A Complete Guide to Standard Poodle Skin Issues (and Fixes!)
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A Complete Guide to Standard Poodle Skin Issues (and Fixes!)

by Jeff Bloom

Written By: Tiffany Ruiz Dasilva, VMD, cVMA | Professional Services Veterinarian, Wild Earth

Standard Poodles are elegant and intelligent dogs known for their curly and hypoallergenic coats. While they may have fewer skin issues compared to some other breeds, Standard Poodles are still prone to certain skin problems. Recognizing and addressing these common skin issues is crucial for maintaining the overall health and well-being of your beloved Poodle. In this article, I will explore the top five most common skin issues that affect Standard Poodles, including their causes, symptoms, and potential treatment options.

Food Allergies

Like many dogs, Standard Poodles can suffer from various allergies, including food allergies, environmental allergies, and contact allergies. These allergies can cause itching, redness, skin irritation, and recurrent ear infections.

The top five most common food allergens for dogs are beef, dairy, chicken, wheat and lamb. According to a study on PubMed.gov, after five weeks of their dog patients “starting an elimination diet, more than 80% of patients had achieved a remission of clinical signs of CAFR .” That means your dog’s allergies could be eliminated just by changing what they eat, namely by removing those common food allergens, so consider switching their dog food. 86% of customers reported a positive health benefit for their dog after switching to Wild Earth dog food!

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If your pup does suffer from food allergies, make sure to eliminate all other sources of animal-based protein, including treats and table scraps. Our Wild Earth treats are a great way to treat your dog, without the itch! Try one of our flavors – Banana and Cinnamon, Strawberry and Beet, or Peanut Butter.

Environmental and Contact Allergies

Environmental allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and mold can cause allergies. Symptoms of environmental allergies usually occur seasonally, whereas food allergies usually occur year-round. To help protect your pup from these common allergens, wipe down their paws and bellies after walks with a damp towel. You can also help by changing your HVAC filters regularly and using powerful air purifiers indoors.

Other possible contact allergens can include anything your dog comes into contact with, including household cleaning products, detergents, and shampoos.

If you suspect your dog is suffering from environmental allergies, speak to your veterinarian. They may prescribe antihistamines or medications such as Cytopoint.


Seborrhea is a skin condition that can affect Standard Poodles and other dog breeds. It is characterized by abnormal production of sebum, which is the oily substance that helps moisturize the skin and coat.

Seborrhea can be divided into two types: primary and secondary. Primary seborrhea is a hereditary condition. The exact cause is not yet fully understood, but it is thought to involve abnormalities in the sebaceous glands. Secondary seborrhea, on the other hand, is caused by an underlying issue such as allergies, hormonal imbalances, infections or nutritional deficiencies due to an unbalanced diet.

The symptoms of seborrhea in Standard Poodles can vary depending on the type and underlying cause. Seborrhea oleosa causes excessively greasy skin, while seborrhea sicca causes dry skin. Regardless of which type, the affected skin may develop dandruff-like flakes which can be visible on the coat or found on bedding. Your pup may experience itching, which can lead to scratching, licking and chewing, possibly leading to skin infections and skin odor.

If your Standard Poodle is experiencing these symptoms, it is crucial to work closely with your veterinarian to determine the underlying cause and develop a tailored treatment plan for your pup. If seborrhea is secondary to an underlying condition, such as allergies or hormonal imbalances, addressing and managing the primary cause is essential. This may involve dietary changes, allergy management, or medications to regulate hormone levels. In some cases, your veterinarian may prescribe medications such as antifungal or antibacterial treatments to address secondary infections or anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve itching and inflammation.

Your veterinarian may also recommend regular, gentle bathing with a medicated or moisturizing shampoo, and using specific moisturizing or conditioning products designed for dogs with seborrhea. Once seborrhea is under control, regular grooming, proper nutrition, and maintaining a healthy environment will help prevent flare-ups and maintain your Standard Poodle's skin health.

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Folliculitis is the inflammation of hair follicles, resulting in small, red bumps or pustules on the skin. Standard Poodles, with their thick, curly coats, may be more susceptible to folliculitis due to the dense hair follicles that can trap bacteria and other irritants.

There are many possible causes of folliculitis. The most common cause is bacteria invading the hair follicles and leading to inflammation. Both food and environmental allergies can also trigger folliculitis as a secondary reaction, as allergens can cause inflammation and make the hair follicles more susceptible to infection. Other causes include external parasites irritating the skin or poor grooming practices leading to debris, dead skin cells, and excess oils clogging the hair follicles and creating an environment conducive to bacterial growth.

Folliculitis can manifest with a range of symptoms. Common signs to watch for include redness and inflammation of the affected skin, pustules, crusting, scabbing, itching and hair loss or thinning of the coat. In severe cases, open wounds or skin lesions may be present.

If your Standard Poodle is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to consult with a veterinarian immediately in order to address the underlying cause and begin treatment. If a bacterial or fungal infection is present, antibiotics or antifungals may be prescribed. If allergies are a contributing factor, then allergy management is important. Topical treatments such as medicated shampoos, sprays, or creams may be recommended to cleanse the affected areas, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Lastly, regular grooming is essential for prevention and long-term management of folliculitis in Standard Poodles.

Keep an Eye on Your Standard Poodle

While Standard Poodles are generally healthy dogs, they can still experience common skin issues. By understanding these skin problems and taking appropriate preventive measures, such as regular grooming, maintaining a clean living environment, and routine veterinary care, you can help keep your Standard Poodle's skin healthy and ensure their overall well-being. Remember, if you notice any persistent or severe skin issues, it is crucial to consult with a veterinarian for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. With proper care and attention, you can provide your beloved Standard Poodle with the healthy skin they deserve.

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