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Can pets have skin conditions?
Before we look at how to treat your pets skin conditions with CBD, there are a few things to take into account first. The skin is the largest organ in the body, but is often overlooked by pet owners. Pet owners are more likely to worry about possible heart, lung, or kidney diseases than skin conditions. However, dogs, cats and other pets (and their owners!) can have a significant decrease in their quality of life if they are dealing with skin problems.
The skin is the largest organ in the body
Some common skin conditions that you may encounter are:
- Allergic dermatitis: Allergies are a problem for animals, too. Pets can have allergies to foods, pollens, molds, and house dusts, just like humans. Allergic dermatitis can cause an itchy rash, redness of the skin, or even ear and skin infections.
- Ringworm: Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes hair loss, scaling, and inflamed skin. Since ringworm is contagious, it should be treated right away. Ringworm is contagious to humans, so avoid touching areas you think could be affected, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling a pet that might be infected.
- Yeast infection: Another cause of itchy, inflamed skin, yeast often affects the ears, paws, and folds. Fortunately, yeast infections are not contagious.
- Hot spots: Hot spots are caused by excessive licking, biting, or scratching one part of their body – generally due to an underlying condition. These spots, most often found on dogs, can go from the size of a quarter to the size of a grapefruit in hours and are red and swollen. Hot spots may ooze pus or a watery discharge. Hot spots can have a foul odor as well. Hair in the affected area may also fall out (or be chewed out).
- Lick granuloma: Much like a hot spot, lick granulomas are chronic self-inflicted sores caused by excessively licking an area of skin Lick granulomas can cause redness, hair loss, and often deep infections. This condition is sometimes anxiety-related and can be the result of separation anxiety, boredom, lack of socialization, and stress. Frequently it is related to allergies, but can also be a result of parasites, tumors, or other causes.
- Flea allergies: Parasites like fleas and ticks are an annoyance, but in some pets can cause allergic reactions. If your pet is allergic to flea saliva, the skin where flea bites occur can become irritated, red, and itchy. Additionally, the fur in the affected area can fall out or become discolored, brittle, and dry.
- Mange: There are two different kinds of mange in dogs: sarcoptic and demodectic. Both are caused by an overabundance of mites on or in the skin. Sarcoptic Mange: This type of mange is also known as scabies. Sarcoptic mange is very itchy and highly contagious to both pets and humans. However, it doesn’t typically live long on human hosts.
Demodectic Mange: Demodectic mange in dogs is not contagious; one form in cats can be contagious. This mite causes air loss, redness, and other signs.
What is the best way to prevent skin conditions for our pets?
Like with everything in life, it is always better to be safe than sorry. And thats why it is always best to prevent any kind of health issues if possible rather than treating your pets skin conditions with CBD or anything else for that matter. However, to better prevent any skin conditions for your furry friends, first let´s look at a few things that can cause them:
- Climate. Summer heat or dry indoor air in winter can cause dry, itchy skin, while high humidity can trap sweat and dirt near your pets skin, increasing the risk of bacterial infections.
- Allergies. Just like humans, pets can have allergic reactions. Common culprits of skin allergies include pollen, dander, dust, insect bites, mold, specific foods and even chemicals in shampoos or other products.
- Infections. Infections caused by parasites, bacteria, fungus or a virus can cause pet skin issues.
- Genetics, disease. Some dogs and cats are born with sensitive skin or a predisposition for skin conditions. In addition, some diseases — such as certain cancers and the adrenal disorder called Cushing’s — may lead to skin problems in dogs and cats.
Whether you’re looking to head off trouble from the start or stop a skin issue from recurring, these preventive steps can help by removing dirt and irritants, and improving the health of your pal’s skin and coat:
- Brush and wash your pet regularly
- Wipe off your pet’s paws after time outside
- Follow pet parasite and insect prevention measures
- Feed your pet with a high-quality diet
Your pet’s routine exams are a great time to talk with your veterinarian about pet skin condition prevention strategies. And, if your pet does show symptoms of a skin disorder, your veterinarian can identify the cause and work with you to develop a treatment plan that will put your pal back on track to healthy skin as soon as possible.
How can CBD help when my pet does get a skin condition?
How to treat your pets skin conditions with CBD is a good question indeed. As you may know by now, CBD has become quite popular in recent years thanks its ability to help with so many different health issues. Most people use it to help with sleep problems, inflammation, skin issues, stress and anxiey. However, how does it work for our fury friends skin conditions?
Dogs and Their Endocannabinoid System
Your pets endocannabinoid system is about 10x better than ours
Firstly you need to know that pets, just like us humans, also have an endocannabinoid system. In fact, your pets endocannabinoid system is about 10x better than ours, which means that a lot less CBD is needed.
Secondly, there are two methods of tratment for skin conditions for your pets.
- CBD Oil: The oil is the better option for long term bennefits as it will work on the inside of your furry friend, alowing its cells to regenerate accordingly while at the same time re-enforcing its whole immune system and giving them an abundant ammount of nutrients and escencial fatty acids like omega 3-6.
- CBD Creams: Creams are mainly for reducing the inflamation, redness and uncomfortableness in the surronding area. As the cream is applied directly to the afected area it works quicker to reduce all of the symptoms of the condition.
Making the right choice
For the best results possible, the best thing to do would be to use both the CBD oil and cream. As mentioned previously, the oil will help to repair any damage caused on the inside by re-generating healthy cells and protecting existent ones. Then the cream will help to tackel the problem from the outside by applying it to the afected area to reduce any redness and inflammation in the surrounding area.
A healthy pet is a happy pet.
As we can see, there are plenty of skin conditions out there that can affect the lives of our furry little friends, and allthough CBD has all the potencial to help treat them, it is still very important to consult with your vet before taking treatment into your own hands. That being said, CBD is a great way to treat your pets in a healthy and narural way, so talk with your vet and start naturaly healing your pets skin conditions with CBD today.