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Bacterial Folliculitis in Dogs / Bacterial Folliculitis in Cats / Pyoderma

Herbal remedies to help address symptomatic needs related to pyoderma based skin wounds and bacterial infections.   

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Pyoderma is a bacterial skin infection that occurs when trauma or damage breaks open surface skin. Once surface skin is exposed, it can become susceptible to moisture, suffer limited blood flow to the wound area, and can spread due to your pet constantly licking the area, causing further damage and infection. 

as been broken, the skin has become injured due to chronic exposure to moisture, the normal skin bacteria have been altered or changed, the blood flow to the skin has become impaired or the immune system has been suppressed. Pyoderma is often secondary to allergic dermatitis and develops in the abrasions on the skin's surface that occur as a result of scratching.

Pyoderma can be the result of allergic dermatitis  or parasites (mites, fleas) as your pet continually licks, chews or scratches the affected area, causing open sores and abrasions, allowing bacteria to penetrate the lesions.  

Pyoderma manifests with pustules that form on the skin and look similar to pimples. They are usually raised, red areas that contain white pus. Pyoderma can also present in round crusty skin, dry flaky skin, alopecia (hair loss), may look like hives and caused constant itching.  

Pets suffering from deep pyoderma may be anorexic, lethargic, weak, depressed, and have a fever.

The best defense against pyroderma and other bacterial infections is to feed a holistic, wholesome, natural diet, including raw, home cooked or grain-free diet to help build a strong immune system and resistance to disorders. 

There are three types of pyoderma:

Surface Pyodermas

Infections that occur on the surface of the skin, such as hot spots or skin folds and are usually located in areas that are hard to clean and keep dry and ideal for harboring bacteria.   

Superficial Pyodermas

Infections that occur within the skin, usually caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus intermedius. This type of pyoderma can be primary with no underlying root cause, or secondary, caused by an underlying cause. Secondary pyodermas can be caused by a weakened immune system.

Deep Pyodermas

Deep pyodermas are uncommon and are bacterial infections that occur under the skin. Animals with deep pyodermas all tend to have a compromised immune system, more than one infection and are systemically sick. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal and marine treatments are used to help address treat bacterial infections, to help soothe inflamed and irritated skin, to help promote a healthy immune system, to help fortify the skin matrix, to help build natural defense systems, to help cleanse the blood and remove toxins, to help cleanse and heal cuts, scrapes and irritations of all kinds, to help reduce the risk of infection and to help treat the presence of all types of skin eruptions and bacterial infections.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella;

First Aid & Wound Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used holistically to help provide relief against external and internal infections (bacterial, fungal, viral and microbial), wounds, cuts, bites, hot spots, bruises, scrapes, abscess, cellulitis, allergic responses and more; as a hemostatic which may help stop bleeding on contact; may help promote collagen production, cellular repair and wound healing up to 30 times faster than without use; may help accelerate wound healing and combat infection; may be used internally or externally for bacterial, fungal and microbial infections as well as for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties; used holistically for its action on intestinal parasites, which are known to compromise immune health; may help as an adjunctive to help address acute and chronic diseases related to bacteria, germs, fungus and viruses, including retrovirus; cytomegalovirus; E. Coli; Staph; Bacillus subtilis, Coccidiomycosis, Cryptococcosis and DNA and RNA viruses and as a holistic adjunctive for cases of rabies.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; strongly antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive Vitamin C content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; ); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and dental disease); adaptogens and natural phytochemicals work to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, sheath surrounding nerves and muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Conventional Treatment:

Your vet will likely perform the following to diagnose and treat pyoderma: collect skin scrapings to detect the presence of mites, check for parasites and fleas, fungal culture, wood’s lamps examination for ringworm and obtain a bacterial culture.

Conventional treatment involves the use of antibiotics, topical therapy, and when appropriate, treatment of the underlying causes.

The bacteria causing pyoderma and deep pryodermas in dogs (Staphylococcus intermedius) does not respond to some of the more common antibiotics such as penicillin, or tetracycline, therefore, more potent antibiotics (e.g. cephalexin) will likely be prescribed. Topically, special antibacterial shampoos that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, ethyl lactate, chlorhexidine, or tar may be used.


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