Dermatitis & Seborrhea:
Seborrhea is a common type of dermatitis in our pets. It can be seen as excessive flaking and extremely dry skin, or strong doggy smell and greasy scale. There may also be circular scaling and reddened areas and marked itchyness. Many of the symptoms are worse in the folds of the skin, especially on the feet, underneath the body, and the neck. Many patients have ear problems, yeast and bacterial infections.
Seborrhea is usualy secondary to some underlying problem. These include hormonal imbalances, allergies, parasites (internal and external), fungal infections, dietary abnormalities, environmental factors (temperature, humidity changes) and obesity.
A major treatment objective is control of the skin problem. The main method for controlling symptoms is by the use of antiseborrheic shampoos. Medicated shampoos are most effective when they are kept in contact with the skin for 5 to 15 minutes! Gentle massaging during this time is useful.