"Hi! We have a beautiful Chinese Crested Dog who unfortunately often suffers from skin problems. What can I do to treat and prevent her skin problems? Why are breeds prone to this?"
Vet's detailed answer
"Hi! The Chinese Naked Dog is a unique breed where skin care is key! Due to their lack of fur, their skin is more exposed to environmental influences than that of a hairy dog breed, which can lead to more skin problems such as dermatitis or skin irritation.
Chinese Hairless Dogs are prone to sunburn because they have no fur to protect them from the sun's rays.
Therefore, always make sure they don't spend too much time in direct sunlight and use dog sunscreen when they are outdoors!
Clothing that acts as sun protection, such as lightweight t-shirts, can also be a good way to protect their skin.
Dry skin is another common problem that can lead to dermatitis and itching.
To keep their skin moisturised, use a special dog lotion or oil such as coconut oil. As well as moisturising, regular bathing is important, but not too often as this can dry out the skin. Use skin-friendly, paraben- and sulphate-free shampoos and shower gels.
The Chinese Naked Dog is also prone to acne and blackheads.
Regular cleaning can help prevent skin problems. However, avoid harsh exfoliators and never squeeze out acne as this can aggravate skin problems.
Last but not least, skin problems can also be caused by food allergies or sensitivities.
If your skin problems keep recurring, you may want to get an allergy test or try a special diet.
Treating skin problems in the Chinese Naked Dog requires proactive skin care and adequate protection from environmental risks.
However, when treating these problems, it is always important to consult a veterinarian to determine the most appropriate treatment and prevention methods!"