Skin Problems can be the most frustrating thing that owners have to contend with. Many skin problems are pretty uncomplicated and have simple solutions – Wounds, cuts and abrasions are generally pretty straightforward. Skin Parasites like Mites or Fleas, can all make your pet pretty unhappy and give them a very irritated skin with scabs and sores. Often getting rid of the parasites is a large part of the problem, and we can give you some great advice on the best solutions. Some pets will also need some medication to settle the inflammation in the skin, or control secondary infections.
Unfortunately, some pets just have skin which seems to be reactive and sensitive to just about everything – plants, grasses, maybe even the food you are feeding. These pets need a thorough and “whole of health” approach to ensure any underlying causes are identified (like allergies) and any contributing medical problems are treated (such as hormonal problems). Good treatment for these pets often means doing some of the little and simple things well – using the right shampoo, and following this up with a skin moisturiser; and providing a diet which will help to soothe and settle the skin.
Some medications can also be helpful to settle skin inflammation, but these need to be used carefully. Cortisone is commonly over prescribed and this unfortunately carries significant health risks for your pet, and can also make your pet’s skin problems harder to resolve as it makes the skin thinner and shuts down the immune system. This makes skin infections and skin damage much more common, and actually adds to the scratching and itching.