August 19, 2013

Natural Sunscreen for Dogs and Cats

Filed under: Cat Skin,Dog Skin Problems,Pet Health,Pet Safety Tips — Tags: , — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 9:27 pm

Dog with hat and glasses in the garden

No one likes a sunburn and that includes your pets. Solar dermatitis, aka: Sunburn, can affect all pets, but is more common in those who are light in color. Side effects of sunburn include mild redness and hair loss, while too much sun exposure may also lead to disease, like skin cancer.

If your pet experiences a sun burn I recommend using Vetisse Rashaid. Rashaid can help soothe the sunburn on your pet’s skin. Another option for a rash aid is to use Calendula topically.

Many people opt to buy sunscreen for their dogs and cats. Just keep in mind that Epi-Pet Sun Protector is the only FDA approved sunscreen for dogs. Even then, labels should be read properly so that you can be sure of what you are applying to your pet’s skin.  A natural sun screen you can use on dogs and cats is coconut oil; it just needs to be applied frequently to protect your pet.

 

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May 31, 2013

4 Best Ways to Get Rid of Cat Dandruff

Filed under: Cat Nutrition,Cat Skin,Cats,Dog Skin Problems — Tags: , — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 7:09 pm

how to get rid of cat dandruffJust as dandruff affects humans, it also affects cats. Cats develop dandruff for many reasons such as parasitic infections, sunburn, diabetes, dry climate, poor diet and lack of grooming habits.

It is a good idea to take your cat to the vet as soon as you notice dandruff on his coat, because the dandruff may be a sign of other more serious issues with your cat’s health. Nevertheless, there are some steps that you can take to either prevent or resolve your cat’s dandruff issue at home. Here are the 4 best ways to get rid of cat dandruff:

1. Buy a humidifier. Keeping the air moist in your home is one of the simplest ways to resolve a dandruff problem.

2. Change your cat’s diet. The food you are feeding to your feline friend could be the reason for the dandruff. Try changing to a wet food diet. It would also be wise to supplement the diet with Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which will aid the body in natural oil production, keeping the skin healthy. You should also monitor your cat’s water intake, because dandruff could be the result of dehydration.

3. Groom your cat. Grooming is especially important if your cat is overweight or a senior. Concentrate on areas of the body that your cat is unable to reach, like the tail. Brushing your cat’s fur helps to distribute the natural oils from his body over the skin. If you bathe your cat, use a gentle shampoo that will not irritate his skin or dry it out.

4. Use lotion. You can buy hypoallergenic lotion, just for cats. Lotion is especially useful when it includes colloidal oatmeal. Lotion can also be used if your cat experiences a sunburn.

 

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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.

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.