A Pit Bull with skin problems is certainly not uncommon. The Terrier dog breed is susceptible to them in general. It’s important for all dog owners (if your dog has skin problems) to know the symptoms for proper treatment.
When you first notice your pit bull with redness, bumps, inflammation or hives, it’s usually (but not always) the result of an infection or an allergic reaction.
Typical dog allergies are:
- Skin or Contact allergy
- Food allergy
- Seasonal and Environmental allergies
- Flea & Tick allergy
It can be difficult to assess what allergy is causing your pit bull to develop skin problems. In part 1 of 2 in the video below, you will learn what to look for so you can treat it quickly.
Part 2 of the video shows the home remedies used to treat the dog’s allergies. It’s a blue pit bull that suffers from seasonal, food and bug allergies.
Dog Allergies: How to Identify and use Home Remedies to Treat the Condition
This is part one of a great video tutorial on how to inspect your pit bull’s skin for bumps and allergic reactions. How to look inside your dog’s paws and pads, what an infection looks like and how to treat it.
Highly recommend viewing or save to watch later. The second part is further down the page with a link to all the allergy medicines used to treat the dog in this how-to video.
Take notice if you have seen the frequency of your pit bull licking or scratching change, especially in seasons typically not known as allergy season.
It can be due to a recent change in the home such as a new dog food or possible table food, new shampoos, different medications, supplements, plants or flowers, carpet cleaners etc.
You’ll have to try and narrow down the culprit so you can remove it. Hopefully you can eliminate the cause and minimize any future skin problems.
Allergy treatments for dogs can be tricky. If you’re not sure of the cause, please always seek the advice of a vet.
Skin or Contact Allergies
A skin allergy can from many things inside or outside the home. Outside causes can be the local weeds and bushes in the area. Chemically treated lawns and trees.
Indoors causes can be carpet and upholstery cleaners. Any soaps or detergents used to clean your dog, his bed or anything he uses or lays on. Household cleaners, sprays and many more.
A pit bull’s hair is short and thick can easily become dry or cracked. This will irritate your pit bull and lead to scratching which can invite parasites and cause infections.
You may have to change soaps several times to find one that won’t dry your pit bull’s skin so much. Skin softeners are also recommended but test in a small area first to be sure it doesn’t worsen the condition.
It can also be very helpful to add a supplement like wild alaskan salmon oil. The healthy fats and omega-3’s help promote a healthy skin and coat.
If the problem with your pit bull’s skin seems to be a minor irritation or dry skin then you can treat that rather easily. When it a pit bull is frequently licking himself, it can cause the skin to dry or crack.
Many other factors can be the cause as we mentioned above. You will want to keep his skin and coat moisturized. In areas prone to licking you will want to use something that will keep the skin moist and deter him from licking it. We’ll provide a link below.
Many people praise the use of added supplements to your pit bull’s diet. We have used them for years and have never had any adverse reactions.
Omega-3 fatty acids increases the amount of healthy fats in your pit bull’s diet which promote healthy coat and skin, reduce inflammation, maintains cellular health and supports their cardiovascular system among other benefits.
We recommend using one of the Wild Alaskan salmon oils available. Please do make sure you buy one that uses “wild” salmon. Farm-raised salmon oil is cheaper but will end up doing more harm than good so we do not recommend it.
A quick fix is to keep some type of hydrocortisone spray on hand. If your pit bull is itching and scratching excessively, this will provide some relief. If the rash subsides with the reduced scratching then you he should be ok. If not then you will have to drill-down the irritant.
If this sounds like something that may help you, follow this link for dog skin & coat care and look for something like bitter apple spray or an alternative. These will provide itching relief and deter your pit from licking the treated area.
If dry or cracked skin is the main area of concern then it would be a good idea to go with the supplements mentioned above along with a moisturizer to keep your pit bull’s skin nice and healthy. You should be able to find a good one at a good price using the link for the salmon oil.
Some of the big-box retailers have more of the commercial type products. If you find one that works, great. Otherwise you would be better off getting a higher quality one that many only be an additional few dollars.
One method we like to use is “the can’t beat ’em join ’em method.” Meaning, if we’re going to keep moisturizing our pit bull’s skin and he’s just going to keep licking it off, let him lick something that is good for him!
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for the skin and a great healthy fat that is great for his skin among a host of other things we touched on. So when we use it on our pit bulls we laugh and say “go ahead and lick it off! Your skin is going to be looking great one way or another!”
Coconut oil seems like it can be a tad expensive but it lasts forever. We have had ours for over a year and still plenty left. You dont have to glom it on.
This is the second part of the video with a step by step guide to using her home remedy. The links to the medications used in the video are posted below. If your dog is suffering from allergies, irritated skin or bumps, this is a must see!
Nolvasan Otic (4 oz) Amazon
Clotrimazole Solution USP 1% on VetRxDirect
Maximum Chlorhexidine Shampoo Amazon (works to help combat skin conditions associated with bacteria and a wide range of microorganisms)
Miconazole Pet Shampoo Amazon (offers soothing relief of symptoms of fungal infections)
Cephalexin 250/500mg PetCareRx
Hydroxyzine 50mg PetCareRx (prescription only)
Fish Flex Forte (Cephalexin 500mg) Pet Health Market with free shipping! – was cheaper than Jeffers and Walmart 😉
If your pit bull has irritated paws like in the video you can prevent him licking or chewing his paws while they heal with some disposable booties!
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