How do you treat Dermatitis in a dog?


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To treat dermatitis in a dog, remove the irritant causing the condition, and apply a topical appointment, such as a triple antibiotic. You need a topical antibiotic ointment, an anti-itch solution and a specially formulated shampoo. These items should be prescribed by a veterinarian.

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  1. Remove the cause

    Inspect your dog's skin for irritants such as fleas, dust mites, seborrhea or pyoderma. Inspect new accessories recently introduced to the pet, such as a flea collar, a plastic food dish or a bed, as these may be possible causes of the irritation. Treat or remove the irritant from the home. Wipe your dog's coat with a damp towel after walks and trips outside to remove outside allergens.

  2. Apply an antibiotic ointment to treat the condition

    Call your veterinarian, and make an appointment to see him. Discuss prescribing a topical antibiotic ointment, such as a triple antibiotic, for your dog. Apply the ointment to the affected area as instructed by your veterinarian.

  3. Reduce irritation

    Discuss the best solution to prescribe to reduce itching and inflammation, such as an antihistamine, a corticosteroid or a solution that contains hydrocortisone. Apply the solution to the affected area per your veterinarian's instructions.

  4. Restore the coat

    Ask your veterinarian to prescribe a specially formulated shampoo to restore the appearance and overall health of your dog's coat. Wash your dog with the shampoo per your veterinarian's instructions.

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