Smooth coated dogs have a short and sleek coat that lies close to the body. It often just looks like skin. Smooth coated dogs shed regularly, but are very easy to maintain, as they don’t have to bathe often.
Veterinarians use a system of measurement called body condition scoring to determine your dog or cat's level of fitness. The points range from one to five, where one means the animal is very thin – almost to the point of emaciation – and five is indicative of obesity.
Prognosis of this disease largely depends on the underlying cause and treatment offered. However, proper diet, timely administration of medicines, complete rest, and regular monitoring will help your dog throughout the healing process.
The causes and risk factors of candidiasis are numerous. Dogs that have skin that has been traumatized, damaged by burns, or that has dying and inflamed tissue (necrotizing dermatitis) carry an increased risk of acquiring the condition.
Burns are primarily caused by one of three things: chemicals, electricity, or heat from liquids or hot objects. It is essential to quickly ascertain the cause of the burn so that it can be appropriately treated.
Always check your dog from head to tail after he goes outside, or when you return home from work, to see if it acquired any minor injuries. If you should find any, re-examine him more thoroughly to see if there are deeper wounds.