If your dog is suffering with a skin complaint, it may be useful to have a look at this questionnaire before coming in as the vet is likely to ask these questions:

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  • When did you first notice this problem?
  • What age was the pet?
  • Has your pet ever had any skin problems previously?
  • Do you think that the problem is worse at different times of the year?
  • Do you think anything may be contributing to the problem?
  • Has there been any changes to your pets diet or environment in the last 12 weeks?
  • Do you have any other pets?
  • Are they showing any problems?
  • Are any family members having skin problems?
  • Where does your pet sleep?
  • Do you have carpet, tiles, wooden floors?
  • Do you use disinfectants on the bedding or flooring?
  • How often do you groom your pet?
  • What products to you use? (Shampoos, sprays etc)
  • What flea treatments do you use and how often do you use them?
  • Are all the pets in the house flea treated?
  • Does your pet have any other condition?
  • Is your pet currently on any other medication?
  • What diet do you feed your pet?
  • Does your pet get scraps, table extras?
  • Does your pet get any supplements?
  • Is your pet itchy?
  • Do you notice a smell?
  • Has the condition worsened over time or stayed the same?
  • Where on the pet did the problem start ? (i.e. feet, face, back etc?)
  • How is your pets appetite and water intake?
  • Any increased need to toilet?
  • If female, when was her last heat?