PetMeds® Rashes on Dog’s or Cat’s Skin
|The appearance of a skin rash or skin eruptions are a common presentation in dogs and cats. Potential causes of rashes in dogs and cats may include:
– Hormonal conditions (i.e hypothyroidism)
Self trauma can lead to secondary bacterial and/or yeast overgrowth on the skin exacerbating the skin lesions. For pets with chronic skin rashes it is important to have a thorough veterinary exam, including skin scraping, so that a proper diagnosis is achieved and a long term treatment plan implemented.
Since allergies are often the most common causes of skin rashes, pet owners can certainly try antihistamines such as Diphenhydramine or Chlorphenirimine. Adding fatty acids to meals such as Be Well for Cats (or Dogs) and Missing Link can also help reduce allergic inflammation when used long term. Bathing your pet with a moisturizing shampoo such as 1-800-PetMeds Aloe Vera and Oatmeal Shampoo can help reduce allergen load, as well as lessen the degree of skin inflammation.
If your pet has had skin rashes, what have you found to help? Share your suggestions or experiences in the comments.