Treatment will be given on an outpatient basis for most skin disorders, but methods of treatment and medications vary. Your veterinarian will tailor a management program that is best for your dog's individual case; if the cause of the dermatosis is known, specific drug therapies may be prescribed.
Some of the possible methods of treatment will be hydrotherapy, which can be applied with either a whirlpool bath, or by spraying cool water under pressure against the ulcerated skin. First, make sure that your veterinarian approves of hydrotherapy as appropriate for your dog's condition. Avoid the temptation to apply over-the-counter creams and ointments to erosions and ulcers without first checking with your veterinarian, since some commonly used products (such as those containing neomycin) can actually cause a delay in healing. Other products may contain alcohol or other ingredients that could inflict pain when applied. Keeping eroded, or ulcerated skin clean and protected, with soap that is specially formulated for sensitive skin, will be key to effective and responsive healing.
Living and Management
Follow-up will be on a case-by-case basis, and will depend on the disease process, the presence of generalized (systemic) diseases, medications used to treat the skin and body, and the potential side effects that can be expected from the medications.
Follow-up care with your veterinarian is important, especially for slowly healing ulcers; the progress of the wound should be monitored at least every other week to be sure that healing is proceeding properly, and that infection has not further complicated the healing process.
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
A type of disease that is created by the presence of fungus in living things
A disease of the skin in which it emits pus
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
Any inflammation of a blood vessel or lymph.
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
The act of urinating on objects or areas as a method of marking territory
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
A condition in which the skin becomes inflamed
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A condition of the skin
Relating to a disease of unknown origin, which may or may not have arisen spontaneously
a) living in an environment lacking free oxygen b) pertaining to an organism with the ability to live in an environment lacking free oxygen.
A change in the way that tissue is constructed; a sore
The term for a disease of the skin caused by certain mites