German Shepherd skin diseases in summer



They can occur in our pet, a variety of skin diseases like pyoderma, dermatitis, etc. That develop as a proliferation of pathogenic bacteria but fail to produce severe infection.

Some of these skin disorders of our German Shepherd are caused by self – induced trauma by the animal through the bite, scratching or rubbing to relieve a stinging sensation or pain.

One of these superficial pyoderma is called “summer patch” because it occurs more frequently during the warmer months.

There are some predisposing causes for our dog to suffer from skin diseases, such as:

  • Hypersensitivityto fleas
  • Allergies that cause itchingthroughout the body.
  • Analbags
  • Otitis
  • Foreign bodiesin the hair coat
  • Dirty hair coat
  • Muscle-skeletalpainful disorders

The summer patch

The skin lesions may appear overnight and some are presented as hairs agglutinated by a sticky exudate with a very strong unpleasant acid odor. The skin is red, moist from the exudate and the edges are well net. It is more frequent in summer.


The following treatment has proven to be effective in many cases, however we strongly advise that you consult your vet before doing any treatment

  • Toilette (shave the area)
  • Cleaning with antiseptic solution (diluted povidone iodine, hydrogen peroxide)
  • Local anti-inflammatory. You can prepare it by boiling 1 tablespoon of magnesium sulfate or sodium chloride in 9 ounces of water and apply twice a day.

In topical form:

  • Antibiotic cream with corticosteroids, or
  • Oral prednisone for 7-10 days
  • Preventively you have to keep his hair and ears clean without fleas and clean anal sacs.

Maintain healthy skin of our German Shepherd is as important as the rest of the care we give to his health, remember that the skin is the largest organ in any mammal and an indicator of overall health.

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  1. My baby (he’s 2 ) just started chewing on his legs in spots. They are only about the size of a dime and only one on 3 of his legs. I thought maybe it was his food so I switched him to science diet but he is still chewing. Any suggestions as to why he would be doing this and what do I do for him?

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