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Skin Diseases

 Herbal treatments to help promote healthy skin in cats and dogs with skin diseases or disorders.

The complexity of the immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated, to  support for healthy immune response, as well as to enhance the growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, for all types of arthritis, cancer, tumors, to protect healthy cellular response, to protect against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens, for most types of viral and bacterial diseases and diseases and for all types of inflammation and auto immune diseases.

A dog’s skin is very sensitive. A cat too has sensitive skin, and for both animals a skin disorder can be very unpleasant and painful. Any foreign particle has the ability to agitate the skin – causing inflammation and redness which is most commonly accompanied by itching, leading to lesions and open wounds.

Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Various Types of Skin Disease:

Bacterial Skin Infections are commonly itchy; yellow with reddened and ulcerated skin with dry, crusted areas may be accompanied by loss of hair and odor. Mostly confined to the trunk, but may affect other areas. Obese dogs are frequently affected by bacterial skin infection in the skin folds on their face, lips and vulva. Staphylococci (‘Staph bacteria’) are the most common organisms found in bacterial skin diseases, but are not contagious to humans or other pets.

Diagnosis and treatment Most bacterial skin infections in dogs are secondary to another disease such as parasitism, allergies, endocrine (hormonal) disorders or abnormalities in the immune system. Initial treatments may entail removal of the hair in and around the lesions and washing of the whole dog with antibiotic shampoos and antibiotics will also be administered orally for 3-4 weeks. (Keep in mind that antibiotics may weaken the immune system in the long term).

Fungal Skin Infections (Ringworm) is caused by two species of fungi: Microsporum and Trichophyton – resulting in the skin condition commonly called ‘ringworm.’ Ringworm is seen most commonly in young dogs with hair loss, usually in circular patches, a common symptom.

The head and legs are most commonly affected by ringworm, although the disease may spread over other parts of the dog’s body, causing the dog to scratch. Ringworm is contagious to humans (children and to other household pets). Infected dogs should be kept away from children and other dogs and cats until the infection is cured and other pets in the home should be monitored for Ringworm.

Diagnosis and treatment A Wood’s Lamp Test (ultraviolet light) can be used to help diagnose the Microsporum species only. A definite diagnosis can be obtained through a fungal culture. Treatment involves clipping the hair around the lesions, and special fungicidal shampoos or rinses are used.

Allergic Skin Diseases are common in dogs – itchy skin, nasal and eye discharges, digestive upsets and/or skin lesions are common signs of allergy. The most common allergy dogs develop is an allergy to flea saliva that causes intense itching. Dermatitis and eczema may also result from an allergy. Your pet may have a food allergy or contact allergy. Itching is the primary sign of allergic skin diseases in dogs with the affected skin appearing red and moist in patches called ‘hot spots.’

Diagnosis and treatment Intense itching and location of the lesions are helpful in diagnosing the type of allergy present. Flea control is the treatment for flea allergy while trials of special hypoallergenic diets are used to diagnose food allergies. Antihistamines and corticosteroids may be prescribed – however, Corticosteroids are potent drugs and should not be used carelessly or for long periods of time.

Parasitic Skin Diseases are most commonly caused by fleas, second to Mange – a type of skin disease which is caused by mites. There are two severe types of mange: sarcoptic mange and demodectic mange. Other parasites are ear mites, lice, and ticks that affect dogs. Their presence irritates the dog, leading to self-mutilation.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal and marine treatments have been used for millennia to treat animals, to soothe inflamed and irritated skin or allergic reactions to triggers, to promote a healthy immune system, to cleanse and soothe minor cuts, scrapes and irritations of all kinds, to help reduce the risk of infection and to treat the presence of bacterial infections.

If you know your pet has allergies to certain food ingredients, read the food label carefully to avoid those ingredients.

Control your pet’s fleas regularly! This is key in the battle against irritated skin.

If you bath your pets – do not bath them too often. Make sure you use a natural, gentle shampoo – and always dry them off properly.

Never use human perfumes, moisturizers or talc on your pet’s skin.

Treat other rashes, especially fungal infections, even though they may not seem related and watch out for infection.

Avoid dressing your pet in clothing: the skin needs to ‘breathe’ and in the case of dermatitis related to allergies or triggers, some detergents may be at fault for your pet’s irritated skin.

Keep your pet’s nails short to avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area

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Feed your pet a high quality, all natural diet that is free of additives, preservatives and colorants

Ensure that your pet always has fresh, clean water available

Exercise your pet regularly -

Use stainless steel food and water bowls instead of plastic – and always wash bowls thoroughly with warm, soapy water

Keep your pet’s living clean, dry and regularly disinfected

Incorporate immune-building supplements into your dog or cat’s diet to boost their immune system

Always disinfect cuts or scrapes to avoid further infection

Detox your pet regularly to eliminate unwanted toxins

Visit your annually for a check-up

Avoid situations overcrowded with other animals such as boarding facilities, dog or cat shows

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Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis and treatment: A skin-scraping test is always performed to aid in identifying parasites. Ear mites, are barely visible to the naked eye and appear as small white objects. Lice, fleas and ticks can also be seen by close examination of the dog’s skin. Clipping around the affected areas and washing them with an antiseptic is done to treat the mange.

Antibiotics can be administered in cases of mange where infection may be present. Ear mites can be treated with a thorough cleaning of the dog’s ears while the animal is sedated. This treatment can be followed up with home treatments using special solutions or ointments to kill the mites and prevent future infections. Lice, ticks and fleas must be killed on the dog and in the dog’s environment with insecticides.

Hormonal Skin Diseases are caused by an imbalance in hormone production. The thyroid gland, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, testicles and ovaries all produce hormones. If excessive (‘hyper’) or deficient (‘hypo’), these hormones produce changes in the skin and hair coat. Most hormonal problems that affect the skin produce hair loss that is evenly distributed on each side of the dog’s body. The skin may be thicker or thinner than normal, and there may be changes in the color of the skin or hair coat. These diseases usually are not itchy.

Diagnosis and treatment: Some causes of hormonal skin disease, such as hypothyroidism and adrenal gland problems, can be diagnosed by special blood tests and effectively treated. Others may be more difficult to diagnose and treat. Skin changes related to the sex hormones can be successfully treated with surgical neutering, if this has not been performed previously.

Avoiding the allergens, treating the symptoms or desensitizing your pet can control skin allergies. Drugs such as steroids and antihistamines may be prescribed to relieve the symptoms of itchiness and inflammation in pets, however, like any drugs – they may come with unwanted side effects and the long-term effects are not known.

Long-term steroid use is discouraged because these drugs work by suppressing the immune system. This means that over time your pet may be left vulnerable to infection, diabetes, and other conditions.

 

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