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Skin Irritations

Skin Irritations

Herbal treatments to prevent and relieve skin irritations in cats and dogs.

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 often suffer from the same skin irritations as we do. There are various types of skin irritations and problems which range from dermatitis, pruritus, seborrhoea, acne, eczema, lesions and warts. Animals usually start scratching, itching and biting themselves when their skin is irritated.

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.

Red bumps, lesions, inflammation, hair loss and excessive licking of the paws are frequently common signs that the skin is irritated. Your dog or cat’s scratching and licking may get completely out of control and lead to infection which in turn may spread to other areas of the skin.

When skin irritation occurs, it is usually as a result of an allergic reaction to flea bites, food ingredients, inhaling certain substances or due to a yeast or bacterial infection. Sometimes, an underlying condition such as thyroid problems, a weakened immune system or a build up of toxins may also contribute to skin irritation developing.

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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Conventional Remedies:

As soon as you notice that your pet is scratching or itching excessively, and the appearance of his skin has changed, consult your vet immediately. A thorough physical examination will be performed and your pet’s medical history will be reviewed. Samples or swabs of the skin will be taken and a skin biopsy will be performed to determine the type and cause of the skin irritation.

Treatment depends on the type and cause of skin irritation in dogs or cats. Various medications, topical treatments and certain dietary changes may be recommended.

Medications such as antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat bacterial skin infections while soothing shampoos and leave-in conditioners, antihistamines and corticosteroids may be recommended for other skin irritations. Regular home maintenance becomes extremely important if your pet suffers from recurring skin irritations. 

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