Pyoderma In Dogs

Pyoderma is a superficial bacterial infection affecting the hair follicles and the underlying skin. It’s a popular skin disorder that plagues dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages.


Bacterial skin infection occurs when the surface of the skin is cracked, the skin is injured due to constant exposure to moisture, normal skin bacteria are changed or changed, blood flow to the skin is compromised or the immune system is weakened. Pyoderma is often secondary to allergic dermatitis and occurs as a result of scratching on the surface of the skin. Puppies also grow puppy pyoderma in thinly hairy areas such as the groin and underarms. Fleas, ticks, thyroid disease or hormonal imbalances, yeast or fungal skin infections, heredity and many medicines can increase your pet’s risk of developing pyoderma.


If the dog has pyoderma, a number of skin changes are evident. Pyoderma also causes extreme itching in infected dogs, further aggravating the issues of the skin.

The following signs are common in dogs:

  • Redness
  • Shedding of hair
  • Encrustations
  • Discolorations
  • Pustules
  • Papules

In theory, skin changes can occur in the entire body of the animal. However, they are mostly found primarily in areas with less fur, such as the inside of the thighs.


When you visit your veterinarian, a physical exam and a test can help them find out whether or not your dog has pyoderma or any other disease.Typically, tests include skin cytology, a fungal culture and a sensitivity panel.

If your dog has other common diseases like Lyme disease or other tick borne diseases then you can easily diagnose it at home by using one of the most used and  effective Vetscan Flex4 Rapid test kits. Consult your veterinarian immediately; you notice any of the symptoms above.


Pyoderma treatment might also be quite variable. All dogs with pyoderma will need to have antibiotics for at least 21 days. Topical therapy is also indicated in the form of particular shampoos.


You will help lower your puppy’s chance of developing pyoderma by keeping the skin as clean as possible in bare places. The use of a parasite prevention product can also help to reduce the risk of skin irritation. Daily bathing, along with routine training and vaccination checks, is a vital part of keeping your dog healthy.