How to Treat Pitbull Skin Problems

By Britt Kascjak

If you’re a proud Pitbull owner then you may already know that the breed is prone to allergies and skin problems.

Caring for a Pitbull means learning how to address these problems.

There are many possible causes from food and environmental allergies to sunburns. Some Pit Bulls will even have skin problems from vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

Good news: There are things that you can do to give your Pitbull some much-needed relief.

Limited Ingredient Diets

While your Pitbull could be allergic or intolerant to just about any food, there are some common allergens.

Select a food that eliminates all the most common offenders.

You can always add ingredients back to your Pit bull’s diet slowly, one at a time. This will help you identify the exact cause of his allergies.

The most common food allergies in Pitbulls include:

  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Corn

Choose a food with a novel protein, which is an animal protein that isn’t as common. When your pitbull’s allergies are under control, that is when you can start introducing ingredients back.

But, don’t forget to pay attention to the ingredients in his treats too!

Omega Fatty Acids

Sticking with dietary options and adding omega fatty acids to your pitbull’s diet can help.

They are known to improve your pitbull’s skin and coat health.

By adding these to his diet, you can help to combat any issues your pitbull may be experiencing. This would provide much-needed relief.

Some foods contain high levels of omega-fatty acids.

But, if your pitbull’s food doesn’t have this key ingredient, you can add it as a supplement. Salmon oil is a great option. 

Bathe with the Right Shampoos

There are many great anti-itch shampoos on the market. These work by moisturizing your pitbull’s fur and relieving any irritation.

But, make sure you are only using shampoo for dogs.

Human shampoos may contain products that make your pitbull’s discomfort even worse.

In the most extreme cases, speak with your veterinarian about a medicated shampoo. This will be more effective in providing immediate relief.

Clean His Paws

Anytime that you come in from spending time outdoors, take a moment to wipe his paws clean.

This is a solution that is often overlooked. But, your pitbull tracks environmental allergens in your home on a regular basis.

After these allergens are brought into your carpets and rugs, he can then spread the irritant by simply laying down.

Keep a towel by the door to wipe his feet down right away. Then, throw this towel in the laundry.

Take a Look at Your Cleaning Products

From floor cleaners to laundry detergent, your pitbull is exposed to the products you use. If he has sensitive skin, the chemicals in many cleaners can create problems.

Try using natural cleaning products. For example, vinegar and water is an effective all-purpose cleaner.

When choosing laundry detergent or dryer sheets, avoid unnecessary chemicals.

Switch to a natural or sensitive skin formula for detergent. In the dry, swap out chemical-filled dryer sheets for some wool dryer balls.

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Britt Kascjak
Britt Kascjak has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering, and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. Her ‘pack’ includes her husband John, their 3 dogs – Daviana, Indiana, and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx.