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Impetigo in Dogs / Impetigo in Cats / Impetigo / Skin Infection Caused by Staph Or Strep

Impetigo in Dogs / Impetigo in Cats / Pet Impetigo (skin infection caused by Staph or Strep)

Herbal nutrition to help address impetigo infection and pustules on dogs and cats. 

The immune system is a complex army of cells in your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Nutrition also plays a major role in supporting skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning immune system, which interacts and impacts other tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals and marine extracts may help provide nutritional skin support, may help support the skin’s ability to repair itself related to wounds, cuts, scrapes, infections, burns, environmental exposure to toxins and bacterial and viral antigens and microorganisms.

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that primarily affects dogs, usually puppies, but it can also affect cats of all ages and breeds. Impetigo is primarily caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly known as staph, but it can also be caused by group A streptococcus.

Impetigo looks like small puss-filled bumps, called pustules, which have the appearance of blisters. Impetigo is often incorrectly assumed to be acne. 

Impetigo pustules are usually localized to a single area of the animal body, typically found on the abdomens, groin, mouth and face. Pustules can cause severe pain and discomfort for your pet. They also can rupture and release pus which can be highly contagious and easily transmitted to other pets. Once the pustules rupture and the pus is released, the area will become crusty. Impetigo should be treated immediately as the infection can invade deeper layers of the skin and your pet can develop a more serious form of the disease. 

Be sure your dog or cat cannot chew or lick the pustules as it can spread the infection. An Elizabethan collar (e-collar) or no bite collar will limit contact with the infected area.  

Symptoms of impetigo include:

Red bumps

Pustules (with and without pus)

Appearance of acne 


Crysty pustules

Ruptured pustules

Skin discoloration


Rubbing stomach or back on the floor or walls

Severe pain

Oozing lesions


Secondary infection

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal treatments are used to help address bacterial infections; to holistically help address symptoms of impetigo; 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 address symptoms related to all types of skin eruptions and bacterial infections.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes 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; for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to 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.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of 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, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works 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, 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 Remedies:

Impetigo infection usually lasts about 3 weeks and may clear up and resolve on its own. The ability for your dog or cat to clear up impetigo is related to the health of its immune system. If your pet has re-occurring bouts, your pet may receive a topical or oral antibiotic , such as Panalog, to help address pain and persistent infection. The best long term care is related to boosting your pet's immune system.   





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