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Seborrhea in Dogs and Cats

Seborrhea in Dogs and Cats

Pet supplements to help treat seborrhea and scaly, flaky skin and dandruff in cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out 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, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). 

The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. With so many pet parents wondering why and how to best support immunity in their dogs and cats, this article will highlight its role and provide practical suggestions. 

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. 

Seborrhea, also known as dandruff or scaly skin, is caused by excessive oil production of the skin cells and glands. It can present either as dry scaliness in skin and coat (called seborrhea sicca); be oily causing greasy, oily skin and coat (called seborrhea oleosa); or greasy and flaky skin and coat (seborrheic dermatitis). It usually presents on the ears, stomach, elbows, armpits and ankles.

Seborrhea is more common in dogs than cats, but it can affect both. It may be a genetic factor, affecting breeds such as Cocker spaniels, Labradors, Dobermans, German Shepherds and Irish setters. Seborrhea may also be caused by allergies, parasites, bacterial and fungal infections, thyroid hormone deficiency, pancreatic disease or nutritional disorders. If left untreated, seborrhea can lead to severe skin infections.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal treatments help to keep your pet’s skin healthy, hydrated and nourished, help to promote a shiny, glossy coat, supports immunity, help to relieve skin allergies, irritations and reduces allergen response, help to promote natural oil production, help to balance production of thyroid hormones and helps to deliver nutrients necessary for maintaining skin and coat health.

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; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

The Daily Paws  (learn more) is used as a multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, 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.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to support healthy body weight, 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, 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.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of seborrhea is based on the symptoms, thorough physical examination and review of your pet’s medical history. Diagnostic tests may include a skin swab and skin biopsy will be performed to rule out if a primary disease is the cause of cat or dog dandruff.

Depending on the type and cause of serborrhea, various anti-seborrheic shampoos and conditioners may be used. These shampoos should be left to lather on your pet’s skin for at least ten minutes before rinsing thoroughly. It is very important that you rinse properly and that no shampoo residue remains as this will only irritate the skin further.

Antibiotics and anti-fungal drugs will be prescribed for recurring yeast and bacterial skin infections which often accompanies seborrhea. Your vet may also recommend certain dietary changes together with omega-3 fatty supplementation as well as regular bathing of your pet.



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