Pit Bull Dog Rash: Symptoms, Treatments and Prevention

A pit bull developing a rash on their skin occurs for several reasons. This guide will help you diagnose what caused your dog to break out in a rash, so you can treat it properly. A dog will itch and scratch the area in search of relief, only to worsen the condition.

When it comes to pit bulls, there appears to be more complaints about blue nose pit bulls being more susceptible to a rash than pits of other colors.

There’s no clear study of blue pit bulls being susceptible to skin conditions more than pit bulls of other colors. Owners seem to suggest that they feel its due to the lighter colors associated with blue pits.

Either way, its best to be cognizant of your dog’s skin sensitivities regardless of dog breed or type. Feed your dog a healthy diet with a high quality dog food, and supplement with a wild Alaskan salmon fish oil if needed.

Potential Causes



Depending on the time of year, airborne allergies can be the cause of your dog’s rash. If you determine this to be the case, you would unfortunately have to limit outside activity.

Seasonal allergies can be brutal on all of us. Pollen from plants or trees growing around the home can cause a reaction in your dog’s skin.

Air circulating inside the home by way of air conditioning or a dehumidifier can be helpful. You can try an air purifier also.

Different types of insects may inhabit the area at different times also which can be the offender. It can be difficult trying to eliminate the potential threats one by one. But the hard work now can pay off later with a healthy skin and coat to keep him happy for years to come.

Dry Skin

Your dog’s skin can become dry any time of the year. Try and take note if it only occurs in the winter, or if you tend to notice it in some warmer months as well. An allergic reaction stemming from dry skin is one of the easiest ones to prevent.

When your dog’s skin is dry it will feel uncomfortable.  He may itch and scratch the area where the skin is cracked and cause bleeding.

Quickly a minor rash can become a major rash.  Crusty scabs may start to form and the possibility of infection.

If it becomes that far along, a prescription for antibiotics to treat the dog’s infection may be needed. If your dog is susceptible to dry skin, try to be on top of it and inspect him frequently. Dry skin can be prevented.

Check his coat completely. Check in crevices where his legs meet his body, his tail etc. Check your dog’s belly and don’t forget to inspect his paws.Underneath his paws can really become red and raw inside there, possibly developing a yeast infection.


Cleaners and chemicals around the home can cause your dog to develop a rash especially if you have a pit that’s typically sensitive.

Think about where your dog spends time and if there is anything there that can be affecting him. Be aware of things such as floor cleaners, carpet and upholstery cleaners, air and fabric fresheners than can all affect your pit bull.

His dog food or perhaps table food can all cause your pit to breakout in a rash. Contain the environment. Eliminate what you can and find alternatives when necessary.