Skin care for dogs and cats
Injuries – if the skin is not intact
Dogs and cats naturally love to play, fight, and run – this often results in the animals hurting themselves. Skin wounds are part of everyday life for our animals just as for us humans: grazes on our dogs from boisterous frolicking with other dogs, scrapes from branches and thorns on a walk through thickly wooded areas or cuts from broken glass. Torn footpads or bedsores can also become a bigger problem. Burns are especially painful such as when soft little paws cannot resist running across hot stovetops.
Of course, the body itself takes care of healing the injured skin. However, we can help the animal to get through the healing process better, faster and, above all, without any complications.
Skin infections – when wounds do not heal
Fresh, bleeding wounds are always a big shock for us animal owners at first. If the wound is only superficial, as many grazes are, then our worries are generally unfounded – because these wounds often look worse than they actually are.
By contrast, it is often the smallest wounds that have the worst potential, such as with thorn pricks or bites from ticks and fleas: they can get infected, expand to larger areas of skin, and leave behind wounds that resist healing and become chronically persistent.
If the animal licks itchy spots too much, a small wound can overnight become a large, puss-filled skin infection known as a “pyoderma” or, more commonly, as a “hotspot”. This often affects dogs with thick furs and undercoats in which the skin does not dry easily and is unable to breathe.
To prevent skin infections, all wounds – big or small – should be disinfected and cared for without delay.
Our tip:Injuries – big and small – and skin infections are often difficult to see under the fur. So it is important to check your animal’s fur regularly. You can recognise the start of an infection by redness, swelling or exuding wounds.
If in doubt, consult a veterinarian to exclude the possibility of serious infections and severe injuries.
One thing is sure:For the best treatment of your animal’s wounds, you should always have a good wound ointment – like SinCare healing balm – ready to hand from your pets medicine cabinet.