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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. 

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 bacterial infections, to help soothe inflamed and irritated skin, to help promote a healthy immune system, 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) capsulestincture,  powder may help promote healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; adjunctively and holistically to help address conditional needs of DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to help address conditional needs related to respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); may help inhibit bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; may help provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that may help block the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to help stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

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 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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