Folliculitis in dogs is a skin pathology that appears quite frequently in dogs. Let’s see what it consists of so that you can identify it, its causes and possible solutions to help the dog suffering from it.
Folliculitis in dogs: what is it and what causes it?
Canine folliculitis is a dermatological disease consisting of inflammation of the hair follicles, that is, the part of the skin where the hair starts.
These follicles will be inflamed and reddened, in the mildest cases. In severe cases, large boils with pus will be created and may become infected.
This dermatological problem usually occurs more frequently in the internal areas of the animal’s body, such as the abdomen, armpits, and groin.
It can be a disease in itself, caused by bacteria, but on many occasions it is derived as a symptom of another disease that has caused this alteration in the skin.
Its severity may vary depending on whether it affects the superficial, medium or deeper.
Some of the most frequent causes of folliculitis are:
- Infections are caused by parasites.
- Atopic dermatitis.
- Cushing’s syndrome and other hormonal problems, such as hypothyroidism.
- Vigorous brushing
- Poor diet.
- Lack of hygiene.
- Disorders that weaken the immune system can be physical illnesses or emotional problems such as stress and anxiety.
Since a weak immune system can favor the appearance of folliculitis in dogs, although it can occur in dogs of any age, it is usually common in puppies or young dogs. This is because their immune systems are not yet fully mature.
Treatment for folliculitis in dogs
To prevent it, remember to feed your dog correctly so that he grows up healthy, with a strong immune system that does not allow the appearance of this problem or others, with quality food that does not cause allergies.
Also, take care of his hygiene and brush his coat with appropriate tools for his hair and skin, without excessively energetic passes that can damage the hair follicles.
Deworm your pet and make sure he has a routine of healthy habits that do not allow the appearance of emotional problems.
If folliculitis is detected, it is not only necessary to remedy the problem, but also to find out if there is a major hidden cause that is the trigger of this pathology and remedy it, mainly.