So you have a wonderful pet mastiff, who seems to have acquired a skin condition of some kind. This is always a heartbreaking situation, especially when you don’t get the help you need right away. No one wants to see their pet suffer.

Some skin problems are common to all dogs, including mastiffs. The one you are probably most familiar with is parasites, such as fleas and ticks. These insects burrow into your dog’s skin and bite him, which can lead to chronic skin irritation and infection. If over-the-counter remedies are not sufficient to rid your dog of pests, your veterinarian can prescribe more effective medications.

The next most common skin problem in mastiffs is dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. This is often caused by allergies to food, chemicals, or other substances. the best way to determine what is causing this is through experimentation. Try changing things such as the dog’s food or your clothing detergent, to see what makes a difference.

Finally, as a mastiff owner you should be aware of a condition called pyoderma, which is a bacterial infection of the skin. It is typically characterized by crusty black lesions on the dog’s back and neck area. It makes the dog itchy and miserable. It will probably make you miserable as well, since it is usually accompanied by a nasty smell and makes the dog’s skin and fur unnaturally oily.

If you suspect that your mastiff has pyoderma, you should take him to the vet right away. The quicker you can get his skin disease under control. the happier you both will be.

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