What are Lesions?
Pets are susceptible to a variety of skin problems which often emerge as lesions. A lesion can be almost any abnormality involving the skin and can range from a small sore to a large wound.
When the skin is irritated, the pet scratches, bites and chews at the infected site and becomes inflamed, quickly turning into a festering wound. The wet, raw skin is also a breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to further, more serious infections.
What Causes Lesions?
There are a number of causes that may bring about lesions and these include food and contact allergies as well as certain sensitivities to the environment such as frequent exposure to grass or water. Moisture on the skin and hot weather and humidity also causes hot spots which is very common amongst dogs with long hair and heavy undercoats.
Fleas, ear mites and ticks can also cause inflamed, festering lesions. Some lesions may occur as a result of dermatological, autoimmune or internal disorders such as bacterial infection, scabies, ringworm, lupus, liver disease or pancreatic tumor. Other causes such as excessive sunburn, a negative reactive to drugs and a build up of toxins may also contribute to lesions developing on your pet.
As soon as you notice a lesion or sore on your pet’s skin, consult your vet. Your vet will perform a thorough examination and clip the hair surrounding the skin lesion to cleanse and treat the area. Certain tests which involve examining the discharge, taking skin samples or scrapings and a biopsy may also be performed. Depending on the diagnosis, your vet may prescribe medicated shampoo, drying agents, oral antibiotics or topical medications to treat the lesion.
Help for Lesions
Natural and holistic treatments are becoming increasingly popular amongst pet owners as a gentler alternative to conventional medications. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are a safer, healthier and more natural way to treat skin disorders associated with itching, fur loss and infection.
A selection of herbal ingredients and tissue salts such as Equisetum arvense (Horsetail), Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion), Arthrospira platenis (Spirulina), Fucus vesiculosis and Kalium sulphate (Kali. Sulph.) support shine and systemic health in the skin and coat, ensuring that your pet looks healthy.
More Information on Lesions
There are several preventative measures that you can take to
ensure that your pet does not develop lesions and these include:
- Feed your pet a high quality, natural diet without preservatives, colorants and additives
- Make sure that your pet has access to plenty of water to drink as this also helps to flush unwanted from his system
- Keep fleas, ear mites and ticks under control by using parasite control treatments regularly on your pet
- Wash your pet regularly with a natural, herbal shampoo such as tea tree oil shampoo to avoid further irritation
- Manage allergies
- Keep your pet well groomed and have hair clipped short to prevent hot spots
- Ensure that your pet’s nails are clipped short or put socks on his hind feet to prevent him from scratching
- Do not allow your dog to go swimming if he has an open lesion or sore as this increases the risk for infection
- Include nutritional supplements as part of your pet’s diet to boost his immune system