The Doctor Is In

Medical issues impacting skin and coat

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Browsing through a veterinary dermatology textbook recently, I was amazed to see there were more than 100 disorders relating to skin and coat in dogs. No wonder it's standing room only at veterinary conventions featuring dermatology topics! In this column I'll barely scratch the surface of that list, but I will mention a few of the most difficult dermatological challenges you and your dog might face.

There may arise varous physiological abnormalities inside the dog that impact what we see on the outside of the dog. Even if you feed a high-quality, meat-based food (are supplementing conservatively if desired), and your dog has no internal or external parasites, dermatological problems may still arise. With certain skin and coat problems, no amount of cosmetics or creative grooming will hide from view the effects of these physiological disorders.

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