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D2008-37

Dear Daisy Dog

Our Yorkie scratches constantly, and his skin is infected. We’ve tried medicated shampoo and other discount store products, but nothing helps. Is he just nervous?

Dear Daisy Dog

One of our dogs has dry, flaky skin. We’ve tried a variety of special shampoos, but nothing helps. What do you suggest?

Daisy Responds

I am deluged with letters about skin problems during summer and fall, so you’re in good company.

I suffered from itchy, infected skin until Mom adopted me and killed the mites responsible for my misery. I can assure you my itchiness -– and that of most dogs -– is unrelated to nervousness.

Since the things you’ve tried haven’t worked, it’s time to visit a professional.

I feel certain your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the cause of your dog’s skin problem. Once that’s identified, appropriate treatment can begin.

If it’s unsuccessful, ask for a referral to a veterinary dermatologist.

Itchy, flaky or infected skin may result from fleas, mites, lice or even ringworm, which isn’t really a worm, but a fungus.

Allergies to foods and inhalants, including pollen, molds, grass and dust mites, are also triggers.

Each of these causes is treated differently, so it’s essential to identify what’s provoking the skin problem. Call your veterinarian today.

 

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