Mycosis in dogs: it is among the most frequent pathologies, as it is a skin disease, which is the most statistically present among the ailments that make our 4-legged friends suffer. In addition to mycosis in dogs both dermatitis and mange are on the podium among skin disorders. The dog's skin is very delicate and can easily contract diseases, sometimes even serious: as soon as you notice the loss of hair in the dog, let's contact a veterinarian.
Mycosis in dogs: what it is
The mycosis in dogs, we can also call it dermatophytosis, it is one skin infestation of fungi which are located at the level of the hair bulb. It is very common in cats and there are cases of cat mycosis on humans, but less frequently: the case of the dog is placed in the middle in terms of frequency but every suspicion must not be neglected.
Although there are many degrees of severity for the mycosis in dogs, even the mildest should not be neglected because they can be the starting point for different but serious disorders. In short, the mycosis in dogs not a good sign.
There mycosis in dogs, as in other animals, it is linked to the presence of a fungus, it releases spores that contaminate the surrounding environment, passing from one subject to another for physical contact. But it does not need to be there, because these spores can reach the victim, us, dog or cat, even through objects. The clothes, the bedspread, the upholstery and what surrounds us and is in closest contact with the hair, attracts them, holds them back.
Mycosis in dogs: main symptoms
The first evidence of the mycosis in dogs is the presence of areas alopecics, that is, without hair. These areas of skin begin to itch a lot, they can also become scaly and spread over one or more parts of the body.
The evidence of fungal infection also consists in the appearance of skin lesions, for example, also due to the continuous scratching of the dog whose body begins to itch, "in patches". Just the compulsive rubbing with the paws, repeatedly licking in the same area: dogs only worsen the mycosis in dogs if left untreated. It is therefore necessary to notice and immediately take them to the vet.
Mycosis in dogs: treatment
To avoid the contagion of other animals and humans, in addition to the timely intervention of the veterinarian, it is also necessaryimmediate isolation of the suffering dog, in a clean and constantly disinfected place. As for the therapy for the mycosis in dogs it is a specific one antifungal treatment in ointment.
In less serious cases we stop here, otherwise we also associate therapies in pills. An alternative for the mycosis in dogs mild form is the same format treatmentspray to be applied on the affected areas. Each week you must continue with the cure, at least once, until you defeat the mycosis in dogs.
Mycosis in dogs: natural remedies
If we want to stay up natural remedies, or, even better, associate and support them with the treatments indicated by the veterinarian, here are some tips. An excellent remedy against mycosis in dogs is tea tree oil (Tea Tree Oil), has an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effect, just as we need it.
You can also associate thehypericum oil, or opt for the mother tincture of Propolis.Another possibility, always natural and always to fight the mycosis in dogs, is the extract of grapefruit seeds.
Taking into account that the mycosis in dogs are linked to, and often a sign of a general debilitation or stress situation, it is possible to resort to the administration of a vitamin complex containing taurine. You can complete "the potion" with linseed or sunflower oil in the baby food, rich in fatty acids useful for the well-being of the skin. Linseed oil is very useful for this type of use but also for the maintenance of the hair and our "human" hair. It is a panacea to keep at home.
Mycosis in dogs: precautions
In addition to medicines, in addition to natural remedies, there are also simple and handy measures that can help. Healing but above all chasing away the bad thought of a possible return of mycosis in dogs, terrible and no doubt very annoying. I have seen dogs suffer from it, in a not serious way, and even if you know it is not serious, you can see how much they suffer from it.
As soon as you realize you are in the presence of mycosis in dogs, must be isolated immediately and kept in a clean and constantly disinfected place. Then you can clip the hair, for example, especially if it is long, and then brush it carefully and gently so as not to further irritate the skin.
We have seen that the mycosis in dogs it is transmitted through spores that "flutter" everywhere so, once ascertained that the animal is sick, it is almost obligatory, and common sense, to proceed by cleaning and sanitizing carefully all objects and environments that have come into contact with the dog.
I don't want to do terrorism, and not even the anaffective mistress, but before it heals, it is better not to stroke our animal before being sure that it no longer has the mycosis in dogs. Especially the areas affected by fungal infection. No alarmism, no scipero of pampering, but careful gestures not to make things worse.
Other dermatological diseases
In addition to mycosis in dogs other widespread skin diseases are dermatitis and mange. There dermatitis it is due to infections by germs or viruses, the culprits are allergens usually inhaled by air by predisposed subjects, but then they are harmless for non-allergic dogs. The symptoms of dermatitis are severe itching and inflammation of the affected part. The veterinarian must be treated strictly. I can say that usually there is the combined administration of anti-inflammatories based on cortisone, antihistamines and antibiotics to reduce itching.
There mange it is instead caused by a parasite that is localized on the ears, tail or paws, certainly causing the dog a strong itch. The main symptoms of mange are the flaky skin, the presence of localized hairless areas, thickened skin and the presence of pustules, fever and asthenia. This only in the most serious cases. Either way, one is used to treat mange specific shampoo and a special treatment with sponging based on an insecticidal acaride combined with a targeted antibiotic therapy.
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