Cairn Terrier skin problems: proper skin care and problem solving

Owner's question

"Hello! I have a wonderful Cairn Terrier, but I noticed that her skin is red and itchy. What skin problems are Cairn Terriers prone to and how can I treat them?"

Vet's detailed answer

"Hi! Recognizing your Cairn Terrier's skin problems is very important, as Cairn Terriers are prone to a variety of skin problems.

One of the most common skin problems that Cairn Terriers face is atopic dermatitis, which is a type of allergic reaction that results in itchy, inflamed skin.

The problem is often caused by environmental allergens such as pollen, mould, dust mites and certain foods.

If your dog is itchy and has red skin, it is very likely that atopic dermatitis is the cause.

In this case, it is important to consult your vet immediately, who may recommend an allergy test to identify the specific allergen!

Allergy treatment often involves avoiding the allergen and taking anti-inflammatory medication.

In addition, Cairn Terriers may also be prone to dry skin, which can also cause itching.

In this case, proper skin care such as moisturising shampoos and skin conditioners can help.

Finally, Cairn Terriers are unfortunately also prone to skin parasites such as fleas and mites, which can also cause skin irritation.

Parasite control is part of preventative veterinary care, so make sure you treat your dog regularly for parasites.

Treating your Cairn Terrier's skin problems may include avoiding allergens, skin care, taking anti-inflammatory medication and parasite control.

Always consult your vet if your dog is showing skin problems."