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Skin Rash on Dogs and Cats

Skin RashPet supplement for rashes and skin problems in dogs and cats.  on Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address skin rash on dogs and cats. 

Nutrition plays a major role in skin health. Healthy skin is a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by tissues and organs in the body. Skin health requires nutrients that help to support proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function and maintain the skin's ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, and microorganisms. Nutrition also vitally affects your pet's immune system, which is tasked to keep foreign invaders, such as allergies, from affecting your pet. When the immune system is not balanced, diseases and conditions, such as skin rash, can occur.

A change in your pet's skin that affects color, appearance and texture is usually related to a rash. A rash may be localized to one area of your pet’s body, or it may spread to multiple areas of the skin. A rash can cause much discomfort for your pet due to itchy skin, and warm, bumpy, dry, cracked or blistered skin, accompanied by swelling and pain. A rash can also become infected and become a more serious health problem for your pet.

Rashes may be related to a number of causes, most commonly including eczema and dermatitis (both contact dermatitis and flea-bite dermatitis), superficial stings or insect bites.

Other cases of rash may be secondary in nature, related to food allergies or a hormonal disorder. Most rashes will cause your pet to scratch incessantly often until the skin is raw, weeping and even bleeding. The raw affected areas causes hot spots of skin that may lose hair and become bald from constant scratching or licking at the itchy area. 

The areas of the animal body that are most commonly affected by swelling of tissues include the paws, legs, limbs, joints, skin, lymph glands, and internal organs. Inflammation is generally not cause for major concern and often occurs in warmer weather or as a result of superficial wounds in the form of small cuts and scrapes. If swelling occurs throughout the animal body, this may be a sign of a long-term, progressive disease.

General inflammation may occur as a result of any injury in the animal body, or an allergy. It can also be caused by scrapes, cuts, burns, abrasions and bruising. A variety of factors and medical conditions can cause swelling and these including malnutrition, pregnancy or as a result of surgical procedures.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal treatments have long been used to help address inflammation of skin tissues and structures in the body, to help promote the healing of rashes and wounds; helping to calm hot, irritated and broken skin, helping to treat pain, injuries and chronic skin conditions, helping to relieve skin allergies and irritations, helping to support lymphatic cleansing and as a cleansing tonic, helping to soothe skin discomfort and helping to restore skin health and to lessen skin rash.

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.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator, for asthma, coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

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.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports healthy immune and inflammatory response; for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD) & arthrosis; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; for pain; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function & as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

Other suggestions:

Do not change diet suddenly as this may cause intolerance to certain foods and a skin allergy.

A tablespoon or two of olive oil added to the food a few times a week can help improve skin and coat health.

If you suspect that a dietary intolerance may be the underlying cause of your pet’s rash, start by providing your pet with a natural, unprocessed diet.

Dry your pet thoroughly after washing, as shampoo residue can dry on the skin and cause itching and rashes.

Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy skin. Sources include carrots, squash and sweet potatoes that can be added to your pet’s diet.

Watch out for infection. If your pet has been scratching with dirty nails, and breaks the skin, a bacterial infection may arise. If your animal’s rash develops pustules consult your vet.

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis is determined by a physical check up at your vet, where an inspection of your animal’s skin will be undertaken.

Your vet may also perform specific tests if an underlying disorder is suspected. Depending on the cause, treatment may involve topical creams and may include antihistamines; however these may also have the potential for side effects.

Use a holistic dog or cat shampoo (not human shampoo!) and rinse and dry your pet thoroughly after washing, as shampoo residue can dry on the skin and cause itching and rashes.

Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy skin. Sources include carrots, squash and sweet potatoes that can be added to your pet’s diet.

 

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