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Bacterial Hypersensitivity in Pets

Posted Feb 18 2009 12:02pm

Bacterial hypersensitivity in pets is a very rare and uncommon skin condition, but it can attack either your dog or your cat. Both are equally at risk as this condition does not seem to be prejudice to either.

This condition is generally caused by a hypersensitivity (or in other words, an allergy), to certain types of bacteria.

While it is believed that this is caused by a pets immune system over reacting to Staphylococcus (or Staph bacteria on the skin), which will than result in the skin reacting in dramatic measures to the presence of Staph, it is caused by the pet scratching itself intensely.

Pets that have become affected with this condition will scratch themselves so hard and so intense, that they will develop hair loss, scale like skin, and even red sores on their skin.

What will first surface and appear to be only small individual sores, will than enlarge and join together.
Once they have joined together, this will than result in much larger area of the skin being exposed at thus at risk. These sores have been observed several times to actually look like a “bull’s eye” on a target.

They will have red outer areas and than a very dark center. The symptoms of this skin condition in your pet are very easy to spot.

The skin of your pet will become very red. There will be pustules (a small elevation in the skin that contains inflamed cells), and large vesicles that are filled with fluid development on the skin.

Pustules are basically small bumps on the skin that are filled with pus, and if the bumps develop into a larger forms, they than become abscesses. If these small bumps on the skin contain a clear fluid, they are referred to as vesicles.

This is critical to know for the sake of your pet as these conditions, than known as lesions, can become very painful and spread quite rapidly if not treated. The severe itching that your pet, especially a dog incurs to itself, may further damage the skin through even more rigorous scratching and even biting in some cases.

Atopy, which is an allergy to several types of inhaled pollens like cigarette smoke, pollen, and heavy dust mites, will most likely be the cause of your pets bacterial hypersensitivity.

This skin condition in pets will best be diagnosed by your veterinarian, using bacterial cultures and examinations of a biopsy sample, bacterial cultures and examinations of a biopsy sample; as well as intradermal allergy tests, which looks specifically for cellular immunity.

Treatment:

This skin condition is best treated by properly treating the underlying causes of this disease, or condition.

Hypothyroidism or flea dermatitis’s conditions can also be checked by a series of tests by your veterinarian, and some pets may need to be placed on antibiotics or immune stimulants on a long term basis to prevent the Staph infections from spreading and thus causing this condition.

Preventive measures are possible with this disease.

If an allergy is suspected as the cause of the bacterial hypersensitivity, as with other allergies, isolating the cause is something you can try do on your own.

Regular spraying, dipping or bathing your pet and looking for any type of flea that might be the cause of this allergy like condition, is something you also can easily do. There are several very good brands of sprays and dips in today’s markets to assist you in preventing this condition.

I am an avid lover of pets and my wife and I have had several pets throughout our years. We are especially fond of dogs, and we have a 12 year old Dalmatian (our 3rd) and a “mutt” that we rescued when someone threw him away to die in a vacant field.
He found us, nearly starved to death, and weighed about 2 pounds.
After severe bouts of mange and severe dehydration, and over 1,000.00 in veterinarian bills, we saved the little guys life, and he is one of the best, if not the best, dogs we have ever had and today is a muscular, fit, and firm 70 pound best friend.
After finishing my MBA, which at middle age was not easy, I decided to keep the research work ethics that I acquired, and devote about two hours each night in understanding the health benefits of supplementation for both humans and pets and how they might strengthen our, as well as our pets, immune system in a pre-emptive approach to health rather than a reactionary approach.
Both of my daughters are avid cat lovers, and asked me to help them with health concerns and challenges with their cats.
I am not a veterinarian nor claim to be, just a lover of pets that loves to research and pass on some knowledge that might be helpful, or at least stimulating to the thought process.
Several of the articles that I have written can be found on my website;
Liquid Vitamins & Minerals for Humans & Pets: http://www.liquid-vitamins-minerals-humans-pets.com/

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