Dog Skin Allergy Information and Articles

If your dog has a skin issue — often referred to as dermatitis — he probably isn’t hiding it.
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Coconut oil can aid dogs with everything from itchy or bumpy skin to digestion issues. But is this oil all that it’s cracked up to be, and are there risks that pet parents should be aware of?
Dog skin conditions and dog skin disorders may show one or more of the following symptoms:
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In normal dogs, the skin's barrier keeps water inside the body and substances like bacteria, yeast and pollens out. In dogs with a barrier defect, those substances "leak" into the deeper layers of the skin. Because the body perceives them as invaders, the immune system revs itself up to destroy them, bringing local inflammation to the area as part of the immune response. Learn about common dog skin problems and how to help your canine cope.
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I find the argument that skin is an isolated system to be infuriating especially when the superficial approaches used to remedy issues of the skin keep dogs in a cycle of sickness.The skin is part of a bodily system called the integumentary system that includes nails, earflaps, ear canals, fur and various glands like sweat, anal, tail and lymph. It provides an elemental barrier holding muscles, internal organs, bones and connective tissue inside the body giving dogs their flexible shape. With a pH of 7.4 varying slightly depending on the area of the body, breed, fur color and stress level, skin makes up 12 percent of your dog’s total bodyweight.There is a common misconception that you shouldn’t bathe your dogs very often and that doing so can make skin conditions worse. Most veterinarians treat skin disease through a combination of steroids and antibiotics. But if you’re like me, you want to stay away from harsh drugs and try all natural courses of action first. The use of ‘shampoo therapy’ to treat skin conditions may be the most overlooked natural therapy for dogs with skin disease.Keratinocytes produce keratin responsible for waterproofing your dog’s coat. Melanocytes dictate your dog’s skin and hair color while protecting against the sun’s UV rays. Merkel cells provide sensory perception. For example, merkel cells are found in the paw pads of dogs. Langerhans cells play a fundamental role in your dog’s immune health by keeping the skin’s micro biome balanced.A dog’s skin is thinner than ours. 95 percent is covered in fur (give or take some hairless breeds) and made up of three layers: the epidermis, dermis and hydrodermis.The release of toxins through the skin is the body’s way of trying to rid itself of disease. When we pay attention, the skin can serve as an early warning system alerting you to chronic disease and imbalances inside your dog’s body.