Self-inflicted barbering or hair removal and abrasions or ulcerations of a body part, can occasionally start as a behavioral pathology.
Endocrine, neurologic, musculoskeletal, infectious, immune-mediated, neoplastic, inflammatory, traumatic, dermatologic and behavioral causes can all play a part in an itching, scratching and chewing pet.
How does one tell the difference?
Read more at dvm360: How to identify, treat self-injurious patients
Filed under: Self-trauma, Skin, Symptoms
A hot spot is a localized area of skin inflammation and infection. The infection can be superficial or deep. Other common names for this condition include: moist dermatitis, pyotraumatic dermatitis, and acute moist dermatitis.
Read more at About.com: What Is a Hot Spot?
Filed under: Hot spots, Moist dermatitis, Pyotraumatic dermatitis, Skin diseases
Atopica targets the immune system, specifically the T-Helper cells.The two main advantages of Atopica over steroids are safety and better response.
The carrying agent is castor oil. Some dogs will vomit on it.
Read more at Pet Forum for Dogs: Atopica – CYCLOSPORINE A – New Drug
Product information: Atopica
Filed under: Atopic dermatitis, Atopica, Dermatitis, Skin, Skin diseases
Scaliness of the skin, which can look like dandruff, may simply be caused by dry skin, however, there are many other causes, some of them serious.
See the list of potential causes at Pet Education: Causes of Dry or Flaky Skin in Dogs
Filed under: Flaky skin, Skin, Skin diseases