Dog Eczema – Can Eczema Really Affect My Pooch?
Does “dog eczema” sound funny to you? Well, you better keep your laughter to yourself. To a dog, eczema is just as irritating as it is to us humans. But what makes it even more irritating for our pooches is that they can’t reach every part of their bodies to scratch themselves. And unlike us, they don’t have the means to prevent, treat, or manage their condition. They’d have to rely on their owners to help them with their eczema.
Yes, Dogs Get Eczema Too.
As mammals, dogs share resemblances to us humans even when it comes to illnesses and physical conditions. They too develop cataracts, cancers, tumors, stomach upsets, diabetes, heart diseases, congenital anomalies, and many other conditions that we humans deal with. One of the conditions that affects both humans and canines is eczema.
Dog eczema too is a chronic skin condition, affecting our canine friends.
Dog eczema is a term used to describe eczema in dogs. Another popular term for this condition in dogs is canine eczema. Dog eczema or canine eczema is no different from the eczema that affects humans – it too is a chronic skin condition wherein skin irritation results to skin inflammation and the eventual appearance of rashes. But there is no differentiation in dog eczema as with humans. Dog eczema has no types unlike human eczema where there is atopic eczema, sebaceous or seborrheic eczema, xerotic eczema, and contact dermatitis among many others. There is only dog eczema for dogs – no more, no less.
The symptoms of dog eczema are universal and have no distinctions like that of eczema in humans.
The rashes with dog eczema look the same unlike with eczema in humans where there are differences due to the variant types of eczema. Its symptoms undergo two stages – the dry stage and the wet stage. During the dry stage of dog eczema, dog rashes are just beginning to appear. By the time dog eczema has reached the wet stage, dog rashes have progressed and gotten worse. It is important to watch out for early signs of dog eczema on your pooch’s skin. This will keep your dog’s eczema from progressing to the wet stage.
The dry stage of dog eczema starts off with noticeable hair loss. Your pooch isn’t going to lose hair all over but will instead lose patches of hair on several parts of his or her body which have been affected. A closer look at these bald patches will reveal that the skin in the area looks and feels dry compared to skin on other parts of his or her body where there is no hair loss. Another thing that you may notice is that your dog appears to be irritated by these bald patches, constantly scratching them, nibbling on them, or licking them.
When the wet stage of dog eczema picks up due to your pooch’s constant scratching, nibbling, and licking, the dog rashes will eventually develop wounds. These wounded rashes will ooze a clear liquid and would even bleed at times. The wet stage of dog eczema is even more irritating than the dry stage because the wounded dog rashes are both painful and itchy. Not even this stage will stop your dog from scratching, nibbling, or licking his or her dog rashes.
Your dog’s eczema should be taken just as seriously as the eczema that you have. If you think that you’re going through hell with your eczema, just think how much suffering your dog is going through too. Dog eczema is no laughing matter. It is a serious skin condition that affects our pooches just as much as it affects us.