Firstly, your vet will ask about your dog’s symptoms. Secondly, your vet will ask about any circumstances where your dog could have come into contact with something that could have aggravated their skin.
Thirdly, your vet will carry out a full physical examination. Blood and urine tests will be taken. Additionally, samples of any crusting or flaking skin will be taken. Also, tests for bacterial and fungal infections can be used to diagnose the condition.
Generally, treatment targets the underlying cause of the condition. For example, bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. As always, if your vet prescribes your dog any medicine, make sure to stick to the correct dose and frequency instructions. Also, complete the full course of medicine.
Steroid treatments can also be used in some cases. Also, flea and tick medication can be successful in cases involving mites — although make sure your vet advises you on which medication to use.
Ultimately, prevention is better than cure with this condition. So check the condition of your dog’s nose regularly. Also, use a dog-formulated sunscreen when needed.
Have you ever cared for a dog who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your dog recover? Let us know in the comments section below.