Knowing and Fighting Skin Conditions on Cats and Dogs
Skin conditions are quite common among dogs and cats, especially on those that are domesticated and used to living indoors. The most commonly known skin conditions that dogs and cats can develop are bacterial skin conditions and yeast accumulation. Usually, bacteria already present on their skin originate the vast majority of skin conditions on both of these pets.
Skin condition triggers
However, as common as the presence of bacteria can be on cats’ and dogs’ skins, there are always very specific causes that can trigger their skin conditions. Here are some of them:
- Cuts and open wounds: Open wounds are one of the main triggers of skin conditions mainly due to the high risk of infection they pose. Also, in the scenario that the cat or dog that develops an open wound has short hair, owners need to take immediate action since the wound is far more exposed than on animals with longer hair.
- Allergies: Cats and dogs are as prone to develop allergies as humans are, and as with any allergic reaction, there is a high risk of it compromising the skin. In the case of allergies, they can be caused by a wide variety of elements, ranging from fungus and parasites, all the way to regular food and even plastic toys. In this situation owners need to carefully watch their pets’ behaviour in order to notice any sudden increase in their scratching.
- Yeast accumulation: Yeast normally exists in regular quantities on dogs’ and cats’ skins, especially around the areas of the neck, ears, groin and anal area. It is absolutely harmless unless it starts to build up in quantity, in which case it can trigger disease. Smaller breeds are more prone to develop yeast accumulation since most of them have oily skins.
- Parasites: Common pet-parasites that tend to target dogs and cats, like fleas, ticks and mites are also a serious source of bacterial infection. These parasites can also lead to allergic conditions, which make them twice as dangerous. However, since they are mostly present on unhygienic conditions, a proper bathing and cleaning of the mascots will ensure they remain clean from any parasites.
Preventive measures and treatments
Whenever an owner detects any kind of surge in the amount of scratching of his or her pet, they should immediately bathe their pet in warm water and then visit the veterinarian for medical consultation.
Also in both bacterial skin infections and in those caused by yeast accumulation, one of the most simple-to-use and effective treatments is special shampoos that target both of these substances. However, in all cases these shampoos have to be prescribed by a veterinarian in order to be used.
Lastly, another effective (and sometimes less costly as well) method to prevent skin conditions on cats and dogs is to provide them with a balanced diet and an appropriate set of vitamin supplements, both of which will strengthen their defenses and make it harder for any infection to take hold.