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Does your dog have dry, flaky skin? If so, that’s a clear sign that he just might be suffering from Eczema. While it’s fairly easy to treat Eczema and provide your dog with some relief, finding the root cause of Eczema is not quite so simple. Why? There are many causes for Eczema and ordinarily there is an underlying issue at hand that is manifesting itself as Eczema.
So, what exactly is Eczema?
Eczema is an inflammation of the outer layers of your dog’s skin. Simply put, Eczema is a symptom of an underlying cause. Eczema can cause your dog to be really itchy which may prompt him to chew, scratch, lick and/or rub his skin. This will often only serve to worsen the issue at hand so it’s important to get to work at finding the underlying issue. Eczema can also be exacerbated by seasonal influences such as hot, dry or humid air.
Additional symptoms of Eczema
- Bad odor on the skin
- Scaly skin
- Matted undercoat
- Change in skin pigmentations (usually darkened)
- Red bumps
- Hot Spots
- Hair Loss
What causes Eczema?
- This is where things get tricky. There are so many causes of Eczema. This makes diagnosis so hard as it’s often a trial and error of tests and treatments.
- Systemic Illnesses
- Insect Bites
- External Parasites such as Fleas, Lice, Ticks, Mites
- Poor/low quality Diet
- Extreme Weather
- Contact with or ingestion of irritants such as chemicals, dust, plants, pollen
- Psychological Problems such as depression, anxiety, boredom or frustration
Conventional Medicine is often the first line of defense against Eczema. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids are often prescribed to suppress the symptoms associated with this condition. Additionally, antibiotics are used to treat secondary infections. These methods are great for short term treatment but do not address the underlying cause of Eczema. If the root cause of the Eczema is not sought out, the condition will only resurface more aggressively later on. Many pet parents are now using topical herbal and internal remedies to alleviate the symptoms of Eczema. Burdock root, cleavers, Echinacea and licorice root are just a few of such herbs. These herbs serve to strengthen the overall immune system of your dog while providing relief to the symptoms of Eczema.
Remember, Eczema is a mere symptom of an underlying issue. Please work closely with your veterinarian, holistic or otherwise, to determine the root cause of your dog’s symptoms. It will take some patience and persistence but don’t give up.
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