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Bright And Shiny- Coat & Smiles: A Quick Faq Guide On Skin, Skin-Related Problems & Treatment.

Fur here fur there,

Fur flying everywhere,

My pet is itchy and shedding too,

Is it the season or infection blues?

Our pets are often adored for their lustrous coat and healthy skin. Skin is the largest organ and has quite a lot to say. Any ailment or deflection from the norm within the body is directly reflected outside, i.e., on the skin. For instance, in the case of certain ongoing infections in the body, there is fluid loss leading to dehydration. This dehydration can be reflected on the skin, and your veterinarian can subsequently assess the root cause and treat your pet effectively.

Similarly, any deficiencies in minerals or vitamins too can be reflected in the quality of fur. Brittle fur, hair shedding, loss of luster, rough and dry coat, etc., are certain examples of infections/deficiency diseases being reflected directly on the coat and skin. Therefore, it is safe to say that- ‘the body speaks. We need to have open eyes for hearing.’ Is your pet constantly irritated and itches violently? Are there any signs of infections on the skin? Fur loss?

If you have certain such questions, worry not. This FAQ guide has got you covered. Read on to learn more about skin and associated problems that may arise. Through this mini-FAQ guide, let us discover the causes, effects, and treatment of this vicious cycle of skin irritation and derangements.

The Fur Factor:

We, humans, have hair on our bodies, and these hairs have quite a number of purposes to serve. It is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis [skin]. The major function of hair is to protect the skin[body] from the outside environment as well as serve as an insulating agent. In comparison, we humans have evolved in such a way that we wear clothing to protect and keep ourselves warm. Our pets, on the other hand, have fur instead of hair to serve the same function.

Fur is a variety of thick increase of hair that covers the skin. A different breed of dog has different fur. In fact, the fur type and form of fur depends upon the environment which that breed of dog faces. For example- Indie breed dogs [Mudhol Hound, Rajapalliyam, etc.] have a rather thin fur coat as India is a tropical country and is predominantly hot and humid. On The flip side, Alaskan Malamutes or Huskies, which are native to northern regions of the globe, tend to have thick coats of fur as the atmosphere in Alaska [northern regions] is supremely cold, and thus these dogs require a good amount of insulation and protection against adverse climatic conditions.

Here Are Few Dog Breeds And Their Fur Type:

As mentioned above, the environment plays an important role in moulding the type of fur your furry friend might have. And thus, according to breeds, fur pattern changes. Here are some of the most frequent breeds determined in India and their fur/coat type.

1. Short Fur/Coated Dogs:

These dogs have very short fur coats.

      • Some of the Indie Breeds such the as-Mudhol Hound, Rajapalliyam [Indian Sighthound], Chippiparai, Kanni, Indian Pariah Dogs, and Rampur Greyhound.
      • Foreign Breed dogs such as Chihuahuas, Boston terriers, Dalmatians, French bulldogs, Greyhound, Mastiffs, Boxers, Pugs, Great Danes, Dachshunds, and Beagles.

2. Medium-Coated Dogs:

These dogs have comparatively more fur coats. Breeds such as Corgi, Shepherd dogs, Border collies, Indian Spitz dogs, Cocker Spaniels, Pomeranians, etc.

3. Long-Fur Dogs:

They have a long fur coat and a thicker fur coat.

    • Indie breeds such as Bakharwal Dog [native to Jammu Kashmir Ladakh Union Territories], Gaddi Kutta [GaddiWatchdog] native to northern India, Himalayan Sheepdog, Tibetian Mastiff, Kumaon Mastiff [As these dogs reside in Himalayan areas in the northern part of India, they tend to have a thick coat, long fur to protect them against the chilly atmosphere of Himalayan Areas.]
    • Foreign breed dogs such as –German Shepherd, Siberian husky, Alaskan Malamutes, English Setters, and Lhasa Apso.

The Fur Factor & Problems

While fur is an excellent insulator and protects the body from all odds, it is also an indicator of your dog’s health status. While it does add to the beauty of a dog, it is a good reflective mirror that can give you an idea of an underlying issue. All dogs are beautiful and loving creatures, but due to certain skin conditions and disease processes, your pet might experience fur loss, rough coat, dull colour, loss of luster, etc. At the same time, there are many biological conditions that are at play apart from infectious reasons. Right from nutritional imbalances to hormonal harmony to seasonal shedding changes, let us have a quick look at what exact mechanism works behind keeping our dogs’ fur shiny, healthy, and happy.

Fur: A Mirror Reflection Of Ailments

WHAT HAPPENS HERE?

  1. You may observe your dog is itchy and scratching their bodies against some rough
    1. surface
    2. You may observe fleas and ticks [Fleas are a well-known cause of allergic dermatitis]
    3. Loss of fur is evident
    4. You may observe more shedding of fur than usual
    5. The hair coat is rough to touch
    6. The colour of the fur is dull and has lost its luster
    7. You may observe a pattern of fur loss [ for example, only on a tail region or eye region]

 1. NON-INFECTIOUS CAUSES

Generally, allergens cause a short-term cough, and even some mild respiratory infections last for a few days. Prolonged coughing needs to be diagnosed thoroughly, as the causative factor could be the heart itself. Thus, proper medical help should be sought out at the earliest to rule out or rule in cardiac complications and cardiac diseases.

Infectious Causes

I. NUTRITION & SKIN:

When there are nutritional imbalances, this problem of fur-skin-related issues can arise. Food that has relatively less amount of protein, poor quality of fats, proteins, and less amount of essential fatty acids can predispose your pet to various skin ailments. Zinc, particularly, is very important in maintaining skin-coat health. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are obtained from fish, are also important in maintaining skin health.

II. HORMONE HARMONY

Rough hair coat, old age, patchy loss of fur [symmetrical manner], and rat-tail appearance of the tail are clear indicators of thyroid hormone-related issues. Your veterinarian might suggest thyroid testing, given the age, skin issues, and other concurrent signs observed. While everyone inevitably has to develop old, pores and skin ailments would possibly come into the photo reflective of underlying systemic diseases. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for arriving at a good destination of health.

III. SEASONAL SHEDDING

While most dogs shed their fur at least once or twice a year, there is nothing to worry about in case you observe more fur loss than before during shedding season. Occasional shedding occurs when fur becomes damaged, and thus: ‘to allow new fur to grow, the old one has to go!’ Shedding does occur when new fur has to grow. Shedding also depends upon the season, health status, and age stage of life; shedding most frequently occurs during or before the summer season since the atmosphere is extremely hot, whereas even during June-July, there might be increased shedding in response to hot + humid atmosphere. This is a totally natural and normal phenomenon observed in dogs and cats, and thereby you need not worry about the same. However, if you observe any other concurrent health conditions and skin infections, you might need to give your vet a visit to ensure safety, as ‘Prevention is always better than cure.’ Skin infections and issues should not be taken lightly as they might be secondary to some other health issue.

IV. ALLERGIC TWIST

Many types of human foods are forbidden in the dog-cat kingdom, and some people might unknowingly offer these foodstuffs to them, which again does more bad than good. Sweet biscuits or cookies are strictly forbidden and must not be given as they have high sugar content. On the different hand, Indian flatbread, which is made from wheat flour or wheat rotis, should now not be given to puppies as it might also reason gluten hypersensitivity in pets and again aggravate the fur-loss conditions. Your pet might be allergic to many types of feedstuffs, and thus, consult your nearest vet and ask them beforehand which type of feedstuff is OK and which ones are strictly contraindicated.

The Clues And The Puzzle: Diagnosing And Treating Skin Infections

While skin infections are one of the most tedious kinds of infections to cure, apt diagnosis helps in treating the root cause of infection effectively. Here are a couple of steps your veterinarian will take to help your pet out-

1. Skin Scraping tests: through this test, mange-associated mites can be observed under the microscope. Apart from skin scraping tests for mites, using certain dyes can help diagnose fungal or bacterial agents.
History taking:

2. History taking plays an important role in figuring out the root cause of any disease. This also helps in understanding the allergic causes of coat-fur-related problems, if any.

3. Deworming schedule: routine deworming is extremely important to prevent any secondary infections/coat-related problems, etc.

Fleas/Ticks control: fleas and ticks are extremely vicious. They not only affect the external fur coat and skin but also store infectious agents such as tapeworms/tick-fever-associated agents like Babesia/Anaplasma, etc.

Treatment protocol involves a holistic approach. The treatment regime consists of oral medications for allergic itchings, such as anti-histaminic tablets, antibiotics, and the use of certain selenium-zinc supplements. Apart from oral medications, the use of oils, and medicated shampoos, those tailored specifically to certain conditions are prescribed. Homeopathic remedy – Dermisule plays an important role in curing skin infections and associated signs/symptoms. Coupled with Me & My SKIN & COAT Pet Supplement helps heal the skin and hasten the recovery.
While there are many reasons behind hair fall, dry skin, itchy and scaly skin, and rough hair coat, these conditions could be reversed by adopting good sanitation and nutritional practices. My Skin and Coat pet supplement, along with Dermisule, helps in maintaining the quality of fur, regaining and protecting natural skin, and coating after injuries, cracks, scaly eruptions, or any acute skin lesion in pets.

“Helping heal pets, at the earliest.”

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