Retrievers are sporting dogs. Whether they are Labrador, Golden or Flatcoat retrievers, these dog breeds are designed for outdoor activities like hunting or retrieving. They can have skin problems from factors such as external irritants, internal ailments and chronic disease.
Skin rashes, hot spots or dry, flaky skin are indicators of skin issues in a retriever. Dogs generally scratch, lick or bite at these areas of the skin.
Allergies, fleas or other irritants trigger skin rashes. Hunting or sporting retrievers are frequently exposed to skin-irritating wildlife parasites and poison ivy.
Thyroid problems and other chronic diseases may cause recurring skin flakes, infections or lesions. These sources are identified through veterinary exams.
A veterinarian offers specific guidelines for bathing, medications or grooming based on the reason for skin problems as well as severity and frequency of symptoms.
Retrievers are prone to skin problems by their activities. Damp skin after swimming encourages fungus diseases. Dirty ears promote hot spots by transferring ear infections to the outer skin and cheeks. Grooming is critical for retriever skin health.