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Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

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Old September 26th 08, 09:50 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.misc
ashley ross
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Default Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

The skin is a body's largest organ. It acts as a barrier against
harmful invasions from the environment. It also is one of the methods
by which the body eliminates toxins.
Skin problems are probably the most common ailments seen in dogs.
Usually they are not a disease in themselves, but a symptom of another
underlying problem.
The most common reason for skin problems in both dogs and cats is an
allergy. Foods, pollens, dust or medications may cause signs of
allergy. Problems can also show up due to dietary deficiency or poor
diet in general. Symptoms include such as itching, redness, and poor
coat quality.
If no other reason for the problem can be found, it is time to look
for food allergies. Simply by changing the dog or cats diet to a
higher quality food will often make a difference. Often simply adding
raw meat to the diet is enough to see an improvement.
If the problem persists, or the pet is already on a healthy diet, then
you must look at the specific ingredients in the food. Beef, chicken,
corn and soy are the most common allergens, but cats and dogs, like
people, can be allergic to anything. Try eliminating the above four
things first, if that doesn't work a more drastic "elimination diet"
may be necessary. This usually takes at least 6-8 weeks to get a good


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