Article from VCAhospitals.com
Your pug's loveable wrinkles can spell problems for his skin. Understanding the different skin conditions that your pug can suffer from can help you to be prepared should they occur. Keeping your pug's skin healthy will help to keep him healthy. A healthy pug is a happy pug. A pug's skin is sensitive to a variety of skin disorders. The very nature of their skin can easily create an environment favorable for bacteria growth. Due to the deep folds in their skin and their susceptibility to skin allergies, pugs need to be monitored closely for any signs of skin discomfort so that they can be treated before any problems escalate. Common Conditions Seen in Pugs One of the most common skin conditions that occur in pugs is Skin Fold Pyoderma. This skin condition has a couple of different variations that can lead to great discomfort for your beloved pet. One variation occurs on the face of the pug and another can be found in the tail area. Because of the unique nature of a pug's skin, their skin folds can begin to rub together and create discomfort, which makes the skin in between the folds become moist and inflamed. The moisture creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can eventually result in infection. Signs of Skin Fold Pyoderma * Irritation in the folds of the skin * Inflammation of the skin in the folds (swelling) * A foul odor in between the skin folds *Redness color to the skin
Another condition that often affects pugs is atopic dermatitis. Pugs are susceptible to developing allergies to pollen, dust, foods, and household chemicals. This often occurs seasonally and causes chronic itching and scratching. Your pug may bite insistently at the affected areas, which can lead to skin trauma and secondary skin infections. A pug that is suffering from this allergy condition can exhibit a number of symptoms, including runny nose, eye discharge, sneezing or digestive issues. Still another skin problem that is often found in pugs is ringworm. This condition is a fungal infection of the skin that causes a ring-like shaped lesion on the skin, along with hair loss in the affected area. The skin in the area may also be scaly. Ringworm can worsen and cause secondary infections. How to Keep Your Pug's Skin Healthy Keeping your pug's skin dry is one of the most important steps to keeping the skin folds healthy. You should inspect your pug's skin on a regular basis, paying special attention to the skin folds. If you notice any redness, odor or swelling, contact your vet right away. Watch for signs of skin irritation, including scratching, biting or hair loss. These are major clues that your pug is suffering from a skin condition. The earlier you start treatment, the better the outcome will be for your pug. Keeping your special friend healthy is your top concern. While a skin condition may not be completely avoidable, keeping a check on your pug's skin can help you to ensure that his skin is healthy.
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