Siberian Huskies are hardy, energetic and loyal. They can be a great companion for your family & kids if you provide the proper training and build a friendly behavior with them. The extreme loyalty, eagerness to please and alertness will quickly make you want to adopt them. When you take the responsibility of raising a Siberian husky, you also take on duties such as caring for your dog and understanding when problems arise. While your Siberian Husky may have a thick double coat, this breed is prone to skin problems that cause balding and infections. You should know about these common skin diseases of the Siberian husky in order to care for your dog effectively.
Huskies are genetically prone to zinc deficiency, since they may lack the necessary enzymes for proper zinc absorption. The symptoms of zinc deficiency are lesions on the face, itching, footpads,hair loss, and genitals. Zinc deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian and is cured through veterinary formulation only. Zinc deficiency in dogs can be diagnosed by a veterinarian, and is best treated by veterinary pharmaceuticals. Therefore, do not offer over-the-counter zinc supplements to your Husky when noticing the symptoms of skin zinc deficiency. Whenever you see the symptoms, take your Husky to the vet right away. The skin biopsy will help identify the cause of the symptoms and will prescribe antibiotics or a veterinary formulation of zinc methionine to be given to your Husky periodically.
Itchy skin is natural behavior for a Husky. Problems start when the dog begins scratching and itching with extreme frequency. Dogs are commonly seen scratching their skin to get rid of fleas, fungal infections, or bacterial infections. This behavior causes skin irritations. After scratching, dirt from the skin becomes trapped under the nails, making a dog's nails appear dirty. A dog is seen to rub its nose and body on the rug, mud, or snow, causing dirt to enter the wound and further inflame the condition of its skin. Rubbing on the mud or snow causes dirt to enter the wound, making the dog's skin more irritated.
The disease is commonly known as "collie nose." Zinc deficiency is the main cause of nasal dermatitis, in this breed. The main symptoms of Nasal Dermatitis include pigment loss, hair loss on the nose, redness and nasal lesions. Sometimes, Nasal Dermatitis is the first sign of zinc deficiency. If you see the symptoms on your Husky, it is important to immediately visit your vet. Consult your veterinarian and make sure your dog is not suffering from a fungal infection, bacterial infection or skin cancer.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid glands are unable to produce enough thyroid hormone. As the thyroid glands regulate metabolism, hypothyroidism affects the body in various ways. Your husky's skin becomes thick and it starts losing its hair, especially around the tail. It's beautiful, the full tail starts to look like a "rat's tail," and that looks odd. Aside from that, skin infections and crusty lesions might develop if your dog suffers from hypothyroidism. Only your vet can diagnose the disease by testing the thyroid level in your dog's.
A lot of people make the mistake of shaving their huskies during the summer. Although a Husky can be a northern breed, an Arctic Husky can adapt to cold weather. Be sure to avoid shaving your dog in heat waves, as this can open a pathway for various skin disorders, such as sunburns, allergies, and parasitic infections. You can keep your dog in a cool area of your home during heat waves, instead of shaving them.
Follicular dysplasia can develop in young Huskies between the ages of 3 and 4 months. This condition causes baldness in the huskies. The disease is thought to be caused by a malformation of the hairs themselves, particularly on the dog's hindquarters. If you see your Husky losing its fur, immediately visit a veterinarian.
Canine Eosinophilic Granuloma
Canine Eosinophilic Granuloma (EGE) is an allergic reaction of the skin. The skin starts to itch, and bumps, like soft-looking yellowish-red patches, appear. If your husky is experiencing this skin disease, take him to the vet immediately and provide proper treatments.