Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail
We know how it feels to be a dog lover and a dog owner. Your world literally revolves around your dog and one of the main reasons behind this affection is because your dog loves you back equally, maybe more.
Dogs are, by far, the best creation of the creator and its ok if you love them a little too much. Everyone does!
But since these four-legged wonders has a very short time on earth, their owners are always worried about their health, isn’t it?
Afterall, who would want to lose someone who is loyal, caring, cute and loving like these dogs are.
Even a scratch on their skin can make us worried about them.
And when our pet has crusty scabs on their back, we usually don’t know what to do, right?
The reason behind those scabs? Is there anything serious? Can they be treated at home or you should consult a doctor?
We know there are so many questions that goes around in a dog owner’s head related to their dog’s health and we are here to help you get as many answers as we can.
So, brace yourself and get ready to know all about why my dog has crusty scabs on his back?
Did we say we are only going to talk about scabs? Nope! There’s a hub of interesting and useful information waiting for you below.
Read the table of content and continue reading.
|Black spots on dog’s skin|
|Why my dog has dry flaky skin and scabs?|
|Why my dog has crusty scabs on his back?|
|How do you treat scabs on dogs?|
|Can ticks cause scabs on dogs?|
|Why is my dog’s skin turning black?|
|Can I put Neosporin on my dog’s scab?|
Looks like you are about to learn so much on your dog’s skin and its treatment.
So, get going and grab all the essential information from below.
Welcome to the Dog- Dermatologist Centre
No matter which breed’s dog you have, they are often prone to same disease and can have common health problems.
And so, the details you are about to receive applicable to all kinds of dogs.
Coming back to our main topic, let’s start with discussing the reason behind your dog getting a crusty scab on his back.
Do you know that these crusty scabs are called folliculitis a superficial-bacteria?
This bacteria cause infection on the dog’s skin causing them sores, bumps and scabs on their skin.
These skin infection and abnormality is more visible on the dogs with short or shaved body hair whereas the dogs with long hair or fur coat show symptoms of dull coat and shedding of body hair as a result of scaly skin underneath.
Then other important thing that you should know is that this infection doesn’t come alone.
It brings along other skin problems such as skin allergies, injury, mange and other skin related problems.
Now you must be wondering for the best solution to cure this infection and help your dog in getting rid of daily skin problems.
If the problem is not too severe, you can also treat these scabs at home using the following steps:
- Don’t wipe off the area where your dog has scabs
- Soften the affected skin with water and coconut oil.
- To help you dog in maintaining a healthy and soft skin form the inside, ass a teaspoon of coconut oil ion their daily meals as well.
We truly believe in trying home remedies for small health problems but if you think the problem is bigger and cannot be solved at home using coconut oil, visit your vet and get your dog some oral antibiotics, antibacterial shampoos and ointments.
They will definitely help your dog with the scabs and will also help in preventing the itchy sensation on their skin.
A single problem can occur in different ways or different areas of the body.
How to understand that the problem is same and just the body part is different? Can we cure it using the same ointment?
To understand this in detail, keep scrolling!
Dog Hair Needs Equal Care
The dog hair is something that are both good and bad at the same time.
Good because they make our doggos look royal and handsome and not to forget petting them with that fluff is so smooth and fun. And when the same hair comes in our food, we don’t appreciate them with the same spirit.
But that does not mean, we should stop taking care of their fur and coat. They still deserve to be loved and treated well, right?
But what about the black spots on dogs skin underneath that hairy coat?
How to take care of that? Why do they appear? Are they a sign of some serious health issue?
Well, the black spots on your dog’s skin are known as hyperpigmentation.
DARK SPOT IS NO BEAUTY HERE!
In this condition, your dog’s skin starts getting thick and dark at some area.
While this is not a serious disease or something to be worried about too much but it certainly should not be ignored as well.
CAUSE OF HYPERPIGMENTATION
The reason why this hyperpigmentation occurs and why you should not take it too lightly is because it happens in a specific condition and we must know what condition it is that is causing problems to our dog’s skin.
Hyperpigmentation is a very common disease in dogs and can occur in any breed of dog.
This condition gets triggered due to inflammation and/or friction.
A dog who suffers with hyperpigmentation also becomes prone other skin diseases like obesity, hormonal abnormalities, skin infection, allergies, contact dermatitis.
MORE TO KNOW!
We have also heard so many dog owners being worried and concerned about scabs and as us why my dog has dry flaky skin and scabs?
Find everything about this skin problem below
There can be two reason due to which your dog can get dry and flaky skin;
- He has got lice which causes dry skin
- He has got parasites in his skin which can cause mange in your dog, such as canine scabies, demodex mite and cheyletiella also called the walking dandruff.
While both of these problems sound terrifying because lice are usually caught by a stray dog and a dig having parasites sounds worrisome.
But there’s nothing to worry about because these tow conditions are also quite common in dogs and can be treated.
But they cannot be treated at home. In both the cases you have to visit the vet and get your pet thoroughly examined.
Specially if he has parasite because your dog might look fine in the early stage of getting some parasite under his skin but ignoring it for too long will cause more problems to your dog’s health.
OBSERVE, CHECK AND MEET THE VET
Also, if you ever wonder why is my dog’s skin turning black?
You should know that this can happen due to the presence of the parasite as well.
Not just turning your dog’s skin black but the parasites can also cause more problems to his skin like scratching, itching, inflammation, and creating self-trauma in dogs which makes them lick, rub and bite their own skin out of sheer helplessness.
Can Ticks Cause Scabs on Dogs?
Another important and popular question that dog owners ask and the answer is a yes, sadly.
A tick’s bite can cause a reaction like scab or bump on your dog’s skin. Not only that but they can also leave bite marks with redness and itchiness on the affected area and while this bite is not something to show much concern upon.
Make sure you have removed the tick that has bitten your dog and you have cleansed the skin where the wound is present.
Apply your dog’s antiseptic if you have it at home.
If the condition of the wound is still not improving, make a visit to the vet.
Read More: Can dogs have ham bones?
If Dog Has Rash!
Its quite normal to have a rash after getting bitten by an insect. Your dog can also get rashes with grooming products, environmental irritants and some food products.
But if the bite mark and redness stay for longer than 24 hours, you must visit a vet and get the wound checked to ensure its not worsening.
Furthermore, if the information has resonated well till now, we are certain, you wouldn’t want to miss the treatments
So, here we are with TREATMENT TIME!
Welcome back to season 1 episode 3 of dogology!
In this episode you are going to learn about treatments and solutions for dog’s skin problems.
How do you treat scabs on dogs?
Scabs become itchy while healing, make sure your dog is not scratching them otherwise it will turn into a wound.
- Keep the affected area moist.
- These scabs can appear due to food allergies as well, make sure you are keeping a check on your dog’s diet.
- Don’t wipe or clean the crusty scab area. Apply coconut oil on it and let the skin absorb it so that the scab can be healed from the root.
- Until the scabs are gone, add a teaspoon full of coconut oil to your dog’s food daily. It will help their skin heal from the inside.
- Regularly check if the skin with scab is improving or not. make sure it is not getting swollen even a bit.
- Redness or swelling on scabs needs to be using a cold compress.
- If the scab is still not healing or your dog gets crusty scabs quite often without any reason, you should better visit your vet to avoid future problems.
ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND
Healing your dog’s skin from the inside out even when they have scabs or not, might help with an ongoing skin condition.
- Keep a watch
- Know the REASON
- CURE THE CAUSE
Moreover, Scabs form as wounds, cuts, and healing injury of a dog. If your dog is getting scabs due to that, consider it normal. Your dog can develop scabs as a result of scratching his skin too often or parasites dwelling in his skin.
Getting scabs from scratching is normal but getting scabs due to the presence of parasite should not be ignored and treated with caution.
CONSIDERING THAT, WE HAVE THE ACTION PLAN!
- Apply Neosporin
Not so sure and wondering, Can I put Neosporin on my dogs scab?
Well, Yes! Applying Neosporin on your dog’s minor wounds, cuts and scrapes is perfectly fine.
- It will help the wound by keeping bacteria off of the skin which will let the healing process in speeding itself.
- Not only that but Neosporin will stop the itchy sensation on the scab which will also give relief to your dog form scratching it all the time.
- Another reason for the scab to speed up its recovery.
We know, doggy can be restless and you are worried, what happens if a dog licks Neosporin?
It is indeed a matter of concern!
Licking off the Neosporin ointment can make your dog suffer with vomiting and diarrhea. Neosporin causes the GI flora that is the normal gut bacteria which results in GI upset causing your pup vomiting and diarrhea if they have licked the ointment.
So, what can you do? Cover the area with a sterile dressing that could atleast prevent the direct intake.
AT THE END
Sometimes what we see on the surface is just a tiny part of the story that is developing inside.
While the scabs on your dog’s skin appear to be normal, always make sure you know the reason why they have appeared before considering them as normal and if you are unsure of the reason or the reason is concerning, quickly make a visit to the vet and free your dog from the itchy, inflammable and irritating sensation of a crusty scab.