September 27, 2011

Naturally Treating Dermatitis in Dogs

Filed under: Dog Skin Problems — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 11:50 pm

Relieve Canine DermatitisDermatitis is a common skin condition in which there is inflammation and itching of the skin. Dermatitis in dogs can be caused by a number of factors such as: poor nutrition, allergies, hypersensitivity, or pathogens. Once the cause of dermatitis has been established, you can easily help your dog overcome dermatitis.

A lack of nutrients results in itchy dry skin causing nutritional dermatitis in dogs. If your dog’s dermatitis has been induced by poor nutrition it is best to change his or her diet. Invest in quality dog food which contains natural ingredients and higher levels of protein. Feeding your pet organic dog food or home cooked dog food is also a great way to improve and maintain proper nutrition in your dog.

Hypersensitivity to the environment can cause atopic dermatitis in dogs. Often the dog is sensitive to environmental substances such as poison oak or nettle. Hypersensitivity is similar to allergic dermatitis in dogs although allergy induced dermatitis refers to skin irritation caused by allergens. If you notice your dog itching more after spending time outdoors, it is best to remove any plants or substances that may be triggering the dermatitis. Permanent removal will reduce the chances of atopic dermatitis from reoccurring.

Furthermore, if allergens such as dust, pollen, fleas or mold have been causing dermatitis in your pet, avoid and maintain minimal contact between the allergens and your pet. After your pet has spent time outdoors, bathe your pet to remove allergens from the fur. Flea allergies are the most common cause of dermatitis in dogs. If your pet has fleas, removing the fleas from your pet and home is important. For example, fleas can infest carpets and sofas. It is thus recommended to shampoo all living areas in order to completely eliminate the possibility of re-infestation in your pet.

If your pet has been feverish or experiencing a decrease in appetite while having dermatitis, it is likely that the dermatitis has been caused by a bacteria or virus. Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics for a bacterial infection or may supply additional treatment if your pet has a viral infection.

September 21, 2011

Seborrhea in Pets

Filed under: Cat Skin,Dog Skin Problems — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 11:17 pm

dog-looking-up-white-backgroundSeborrhea is a common skin condition amongst pets. Distinguished by an excessive amount of dandruff, seborrhea is also characterized by either excessively oily skin or flaky, dry skin. Typically, skin cells are always dying and being replaced by new skin cells which occurs over the course of 3 weeks but with the condition of seborrhea, this occurs in several days which causes a buildup of skin cells.

If seborrhea is not in your pet’s genetics, it can be caused as a result of an injury to the skin such as allergies, hypothyroidism, parasites, or a nutritional disorder. Seborrhea dermatitis is distinguished as flaking and inflammation of the skin. Seborrhea oleosa is characterized by the overproduction of oil which also releases a foul smell. Seborrhea sicca is when the skin becomes very dry causing scaling of the skin. Seborrhea is frequently predominant in areas such as ears, stomach, elbows, armpits, and ankles. Breeds of dogs are commonly infected are dogs such as Labradors, Dobermans, German Sheppards, and a few more. Cats that commonly suffer from seborrhea are Persian and Himalayan cats.

Treatment of Seborrhea is dependent on how severe your pet’s condition is and which type of seborrhea they suffer. Diagnosis is usually based on symptoms through a skin swab and a skin biopsy. Treatment for seborrhea typically involves a treatment of shampoo and conditioner that is left in for at least 10 min then fully rinsed out. Ingredients to naturally treat seborrhea include herbs such as green tea, chamomile, viola tri, and also echinacea. Changing your pet’s diet to strengthen their immune system by adding vitamins such as A, C, E, and Zinc, also helps reduce symptoms. It is also good to bath your pet 1 or 2 times a week to improve their skin condition. Before trying any methods of relief for your pet, be sure to talk to your veterinarian to see if the treatment is right for your pet.

September 14, 2011

Natural Dog Flea Control

Filed under: Fleas on Dogs — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 10:36 pm

Flea Infestation in DogsWhen your dog gets fleas the first thing to go through an owner’s mind is, “I have to nuke these fleas before it becomes worse and also nuke everything that my dog has been near.” We see fleas as pesky blood suckers that are incredibly hard to kill off. So with this mentality we often feel that buying those intense chemicals is the best way to go about destroying these little monsters. However, if you read the ingredients on the cover of those anti-flea medication you will come across some seriously scary things. If it says, “Keep away from children,” do you really want to give it to your dog? Many of us consider our dog to be our baby. With this said you owe it to your dog to use natural flea control.

Just because a product says natural doesn’t mean it is necessarily going to be safe for your dog. It is important to investigate the ingredients. For instance d’Limonene, some herbal flea collars, Pyrethrin (from a flower), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil and Pennyroyal oil are highly toxic to some dogs. What was mentioned are only a few of the many hazards in natural dog treatments. So make sure to do your research before you buy flea remedy for dogs.

Now let’s go over some of the best natural methods of eliminating fleas. A healthy diet is a fundamental place to begin for your dog. A healthy diet means eating the right organic foods. Having a balanced diet has an infinite amount of value. With regards to fleas, it is proven that having a strong immune system which comes from a healthy diet repel insects. Feeding your dog garlic and yeast render their blood revolting to fleas. Regular grooming is a must. Grooming will creates a rough environment for fleas to survive on. The constant attention involved with grooming also allows the owner to catch fleas in their first stage of infestation. Keep in mind if you succeed in getting rid of the fleas on your pet, the fleas may possibly still be around your house and yard. So clean your house and yard with safe and natural products. With any flea problem, make sure to consult your dog vet.

September 7, 2011

Puppy Skin Danger

Filed under: Dog Skin Problems — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 10:16 pm

Dog-Skin-DiseasePuppies like babies are quite vulnerable to certain infections because they are not fully developed. During this susceptible time puppies should be closely monitored. As a puppy owner you should know young dogs are prone to a dog skin disease known as Impetigo.

Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection; it is most common among pre-school children, but can affect dogs as well. Impetigo causes painless, fluid-filled blisters, and these pustules rupture easily causing a lot of pain for the puppy. Bullouse and epidemic are two stages of impetigo. Bullouse is the first stage which consists of white pimples. Epidemic is the second stage of yellow oozing from the pimples. Impetigo is highly contagious so make sure to isolate the puppy from other dogs until the disease has cleared up.

Impetigo is not a fatal skin disease. There have been some extremely rare cases when the disease has spread throughout the puppy. Impetigo will either clear up on its own once it has taken its natural course or be cleared up with treatment. As part of the treatment process, make sure your puppy is not chewing or licking at the pustules. This action is what causes the spread of the infections. To keep the puppy from doing this try using an e-collar.

Dog skin treatment of impetigo is fairly simple. Begin by applying hydrogen peroxide or benzoyl peroxide twice a day for three days. Doing this will keep the condition from spreading. There are even benzoyl peroxide shampoos that treat this condition. If the Impetigo is severe take your puppy to the vet. The vet may prescribe antibiotics to be administered either orally or topically. Doberman Pinschers, Bulldogs, Boxers, and Chinese Shar-Peis may experience impetigo even as adults, unlike other dogs who only experience impetigo as puppies.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.