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How To Battle Pit Bull Skin Problems – Informational Guide

By Junefrazier

Reducing the itching

One of the quickest solutions is a hydrocortisone spray. If your pet experiences serious itching and he starts to scratch the area excessively, apply the spray to the area for immediate relief. If the scratching reduces and you notice the rash has started to go away, then you successfully resolved the problem. If the problem is not gone, then you will have to use a different method.

Moisturizing the skin

If cracked or dry skin is the main problem of your Pit Bull, then you should try supplements and moisturizers to help the skin regenerate and get healthier. Some of the best moisturizers are the ones that use coconut and fish oil. Fish oil can be found as a supplement as well, in the form of a capsule. It's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and you can break the pill open and put it directly into the dog food.

Coconut oil is a very good moisturizer for the skin. It will keep the skin moist and healthy; you also don't have to worry if your dog licks it off, cause it will get into his system that way also and it's harmless.


If your vet prescribed a steroid for your dog don't worry, he's not going to get aggressive and gain weight, that's the first thing that comes to mind of a lot of people. Usually, the steroid given is Prednisone, it will stimulate the skin to heal and clear it up. However, you might notice your pet's increased thirst and more frequent peeing. Steroids can affect the dog's liver and kidneys, so this is used as a short term solution and only when your vet prescribed to it. You Pit can also get sick more easily during the time he's on steroids.

Bathing on a regular basis

There is somehow always this myth the people are spreading that you shouldn't bathe your dog more than once a month. As long as you use a quality dog shampoo, you can bath your dog once a week. Dogs don't produce oils like us humans do, so his skin will be just fine.

Cleaning the paws

When you take your Pit Bull for a walk, his paws get exposed to various kinds of potential allergens outside. You might notice your dog licks and chews his paws after you come home from a walk. He might lick and chew them so much that his fur will completely fall off of that area.

The easy and good solution for this is baby wipes. Don't be lazy and wipe your dog's paws with baby wipes every time you come home from a long walk.

Flea prevention medication

If you could ask a dog what's his biggest annoyance in his life, he would probably say it's fleas. People tend to treat fleas seasonally, but you can talk to your vet, and he can recommend a medication that can be given once a month to keep those parasites away.

Grain free food

Food can be the cause of allergies in a lot of cases, as I said above, so it could be a good idea to get your dog food that is grain free. This type of food is known not to cause allergies, and it's much easier to digest.

Keep your house clean

You should keep your house as clean as possible which can minimize the chance of your dog picking up allergens inside the house. Dust can be a home for a lot of germs and parasites; it's a heaven for them. Allergens can also be brought home from the outside on your shoes, so keep the area where you store them clean.

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