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Causes of skin conditions

What are the causes of skin conditions?

Estimated prevalence of different causes of allergies in dogs

Skin conditions are one of the main reasons dog owners visit their vet.

There are many possible causes of skin conditions:

Adverse reactions to food

Skin conditions can occur as a result of a reaction to certain kinds of proteins in your dog’s food.

Other allergies

Your dog may be allergic to dust, pollen, mould or other environmental factors which can cause an allergic reaction if inhaled. Even some flea collars can cause contact allergies. Dogs can suffer allergies at any time in their lives.


Fleas, lice and mites can all cause skin irritation. Their bites usually irritate dogs and cause them to bite and scratch themselves, damaging their skin.

Hormonal imbalances

Dogs with too much or too little of certain hormones are prone to skin problems. Hormonal imbalances rarely cause itching but may point to more serious underlying problems that need to be identified and treated.

Ways to manage skin conditions


100% of of dogs showed an improvement in the clinical signs of skin conditions caused by atopy or AFR in just 4 weeks

There are many ways to manage skin conditions. Your vet may recommend nutrition, drugs, supplements, or a combination of all three. The right nutrition can help improve and restore your dog’s skin and coat and get your dog back to full health quickly.

It is important to feed your dog a food that helps to regenerate skin that is damaged quickly. One way to do this is to feed a food with high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids help the skin cell lipids preserve the hydration and elasticity of the skin and and are proven to help reduce the symptoms of skin conditions.

Hill’s™ Prescription Diet™ d/d™ has a high level of Omega-6 fatty acids that are clinically proven to help rebuild skin.

Food allergies in dogs

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