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
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
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