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Common Skin Infections in Dogs

Dog skin infections are commonly caused by allergic reactions. When a dog has an allergy, their immune system overreacts to a particular substance, such as pollen, dust mites, or certain foods. This can lead to inflammation and irritation in the skin, which can make the skin more susceptible to infection. Common types of skin infections in dogs include bacterial and yeast infections.

In addition to receiving medical treatment from your vet, supplements can also help dogs (and cats) who are suffering from skin infections. Here are some ways natural supplements can help:

  • Improved Skin Health - Many allergy supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to improve skin and coat health. Omegas are especially helpful for atopic dermatitis, redness, dog dandruff or itchiness due to allergies.

  • Reduced Allergy Symptoms - By reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system, allergy supplements may help to reduce the symptoms of allergies in dogs, such as itching and scratching, skin irritation, atopic dermatitis, ear infections and digestive problems.

Dog Allergies & Skin Infections

Dog allergies and skin infections are often closely related. Allergies in dogs can cause a range of symptoms, including itching, redness, and skin irritation, which can lead to secondary skin infections.

Bacterial infections can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling and sores. Yeast infections can cause symptoms such as itching, redness and a strong "cheesy" odor.

If a dog has an allergy that is causing skin irritation, it's important to address both the allergy and any secondary skin infections that may have developed. Treatment for skin infections often include antibiotics or antifungal medications from your veterinarian.

To prevent chronic skin infections, it's important to control your dog's allergies. Make changes to your pet's diet and environment to reduce exposure to the allergen. Supplements for allergies and skin health may also be recommended by a veterinarian to support the immune system and reduce inflammation, which can help to prevent secondary skin infections.

Types Of Dog Skin Infections

Skin infections are common health issues in dogs. There are several types of skin infections that can affect dogs and the causes and treatments can vary depending on the type of infection. Here are the most common skin infections in dogs:

  • Bacterial Skin Infections - Bacterial skin infections are the most common types of dog skin infections. They are caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Bacterial infections can occur due to allergies, hormonal imbalances, poor grooming, fungal infections, or parasite infestations. The symptoms of bacterial infections include redness, swelling, and itchiness of the skin, hair loss, and scabs. Veterinarians usually prescribe oral or topical antibiotics for bacterial skin infections in dogs.

  • Yeast Skin Infections - Yeast skin infections are caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. The causes of these infections can include allergies, hormonal imbalances or underlying health conditions. The symptoms of dog yeast skin infections include redness, itching, and a greasy coat. Yeast skin infections are commonly treated with topical or oral antifungal medication prescribed by a veterinarian.

  • Fungal Skin Infections - Fungal skin infections, also known as dermatophytosis or ringworm, are caused by fungi such as Microsporum and Trichophyton. They are highly contagious to other pets and can be transmitted to humans. They are common in dogs and cats with weak immune systems or those living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Fungal infections typically manifest as circular, bald patches on the skin, which may be itchy and scaly. Sometimes, the skin may become red or inflamed. Veterinary treatment for fungal skin infections involves antifungal medication and topical creams.

  • Parasitic Skin Infections - Parasitic skin infections are caused by external parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Common parasites that cause skin infections in dogs include Demodex and Sarcoptes mites. Parasites can cause skin irritation, itching, hair loss and infection. The treatment for parasitic skin infections involves eliminating the parasites with medication and preventing reinfestations with flea and tick preventatives and regular grooming.

A balanced diet, supplements that boost the immune system and support skin health and regular grooming can help prevent dog skin problems. If your pet is showing symptoms of a skin infection, it is essential to consult a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.

Add-On Supplements For Dogs With Skin Infections, Pustules & Redness

Olive Leaf ExtractOlive Leaf Extract For Pets - A natural antibacterial herbal remedy that has been used since ancient times. Helpful for dogs with allergies, ear infections, skin infections and yeast overgrowth (tear-stained eyes, ear discharge, cheesy smell, licking groin, yeasty paws). Dogs use their skin to help remove toxins from their bodies and a build-up of toxins can cause red, itchy and smelly skin. Olive Leaf Extract is a natural alternative to antibiotics prescribed for skin conditions like atopic dermatitis in dogs. Its active ingredient, oleuropein, helps fight against pathogens while causing no harm to healthy bacteria in your pet's gut and mucous membranes. Olive Leaf Extract has antioxidant properties to help relieve the irritation and inflammation caused by skin infections.

NOT Capsules

NotaSAN Capsules - NotaSAN is a homeopathic remedy for dog allergies that helps calm allergy symptoms. The antibacterial properties of NotaSAN Capsules offer a unique and effective option for treating allergies and fighting infections. NotaSAN Capsules act like a natural antibiotic for dogs and helps doggie odor, skin redness, and pustules. It controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance. Combines well with K9 Yeast Defense. It is also helpful for upper respiratory and sinus infections. Use NotaSAN Capsules to help prevent recurring skin infections.

Learn more about supplements that can help allergies in dogs and cats

Originally published Feb 29, 2024
Updated Feb 29, 2024
Written by: Susan Davis, Pet Health Nutritionist, CCN
All pet treatment protocols and pet treatment supplements have been reviewed and approved by a veterinarian