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Folliculitis in Dogs

allergiesFolliculitis in dogs is an infection that will affect hair follicles of any breed of dogs.  Folliculitis usually occurs due to secondary infections or complications such as scabies, demodectic mange, seborrhea, hormonal skin disease or fleas.  Another symptom for a cause of Folliculitis in dogs is excessive brushing or grooming of your dog, which causes damage to hair follicles to dogs.

Symptoms of Folliculitis

An early Folliculitis infection in a dog can be identified on any dog mainly by observing puss filled type pimples with a hair protruding through the centre of the infection.  Another way to identify an infection is possible rings of scales around the affected area.  If an infection is left without any treatment, these pimple can continue to grow until it turns into a large boil which can burst, thus discharging puss and crusting over.  The main areas that Folliculitis in dogs can occur are manly in sensitive areas on a dog such as the armpit, groin or the abdomen area.

Treatment for Folliculitis

Treatment for a mild case of Folliculitis in a dog is using benzoyl peroxide shampoo for around two to three weeks depending on severity of infection.  If Folliculitis has advanced then dog hairs that are long need to be cut (dogs with short hair will need to be shaved) and regularly bathed in a povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine shampoo until the condition has improved.  Depending on how a vet assesses the severity of this condition, a dog may also have to take a course of antibiotics for however long a vet decides a dog needs to take medication for, but it can mostly be up to two weeks.

If you do suspect any dog to have Folliculitis or a similar infection, then please consult a vet straight away for a visual examination of a dog including a professional diagnosis of a dogs condition.  A vet will also be able to advise you on what course of action to take for an infected dog with Folliculitis.

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