A pet’s coat is their finest outfit, and their skin is the foundation that holds it all together. Keeping them looking and feeling fabulous is a must, not only for the insta but primarily their health and wellbeing. If you had to wear the same pants and shirt every day, you’d probably want to look after them. So to maintain their stylish (and functional) appearance, it’s essential to groom them regularly, choose a balanced diet, and provide parasite prevention. Besides looking good, a healthy coat and skin also serve as a protective barrier against infections and environmental elements. So, roll out the red carpet and give your pets the superstar treatment they deserve.
Common Coat and Skin Ailments:
Fleas: Like a bunch of unwashed and uninvited guests at a party on your pet’s skin,
fleas are external parasites that feed on your pet’s blood, causing itchiness and irritation. As your pet scratches and bites to relieve the itch, they may damage their skin, leading to inflammation and secondary infections. Not to mention they will make a b-line for you too. To evict these unwanted party crashers, use flea preventatives regularly, and keep your pet’s living environment clean and free of potential hiding spots for flea eggs and larvae.
Dermatitis: Dermatitis is a general term for skin inflammation, often caused by allergies, infections, or irritants. Think of it like a red, itchy Christmas sweater your nan bought you and you can’t take it off. That’s dermatitis. Dermatitis makes your pet’s skin irritated and inflamed, which isn’t fashionable at all! When the skin’s protective barrier is compromised, it becomes susceptible to inflammation and infection. To soothe your pet’s itchy “sweater,” your vet will help identify and eliminate the underlying cause, and provide appropriate treatment, such as medicated shampoos, creams, or oral medications.
Mange: mange is a skin condition caused by microscopic mites that burrow into the skin, leading to hair loss, redness, and intense itching. Tiny critters, called mites, move into your pet’s fur like microscopic squatters, causing hair loss and itchiness. Which is hardly runway material. There are two main types of mange: sarcoptic mange (also known as scabies) and demodectic mange or demodex. Each type is caused by a different mite and requires specific treatment. Mites are also a sign that your pup may have another underlying immune condition. To evict these unwelcome tenants, consult your veterinarian for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, such as medicated baths, creams, or oral medications.