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Skin Ailments In Pets

The Common Conditions Afflicting Dogs & Cats

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Submitted by Farnam Pet Products

Diseases affecting the skin fall under two categories: primary and secondary. Primary skin ailments impact the skin directly, and may result from flea or tick infestation. Secondary diseases initially involve other organs and then impact the skin, such as hyperthyroidism, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Following is a sampling of some common skin conditions found in pets:

  • Allergies: Pets react to allergies by scratching, prompted by airborne, food or contact allergens such as grass. Signs of an allergic reaction include scratching, licking or biting the skin. This can lead to infections and continued discomfort unless treated. Seek help from a veterinarian when the pet shows signs of allergic reactions.
  • Hot Spots: Hot spots occur from self trauma that results when the pet attempts to relieve a pain or itch by excessive scratching, biting and rubbing. Treatment includes cleaning the area and applying SulfodeneB Skin Medication for Dogs, the only FDA-approved over-the-counter aid in healing hot spots. Sulfodene also can be used as first aid for cuts and abrasions.
  • Pyoderma: Pyodermas include a range of infections resulting in the formation of pus. They vary in severity, and can be treated with similar solutions to those used in treating hot spots. Shampoos and rinses such as SulfodeneB Medicated Shampoo & Conditioner For Dogs are also helpful.
  • Ectoparasites (external parasites): These include fleas, ticks and mites. When parasites attack the skins of pets, infections or allergic conditions are often the result. Dogs and cats displaying discomfort and scratching may be trying to ward off fleas, which appear small (a little more than one millimeter), wingless, brown and fast moving. Some animals may be allergic to the bugs' saliva, causing inflammation of their skin. Flea and tick control products for pets help to manage and prevent the problems associated with parasites.
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