Pet owners often learn about pet skin care only after a skin problem arises. While skin problems can be troubling, the good news is that they can often be treated or prevented. Unfortunately there are some animals that experience chronic skin problems, but even in those cases there are often ways to help improve their situation. Typically dogs experience more skin problems than cats. Yet cats donít completely escape skin problems either. However, cat skin problems can sometimes indicate a more serious health problem. Since cats typically are exceptional self groomers, they prevent many potential skin problems all on their own. If a cat stops grooming seek medical attention as this may be a sign of a bigger problem. Also, for both dogs and cats if there is significant discomfort or hair loss a veterinarianís attention is needed. Cats and dogs can both suffer from common skin conditions. Allergies are one source of skin problems in cats and dogs. Diet can be a factor in a petís skin condition. Also fleas, tick and other insects can cause skin irritations as well as other health problems. Finally, localized skin conditions can occur, yet are much more common in dogs than cats, and are referred to as hot spots. Check out our Itch Care Section for descriptions and treatments for common skin conditions.
There are steps that can help maintain healthy skin and prevent potential
problems. The first is a quality diet that includes omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
These are important nutrients that not only help maintain a healthy skin and
coat, but they are important in a petís overall health. There are a number of supplements available for pets to help make up for this potential deficiency. Another aspect of skin care is dealing with pet allergies. It can be difficult to pinpoint the source of an allergy, as allergies can stem from food, pollen, cleaners, as well as a variety of other sources. Using natural care products and being aware of caustic products such as carpet cleaners or lawn treatments that a pet may come in contact can sometimes relieve skin problems. Also a quality natural diet can also be helpful. Unfortunately, allergies can be very tricky particularly if a pet has multiple allergies. Consulting ones vet can often help in pinpointing an allergy. For severe allergies vets can prescribe medicines that may help relieve the itching.
Preventing fleas and ticks is another step in good skin care. Many pets are actually allergic to fleas and ticks, which compounds an already annoying problem. If a pet is infested with fleas or ticks seek medical attention as this may be a sign of a serious health problem. Finally good grooming and an alertness of potential problems can keep some skin problems from occurring or progressing. For dogs hot spots are often caused by moisture trapped next to the skin. Good grooming can sometimes prevent this problem. However, some dogs are simply more susceptible to hot spots than others. A routine check of a petís skin can help as potential problems can be treated early preventing a more serious problem from occurring.
Allergy Care Section
Itch Care Section
Hot Spot Section