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Folliculitis in Dogs

Does your dog go "Scratch, Scratch, Scratch" all day? The sight and sound can get really irritating and embarrassing. However, such intense itching coupled with unusual hair fall sure is as an indication of a skin infection your poor pooch is suffering from and calls for some attention.

Dogs suffer from numerous skin infections. Folliculitis also referred to as canine folliculitis is one of the most commonly observed dog skin problems. In this section we shall discuss in detail about the causes, symptoms and treatment measures for folliculitis in dogs.

What is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a skin infection wherein the hair follicles get inflamed and infected. The hair follicles are the cavities from which the hair grows. As a result of hair follicle infection, small pustules develop around the hair shaft. The hair protrudes from the center of the tiny pus filled boils. They look like small lesions, pimples or crusts. The tiny blisters grow on the surface of the skin either individually or in clusters. The infection resembles hives. Rings of scales develop around the follicles.

The follicle infection penetrates deep into the dermis and the pustules grow larger in size. When the pustules break, there is a discharge of pus followed by healing and scabbing. Draining sinus tracts and scarring is observed in severe cases of folliculitis. The inflammation of the skin is accompanied by intense itching and excessive hair loss in the affected region. Hair loss may occur in circular patches.

Folliculitis in dogs is generally observed on the belly, the skin folds and the middle of the back. However, it can occur anywhere on the body. The symptoms are clearly visible in short haired dogs. Folliculitis in long thick haired dogs is only seen as scaly skin on the underneath, a dull coat and shedding.

Folliculitis in Dogs: Causes

Folliculitis in dogs is believed to be caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus intermedius. This bacterium is present on the dog's body at all times and causes skin infections only when triggered. The cause of folliculitis is actually an underlying skin problem. It occurs as a secondary infection to a variety of dog skin problems such as scabies, ringworm, seborrhea, demodectic mange and other hormonal skin disease. It may also be caused by allergies. Folliculitis is also caused due to over grooming. Excessive grooming disturbs the hair follicles causing them to get inflamed.

How to Treat and Prevent Folliculitis?

Treating any dog skin problems requires that you identify the underlying cause and treat it first more so because folliculitis in dogs can be caused as a secondary infection. Folliculitis can be a very painful and uncomfortable situation for dogs and should be treated at the earliest.

Treatment includes using antibacterial shampoos and ointments. Based on the severity of the infection the vet will prescribe oral antibiotics. Try to shield the areas so that your pet does not scratch the infected area and aggravate the infection and inflammation. Folliculitis can be prevented by maintaining basic hygiene. Groom your dog regularly but, not too often. Use a good antibacterial wash. Review your dog's diet. Proper nourishment will strengthen immune system keeping dog skin problems and bay.

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