Skin Disorders exist in Pugs…Common Causes and Treatments.

Your little Pug suffers from skin disorders. Just like some humans, he has a whole slew of allergies. He is allergic to insect bites, certain foods, and even certain surfaces. He may also suffer from digestive problems.

Insect bites, such as those of the flea, tick, and mite cause itching. Your pet responds by scratching. The scratching often leads to infection.

He may also suffer from other common skin disorders such as demodectic mange, staph infection, skin fold dermatitis, and acne. You must remain visual and monitor your Pug for any signs of these skin disorders.

Just what is demodectic mange? How is it treated? Is it contagious to humans?

Demodectic mange or red mange usually occurs in Pugs between the ages of 4 months and 10 months of age. An inherited condition, demodectic mange passes from the mother to the puppy. Some veterinarians even recommend neutering the puppy so that he cannot breed.

Mange is a mite. Your pet’s immune system keeps these mites dormant until a traumatic event occurs. This event could be as common as teething. This lowers the animal’s natural immunity and causes the mites to multiply.

Demodectic mange takes several different forms. One form causes your Pug to loose patches of hair around its eyes. The exposed skin looks healthy and does not itch.

In another form of Demodectic mange, the hair loss is limited to the area around the feet. Infection, accompanied by swelling, pain, and some drainage occur.

If left untreated the skin becomes infected. The area crusts over and oozes with pus. Your Pug loses its hair. The hair loss can range from small patches to large areas.

This condition very seldom clears up by itself. Your pet needs antibiotics and anti-mite medication to alleviate the problem. Your Pug cannot transfer this disease to humans.

Like human teenagers, young Pugs often suffer with acne. Small to moderate pimples form on the chin area. Over-the-counter acne cleaning pads help to clean up the area. The acne cleaning pads helps to prevents additional outbreak.

You can also wash the affected area with an antibacterial shampoo daily. You should follow by thoroughly rinsing the area with plain water. If this skin disorder does not clear, up or improve within one week, you should see your veterinarian.

Your Pug may suffer with allergic dermatitis. The skin itches. The animal constantly bites and scratches the area. The skin reddens with small bumps, oozing and possibly sticky areas and scabs, and sometimes dandruff like scales. The skin is warm to the touch.

The Pug loses its hair and its skin thickens. If these changes go untreated, they often become permanent.

As the condition worsens, your pet licks at its feet and legs. A reddish brown stain forms on the hair. There may also be a watery nasal discharge and sneezing. In addition, the animal may also experience excessive tearing, conjunctivitis, vomiting or diarrhea.

Fleas usually cause these conditions. Do not use flea sprays or dips on you Pug if its skin is already irritated. These remedies often make the condition worse. You should see your veterinarian at once. This is especially important if your pet has recently been either spayed or neutered.

Your pet may suffer from allergies to food, molds, pollens, dust, cigarette smoke, and cats. These allergies also cause itchy skin.

With a mild reaction to food, you can try a different food, such as foods that do not contain corn and wheat. Severe reactions need more attention. Your veterinarian may want to run tests or suggest a food made of only one product. You should monitor his food intake so that he does not become obese.

If your Pug suffers from contact irritant dermatitis, he was exposed to some type of irritant such as a plant, a chemical, or even a flea collar. The hair in the affected area becomes thin. If left untreated, the skin becomes moist and sticky.

What are Other Common Skin Disorders?

Another very common skin disorder is ringworms. This infection affects the hair, toenails, or skin. Fungi transmitted from other animals, people, or the soil cause it. Usually it appears as a rapidly spreading, circular area of hair loss.

As treatment, you must either wash and disinfect or discard all of your pet’s bedding, collars, leash, grooming equipment, and anything that he encounters. This includes thoroughly cleaning your home with disinfectant. A solution of one part Clorox to tens part water is an excellent, inexpensive disinfectant. Also, change all of the air filters in your home.

Your pet spends most of its time inside. Yet, because he is a social animal, he is often exposed to other animals. Although, you strive to keep your little one healthy and well groomed, other pet owners may not go to such lengths. You must practice preventive medicine at all times. This means keeping your little friend in a clean and parasite-free environment.

Skin disorders often give early warnings of other major health issues. Paying attention to these early warnings and seeking professional attention when needed may extend your pet’s life.

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