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Skin Infections

Herbal treatments for bacterial and fungal yeast infections on your cat's or dog's skin.

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.

Dogs and cats are often susceptible to skin infections. Common cat and dog skin infections include bacterial (superficial pyoderma) and yeast (malassezia dermatitis). Bacterial infections tend to be more common in dogs than cats. It is caused by bacteria that is part of the normal flora of the skin and usually develops on the superficial layers of the skin.

A pet’s skin and coat are one of the most visible signs of vitality and health. An animal’s skin is very sensitive, especially for dogs and cats. Although their skin secretes natural oil that helps to keep coats shiny and skin moisturized, an animal’s skin is in contact with the environment, and they lack the protection that clothes give us. Although they have extensive hair coats, fleas, allergies and parasites can wreak havoc on the skin.

Good nutrition is essential for normal, healthy skin. This relies greatly on giving your pet an adequate supply of nutrients, including protein, fatty acids, zinc, copper, vitamin A and B vitamins. Certain animals may have genetic or metabolic differences that may lead to skin and coat condition. Unhealthy treats and poor quality pet food may also result in skin problems and an unhealthy, uneven coat.

When we see a dog or a cat with a shiny healthy coat, we regard it as a sign of health and vitality. However, without proper care - the coat of any animal may become lackluster, brittle and may even begin to fall out.

While many factors influence a healthy coat, nutrition is crucial. The right balance of protein, carbohydrates and minerals can go a long way to help keeping your pet’s coat healthy.

The common symptoms and of Bacterial Skin Infections include:

Itchiness

Pustules (inflamed pus-filled bumps)

Lesions

Dried discharge

Rancid odor

Excessive shedding

Scaling

Hair loss

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Itchiness

Greasy skin

Redness

Rancid odor

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When there is cut or wound, infection also develops in the inner folds of the skin and increases the risk of infection – this is known as deep pyoderma. Certain breeds such as dog and cat breeds with skin folds and pressure calluses, German Shepherds with short hair, dogs with Staphylococcus intermedius and cats with Pasturella multocida are more prone to bacterial infections of the skin.

If an animal is allergic to fleas, parasites or food ingredients, or suffers from hyperthyroidism or a fungal infection, there is an increased risk of developing this infection.

Yeast skin infection manifests itself on your pet’s neck, ears, armpits, groin and anal area. It is caused by a common yeast organism known as Malassezia pachydermatitis. Yeast usually lives harmlessly on the skin but if large quantities of yeast are present, then disease can occur.

This infection develops if the animal suffers from allergies, has seborrhoea (increase in oil production of the skin) or there is an immune deficiency. Dog breeds such as the Cocker spaniel, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Shetland sheepdog, Basset hound, Maltese and Westland Highland White Terrier are predisposed to yeast infections.

Although it may be cheaper to purchase generic brands of pet food, these brands may not contain high quality ingredients which may negatively affect skin and coat conditions. The skin of an animal requires these nutrients to produce natural oils to help keep the skin and hair follicles hydrated, moisturized and protected naturally. Recommended holistic food brands that are grain-free and human grade, include Blue Buffalo, Evo, Natural Balance and Wellness brands.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal treatments to heal, soothe skin infections, to promote healthy and strong skin, bones, claws, fur and hair follicle health and shiny, glossy coats,

to soothe inflamed and irritated skin, to help support healthy cellular and immune response, to help keep levels of dermal fungus in the normal range to maintain skin health, to provide symptomatic relief for itchiness, scratching, redness and burning of the skin, to relieve skin allergies and irritations, plus soothes itchy skin on cats and dogs, to provide first aid antiseptic for cleaning wounds, cuts, bites and bee stings in cats and dogs.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune response, promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

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 Feel Good! –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, 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.

Bathe for your breed. Some pets need regular bathing while others may need it only periodically. Check with your vet on which routine is best, and pay attention to how your pet’s coat reacts to washing. Customize your bathing routine to suit your animal.

If your pet has a particular skin condition such as dermatitis or eczema speak to a vet about a suitable grooming program as they may require special care.

Always comb and brush your pet gently before bathing – as wet hair is harder to work with if it is tangled or matted.

After bathing, always rinse your pet thoroughly. Even when it seems like the product is rinsed out; rinse again a few more times as soap residue will dull the coat and leave the skin feeling itchy (it may also be trapped in skin folds leading to problem skin.)

Never use human shampoo or skin products on your animal. Human products differ in pH and may be designed to strip the hair shaft and skin of essential natural oils leaving your animal’s coat dry and flaky.

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Related Products:

Probiotic Lean Machine - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Yelp for Kelp! - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, for anemia, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of skin infections in cats and dogs are based on the symptoms, thorough physical examination and review of your pet’s medical history. Samples of your pet’s skin will be taken to determine the type of infection and in certain cases; a biopsy will also be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

There are many lotions and sprays on the market to help keep an animal’s coat and skin in healthy and in good condition (keep in mind that many lotions and sprays contain synthetic chemicals). Dietary supplements are also available.

For dogs and cats alike a healthy coat depends a great deal on proper grooming. To remove matted, tangled longer hair, you may try using a special comb. Grooming brushes will help to remove dead surface hair and dead skin cells, also helping to distribute the natural oil on the coat.

Having your pet’s hair shaved can sometimes be the only alternative when his or her coat is matted and tangled to the skin. Shaving can actually be a lot less painful than trying to get the knots and tangled loose. Once your pet’s hair is shaved, you can start with regular grooming as the new coat grows in.

Treatment depends on the type of skin infection and its cause. For bacterial skin infections (superficial pyoderma), antibiotics, and antibacterial shampoos containing benzoyl peroxide may be prescribed. In order for the treatment to be effective, the full course of treatment should be completed.

For the treatment of mild yeast infections (malassezia dermatitis), topical therapy such as anti-fungal shampoos and leave-in conditioners are prescribed. More severe cases of yeast infections requires systemic therapy such as Ketoconazole, itraconazole and fluconazole. In addition, a vinegar and water rinse combination can also be used as a long-term maintenance treatment.

 

 

 

 

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