Skin diseases and disorders in Labrador health are upsetting for both pet and human. They can be itchy, uncomfortable and even painful for your dog and can be unsightly and contagious to other pets or even people. Since Labradors are notorious for having somewhat sensitive skin, it is best to check your Labrador for the signs of any skin disorder if they start to focus on a certain part of their body more often than others while cleaning.
Detection of a skin disease or disorder can be done fairly quickly and easily. If your pet is scratching or itching in a concentrated area, examine that area closely. Check for dryness or red and puffy inflammation. Look for skin flakes around the area, too.
Skin disorders and diseases can manifest on your Labrador for many reasons. Skin parasites and insects are a common cause of skin disorders in Labrador health because of their love of the outdoors. External allergies or irritants can cause a short-term reaction to an unknown environmental factor. Your Labrador may have a food allergy or may lack a vital nutrient in it’s diet. All of these can cause uncomfortable skin problems and hair loss for your dog.
Fleas, mites and other skin parasites can cause a few different types of skin disorders. Alopecia presents itself with hair loss on the sides of the legs in the back and the front. Lick granuloma can cause hair loss anywhere on your Labrador’s body and is caused by the excessive licking of itchy or painful sores. Dandruff and dermatitis are also caused by skin parasites.
If there are no parasites detected on your Labrador, see if your pet has allergies. Keep in mind that it may not be environmental allergies but a food allergy. Many dogs are allergic to milk, whey, pork, beef, eggs and/or soy and even non-natural products like food coloring and certain preservatives.
Your Labrador’s immune system may also be the cause of a skin issue. Hormonal imbalances can cause hair loss similar to a parasitic infestation. The difference is that you will usually see the early detection signs of a hormonal imbalance on your pet’s nose, ears and face instead of the legs and hind quarters.
Skin conditions in Labrador health are mostly curable. Once you have detected the disease or disorder, your veterinarian should be consulted. Medications and antiseptic washes can be prescribed to cure the skin problem. Be sure to follow the advice of your vet for the most beneficial road to regaining your Labrador health.