Dog Sores on Legs
Effective treatment is going to depend on identifying the underlying factor that caused the sores in the first place. This can predispose a dog to secondary infections from an infectious agent.
Types of Sores
There are generally two types of sores seen in dogs, these are:
o Red Bumps That Can Be Very Itchy
Red bumps on the skin can be very itchy and they can be further irritated by the dog constantly scratching at them. Breaks in the skin may occur as a result.
- Ring worm – a fungal infection that can also cause hair loss in the area where the lesion is found
- Bacterial Infection – usually superficial pyoderma
- Red Mange or Demodicosis
- Scabies – Caused by a skin parasite results in a condition called sarcoptic mange
- Allergies – the sores on the dogs legs may be brought on by an allergic reaction to food or an environmental irritant
o Non-Healing and Oozing Sores
This is the second type of sores seen in dogs. These can be worrisome because they can look wet, have pus, may also cause the dog to smell.
- Fungal Infections – There are several infections that can lead to oozing sores, they include Blastomycosis.
- Localized Bacterial Infections – Some dogs may develop boils from bacteria found on the skin or in the environment. Cuts and punctures can also lead to a deep-seated infection. Dogs can also have a condition called folliculitis, which is an infection of the hair follicle. The other structures of the skin may also be inflamed and cause and infection. A foreign object lodged in the dog’s skin may also cause an infection.