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Pyoderma / Bacterial Folliculitis

Herbal remedies to help treat and reduce symptoms of canine pyoderma, to help soothe and heal skin wounds and bacterial infections in dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressive or stimulating, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support. The animal immune system is intricate and keeps animals healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

Pyoderma in dogs refers to skin infections characterized by the presence of subsurface pus. 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.

Dogs whose immune systems are weakened or compromised are more likely to allow bacteria to thrive and result in an infection. A suppressed immune system can be caused by diseases such as nutritional deficiency, autoimmune disease (i.e. lupus), hormonal diseases (i.e.. Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism), long-term steroid therapies, or cancer

Itching: Itching caused by allergies or parasites (mites, fleas) can lead to excessive chewing, licking, and scratching, which can cause damage to the skin, breakdown of natural defense mechanisms, allowing bacteria to penetrate into the skin and causing pyoderma.

Deep Pyodermas

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

Symptoms of Pyoderma:

Surface and superficial pyodermas can cause severe itching. The dog may lose hair and the skin may become red and inflamed. Pimple-like pustules and lesions may be visible in affected areas. Typically these types of lesions are confined to the trunk, and rarely occur on the face, limbs or feet.

Dogs 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 and preferably grain-free diet to build a strong immune system and resistance to disorders. Suggested foods include Blue Buffalo, Evo, Merrick, Natural Balance, Taste of the Wild and Wellness brands.

Herbal Products:

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

I Feel Good! –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, to reduce inflammation, to provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, to reduce the histamine trigger for contact allergies, for seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, used to provide protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, and relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence.

Related Products:

The Daily Paws – (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

I Cell-Ebrate Life! - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

I Want Liquid Immunity! -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), to promote immunity, cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste, to help treat bacterial infections and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

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 dee 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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