you should be vigilante when dealing with these diseases as they will not only affect your dog, but if you are not too careful, you will be going to see the doctor the same day you will take your dog to the vet.
It is quite easy to notice collie skin problems as most cases will include a foul odor and a lot of scratching. Some conditions will include dry skin and brittle hairs. You will need to be thorough when checking your dog to make sure that they are not suffering from any type of skin infection. Collies are beautiful but the skin condition could be hiding under the cute fur. If the condition does not alleviate, you should visit a veterinarian for thorough check up and a more defined treatment.