1. Condition Diagnosis
[pets_name] has been diagnosed with Superficial pyoderma
2. Understanding skin disease
The path to a diagnosis
When cats itch there are a long list of reasons why that can happen. The most common causes are parasites (fleas and mites), skin infections, and allergies. Pets can be allergic to either flea bites, certain foods, environmental allergens, or a combination of all three. Since the skin only has so many different ways it can react, most of the time these diseases can look similar and only after a process of elimination can we get to an ultimate diagnosis of what is truly causing your pet to itch.
This is why we are so excited you are here.
The Dutch Relief Plan is designed to not only provide immediate relief where needed, we will also begin the journey to get to the root cause of your pet’s problem with the goal of providing lasting relief.
The journey begins with treating any underlying skin infection, if present, and controlling the incessant urge to itch. We then determine if the cause of itch is due to an underlying allergy by process of elimination. We must rule out a flea allergy, followed by a food allergy, and if the itch is not resolving we are left with the diagnosis of an environmental allergy. This process can take several months to complete and it is important that during this time we keep your pet happy and itch free while we do the work needed to create lasting change. For more information to better understand allergies and your pet, read below. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
Superficial pyoderma (skin infection)
Common signs of skin infection include hot spots, crusts, hair loss (alopecia), red or thickened skin, discoloration of hair, and/or odor. These areas will often be itchy for the pet and a focus of their licking, chewing, and scratching. Superficial skin infections, or superficial pyoderma, are secondary to underlying primary causes. Most common primary causes are allergies. Most skin infections are often caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.
This type of bacteria is found on dog and cat skin in low numbers but will proliferate and trigger active infections when these pets are experiencing an allergy flare. This type of bacteria is not considered contagious. The pet did not pick up this infection from outside and it is very unlikely to pass it to other pets in the household, or to humans. In most cases this can be resolved through topical antibacterial therapies and, when warranted, systemic antibiotics.
3.Medical Treatment Plan