Skin Disease (Canine Seborrhea) in Dogs

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As it is not possible to cure idiopathic seborrhea, treatment will mainly focus on controlling the condition. This may include using a combination of shampoos and conditioners to keep the skin clean and to soothe the animal. Common preparations of shampoos include sulfur, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and coal tar (such as seen in human acne and dandruff medications). Your veterinarian will let you know which combination and frequency of bathing best works for your pet’s condition.

Fatty acids and vitamin/mineral supplements may help in cases of a deficiency or a condition that responds to certain vitamins and minerals in the diet. If your dog contracts a secondary infection, other therapies such as antibiotics (oral and topical), antifungals, and sometimes allergy medications may be necessary.

Living and Management

Nutrition is vital part of managing seborrhea. Consult with your veterinarian for an appropriate dietary and supplement regimen for your dog. In addition, keep your pet clean and well hydrated. This will help control the condition and reduce the chances that a secondary infections develop. Lastly, schedule regular follow-up exams with your veterinarian to monitor the dog's skin condition.

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