Dog Skin Conditions

Updated: July 27, 2023

If you're a pet parent, you know that taking care of your dog's skin is essential for their overall health. There are various dog skin conditions that can cause discomfort and irritation to your furbaby’s sensitive skin. In this blog post, we will explore common dog skin conditions and provide tips on how to manage them effectively.

These are some of the most common dog skin conditions:

Dog Dandruff

Dog dandruff is the presence of dead skin cells on your dog's coat. It can cause white flakes, itching, discomfort, and redness on your dog's skin. Regular grooming with a gentle brush can help remove dog dandruff and promote healthy growth of your dog’s coat.

Additionally, incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your dog's diet may help improve the condition of their skin. Provide your furbaby with Skin & Coat SoftSupps®, fur vitamins filled with healthy nutrients to help promote dog skin care & an overall healthy skin & coat. This global leader in Omega-3 offers a pure fish oil formula rich in EPA and DHA. These essential fatty acids promote a healthy dog coat and help maintain optimal skin moisture levels for your furbaby.

"Dogs can develop dandruff due to various factors such as improper diet, allergies, skin infections, hormonal imbalance, immune-related issues, low humidity, and genetic conditions."

Dog Hot Spots

Dog hot spots are moist, red, and itchy patches on the skin, states VCA Animal Hospitals. Signs of dog hot spots may include redness, swelling, and hair loss in the affected area. Dog hot spots have a moist texture and may discharge pus or fluids. They can occur anywhere on a dog’s body, including dog paws.

When you observe hot spots on your dog, take immediate action to ensure proper care and promote healing.

One essential step is to keep the affected area clean and dry. Cleanse the hot spot with an antiseptic solution recommended by your vet to prevent infection and remove debris or irritants. You may also want to use Pet WiPees™ Dog All Purpose + Skin & Coat. These dog wipes cleanse affected areas, removing dirt, debris, and irritants that worsen hot spots. The gentle formulation helps soothe skin, providing relief for an itchy dog. Pet WiPees™ support the healing process and provide relief to dogs with hot spots when used as part of an overall care routine, alongside veterinary guidance.

Excessive Shedding

Excessive shedding in dogs may indicate an underlying skin condition. Shedding is a natural process for dogs to replace old or damaged hair with new growth. However, an abnormal increase in shedding can indicate an imbalance or issue within the dog's skin.

Hair loss that reaches beyond your dog’s normal shedding may be an indicator of parasites like fleas, mites, or lice. It may also signify other health issues such as stress or anxiety, infections, allergies, kidney disease, liver issues, pregnancy, medication side effects, sunburn, immune disease, or cancer.

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Skin and coat supplements can provide an additional boost to support your furbaby's overall skin health and serve as a potential solution for excessive dog shedding. Effective skin and coat supplements for pets typically contain essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3. Omega-6 fatty acids contribute to a shiny dog coat and help replenish the oils naturally present in the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids possess anti-inflammatory properties and may aid in managing skin allergies and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Packed with nutrient-rich ingredients like Wild Alaskan Salmon, carrots, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, our Skin and Coat SoftSupps® promote a healthy skin and coat. They also provide antioxidant support and assist in maintaining optimal skin moisture levels. Maintaining a healthy coat may contribute to minimizing the excessive shedding of your furbaby.

Scab on Dogs

Scabs on dogs are rough, dry, or crusty patches that develop on the skin due to different factors. They typically form when the skin is scratched, bitten, injured, or affected by a skin condition. Scabs on dogs act as a natural protective barrier while the skin heals beneath them.


Dog food allergies in dogs can present themselves as dog skin conditions. They may lead to a range of symptoms and affect various parts of the body, including dog paws. A common symptom of dog food allergies include itchiness, which can lead to excessive scratching, licking, or chewing. Excessive licking and chewing on dog paws can further contribute to skin irritation or redness, inflammation, and formation of rashes or sores. When a dog is allergic to certain foods, they may also experience gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, or flatulence.

To provide comprehensive support for your dog's seasonal allergies and skin rash, we recommend incorporating Allergy SoftSupps® into their routine. Filled with healthy ingredients such as dog salmon oil, vitamin c, and probiotics for dogs, these supplements are specially formulated to support seasonal dog allergies and immune support. By incorporating these supplements into your dog's diet, you can help alleviate itching, redness, and inflammation associated with allergies, while improving the overall condition of your dog's skin.

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"For additional support, Pet WiPees™ Dog All Purpose + Allergy serves as a gentle, non-irritating cleaning solution."

Pet WiPees™ Dog All Purpose + Allergy effectively remove environmental allergens and irritants that could be causing discomfort for your furbaby. Formulated with soothing and cooling ingredients like cucumber extract and colloidal oatmeal, they help heal irritation, reduce inflammation, and help relieve your itchy dog of any scratching associated with allergy symptoms.

By combining the use of Allergy SoftSupps® and Pet WiPees™ Dog All Purpose + Allergy dog wipes, you can provide dual support to address the causes of allergies and alleviate the symptoms of dog skin rash. This comprehensive approach helps ensure more comfortable and enjoyable days ahead.


Parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites can cause various skin problems in dogs. Flea infestations are a common cause of itching, redness, and hair loss.

Ticks can transmit diseases like Lyme disease, while mites can cause conditions like mange. Parasites can infest any part of your furbaby's body, but they are most commonly found in dog ears. Prevention is key when it comes to parasites.

Use flea and tick preventives recommended by your vet and regularly check your dog, especially the dog ears. It's a good idea to clean your dog’s ears regularly with Pet WiPees™ Ear. These dog ear wipes serve as an excellent preventive measure against ear mites in dogs. Regular use of these dog ear wipes can help prevent the occurrence of ear mites and other parasites.

If you suspect a parasite problem, consult with your vet for appropriate treatment options.

Dog skin conditions can display in different forms and have multiple underlying causes. Recognizing early signs of skin conditions in dogs, such as itching, redness, rashes, hair loss, or inflammation is important to ensure a happier, healthier life (and skin!).