Pyoderma in Dogs - Symptoms and Treatment

No guardian wants their dog to develop a bacterial skin infection. However, Pyoderma often occurs at some point during a canine’s life. So, it’s important that all whoomans educate themselves about the symptoms and treatment process. Only then will individuals notice the warning signs early enough to limit discomfort for their animal. Most vets are well-trained in spotting bacterial skin infections. For that reason, many people discover the problem during a routine checkup. Still, the earlier people deal with the issue; the better. Use the information from this page to gain a better understanding.

Symptoms of Pyoderma

Pyoderma tends to occur in areas of skin that have become cut or damaged. The wound makes it easier for bacteria to get inside the animal and cause discomfort. Common symptoms often include:

  • Itchiness
  • Pustules
  • Crusted skin
  • Raised lesions
  • Hair loss
  • Discharge

If owners notice any of the things mentioned above, they need to take their animal to see a specialist as soon as possible. However, it’s important not to mistake Pyoderma for mosquito bites or anything similar. In most instances, bacterial infections will get worse before they disappear. So, it's the kindest thing to do for the pooch.  

Treatment options

The primary treatment for Pyoderma in dogs will involve the animal having to take some antibiotics. Vets will prescribe the medication as soon as they make a diagnosis. With a bit of luck, the infection should clear up within seven days. In extreme cases, some animals can take as long as eight weeks to recover. Owners just need to make sure they do everything possible to keep the area clean and free from bacteria. A pet flea pill or two should also reduce the chances of any infestations causing problems near to the skin. Just don’t make the mistake of washing the canine too often as that can have an adverse effect.

Preventative measures

For unknown reasons, dogs that develop Pyoderma once are more likely to contract the condition again. For that reason, it’s essential that owners take some preventative measures. There are tablets and creams available online that can assist in reducing the chances of any further infections. Owners would benefit from keeping some of them to hand at home. Anyone who wants to save their dog the discomfort of a bacterial infection should:

  • Monitor their animal for ticks and fleas
  • Use antibacterial solutions to clean wounds
  • Take the animal to see a specialist if it becomes injured

At most, owners should wash their dogs twice each week if they suspect an infection. Just be sure never to use any human shampoos or conditioners on the animal. That could result in their skin becoming dry crusty. The action could also increase the chances of the pooch contracting another infection in the future.

Now people have all the best information about Pyoderma, spotting the warning signs can dealing with the issue should become much easier. There are plenty of images available online that should help owners to identify bacterial infections of the skin in their animals. Take a look if there is any confusion, and book an appointment to see the vet as soon as possible! All canines with Pyoderma will require antibiotics!

Thank you for reading!

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