Pyoderma in Dogs
We don’t know about you, but for us, we like to imagine a world where dogs live forever and ever. Canines are one of those creatures that you can’t get enough of, and all dogs add value to the lives of the people around them. We can’t imagine a lifetime where dogs did not exist, and when dogs become ill, it crushes us. Talk about a heartbreaking experience. It can feel unbearable to watch your puppy pal experience illnesses and irritation, especially because you can’t take it away for them. You just have to help them through it.
As much as we wish dogs could break out of the natural circle of life and never feel pain, the truth of the matter is that dogs run into bumps down the road. They can have health concerns of their own, and as saddening as it can be, we have found that the best way to deal with sickness for dogs is to be proactive. When you act on symptoms right away, the chances of saving your dog and improving his or her overall well being skyrockets.
One of the most common ailments that many dogs run into is something called pyoderma. This is yet another instance in which seeking medical attention and caring for your dog’s symptoms can be the deciding factor in whether or not your dog heals from the illness. We keep driving home the importance of taking action, but what do you do if you’re not sure what to look out for? Hoping for the best will only take you so far, and we recognize that, so we’ve compiled a blog post that talks about everything there is to know regarding pyoderma.
We will discuss its origin and the various types of pyoderma that dogs contract. From there, we will mention the causes of pyoderma in dogs and how the symptoms of this illness differ from other diseases with very similar warning signs. We’ll touch on a puppy pyoderma home treatment and a dog staph infection home remedy. From prescription medications to natural treatment options, pyoderma is not the end-all be-all of your canine companion! The more you know, the more prepared you can be if pyoderma ever enters your pup’s life. Now, let’s get started!
What in the World is Pyoderma?
Pyoderma is a type of skin infection in dogs that results from the buildup of a certain kind of bacteria. When young puppy dogs develop pyoderma, it is often called impetigo, though they are the same type of infection -- just at a different life stage. The bacteria responsible for pyoderma is called Staphylococcus intermedius, or S. intermedius.
In and of itself, S. intermedius is not actually bad for your dog. In fact, the truth is quite the opposite. This bacteria is a naturally-occuring form of bacteria found in the fur of dogs. The bacteria that causes pyoderma is so specific to dogs that, if a human contracts an infection caused by S. intermedius, it is automatically assumed that said person has had recent contact with a dog.
So you might be wondering how your dog can carry Staphylococcus intermedius around with him or her and not immediately become infected by the bacteria. That’s a reasonable thing to ponder. There is one circumstance that always precedes the actual infection: a decrease in the functioning of your dog’s immune system. See, the immune system works tirelessly to fight off disease and prevent infections from occurring in the first place.
However, when the immune system is not functioning at its best, infections make a home out of your pup. Without a defense to fight against all the illnesses that are trying to attack your dog, your little fluffy friend is more likely to become ill and have to deal with the consequences of a weakened immune system.
Many things can cause the immune system of dogs to weaken, including…
Immune Deficiency Disorders
- The presence of cancerous cells and tumors
- A deficiency of IgA antibodies, which actively strengthen the immune system
- Granulocyte Apathy Syndrome, which is only common in the Irish Setters breed
- Decrease of blood from bone marrow in the Gray Collies breed
Predispositions Due to Genetics
- Chronic arthritis, causing weakness to spread all throughout the body
- Anemia, which is a condition where red blood cell counts are lower than usual
- Lupus, which compromises the immune system to an intense degree
- Inflammation of the nose, resulting in something called rhinitis
- Bronchitis, which is caused by irritation in the throat
- Excessive growth of mites within hair follicles
- Pneumonia, which tends to happen when colds worsen
- Flea infestations in their coats
- Dermatitis, or any other skin reactions and conditions
Are There Different Variations of Pyoderma for Dogs?
Pyoderma is a multi-tier type of infection. There are three different forms of pyoderma in dogs, ranging from minor pyoderma to a more severe version of the infection. Essentially, each level represents a different seriousness in terms of how deep the pyoderma is in the skin of your dog.
This is the most easily treated form of pyoderma because it has not embedded itself in any hard-to-reach places yet. The bacteria has definitely made itself known but has yet to actually break the epidermis of your dog's coat, meaning it has not gone beyond the surface. At this point, the bacteria is bothering the external skin cells of your dog and causing irritation. The red parts of your dog's coat are signifying the fact that something unwanted and unwelcome is trying to make its way beneath the skin cells, so your dog's body is trying its very best to prevent this from happening.
Refers to the next level of pyoderma in dogs. You can tell that surface pyoderma has graduated to superficial pyoderma because this is when dogs begin to lose hair. The bacteria enters the epidermis through the very miniscule openings of hair follicles. Hair begins to fall out as a result of these bumpy sores.
Is as internal as pyoderma can be. When pyoderma reaches the point where it becomes deep-rooted, the bacteria responsible for the pyoderma has inserted itself beneath the top layer of your dog’s skin. The bacteria has fully infected the hair follicles of your dog's coat, and not only does hair continue to fall out, but it also leaves bald patches on your doggy's body.
Pyoderma in Dogs: Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For
When diseases and ailments are restricted to internal organs, it can be hard to decipher what exactly is going on with your dog. This is completely understandable, too. While the signs and symptoms are there, many illnesses share the same warning signs. It gets tricky and confusing when situations are related to the inner workings of your canine. However, it is fairly easy to tell that your dog has pyoderma considering the external nature of this bacterial infection.
Pyoderma looks very concerning visually, but it is far worse than it appears. The infection is defined by little bumps on your dog's skin. In a way, these little raised parts of the skin look like something between a pimple and a blister. They cause the surrounding areas of your dog's coat to turn a light shade of reddish pink.
Since pyoderma presents itself as outwardly elevated lumps on your dog’s body, you are more likely to see them or feel them when petting your pup. Aside from the physical evidence of the presence of pyoderma, the bacterial infection also causes many other symptoms for your doggo.
Here is a list of things you are likely to see if your dog has pyoderma:
- Redness and irritated patches of skin under your dog’s fur
- Loss of hair in areas that appear irritated
- An odd smell coming from your pupper
- Change in behavior, like an increase in aggression
- Liquid excreting from surface of your pup’s coat
- Excessive scratching, licking, or biting
What to Do If You Don't Want to Give Your Dog Prescription Pain Medication for Pyoderma
Pyoderma is more annoying and uncomfortable than it is painful. However, some veterinarians might recommend that you administer pain medication to your canine on top of the prescribed antibiotics. We highly recommend that you do go through with the antibiotics, particularly because this is the only way to fully treat bacterial infections, but when it comes to additional pain medicines, we are not necessarily on board with additional lab-made prescriptions for your pup.
If you are not comfortable giving heavy-duty prescriptions to your dog as a way of soothing his or her symptoms of pyoderma, we don’t blame you. When you take your dog to the vet, both a antibiotic sensitivity test and a skin culture will be taken as a measure of determining which antibiotic is best for your little buddy. From there, the vet might suggest that you purchase topical ointments that contain drying agents like benzoyl peroxide. At this point, you can start to listen to your gut and determine whether you want to go the route of traditional medicine, or if a more nature and holistic route is better for your pupper.
CBD Oil for Dogs: What is CBD and How Does it Work for Dogs?
If you are leaning toward an alternative method of handling pyoderma in dogs, we have all the information you need right here about CBD oil for pyoderma. Cannabidiol -- or CBD for short -- is a compound derived from cannabis and hemp plants alike. Essentially, CBD can be used as a soothing agent in instances where there are high levels of pain and discomfort. While it is used mostly in the event of physical pain, CBD is equally as beneficial to disorders of the mind, as noted by multiple clinical studies. From generalized anxiety and panic disorders, to increased stress levels and overactivity in the brain, CBD is great for managing your health. Even more related is CBD’s ability to assist with the symptoms inflicted by pyoderma.
Cannabidiol works by binding to receptors in your dog’s brain and producing a calming effect in the process. When it comes to CBD, you may already know that there are two different ways of CBD extraction. Now, before we get too carried away, we first want to mention that there are also two different plants from which CBD oils can be derived from. These plants are the cannabis plant and the hemp plant.
The plant that a particular CBD oil comes from is important because it plays a role in the overall properties of CBD. Cannabidiol oils that stem from the cannabis plant are more likely to contain trace amounts of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, whereas CBD derived from the hemp plant does not contain THC in any amounts. This is first and foremost due to the fact that hemp is free of THC, but cannabis is the origin of THC. So it makes sense that CBD derived from cannabis plants might contain THC, but it’s literally impossible for hemp-based CBD to contain a single ounce of THC.
Now, let’s jump back to the topic of CBD oil extraction processes. CBD oils fall into one of two categories. CBD is either full-spectrum or an isolate. The main difference between the two is that one is entirely CBD oil, whereas the other is CBD mixed with other fellow cannabinoids and terpenes, which are responsible for the smell so often associated with weed. To be completely honest, both types of CBD can be administered to your dog, but we personally advocate more for CBD isolates.
CBD isolates are the purest form of CBD on the market. This is the type of CBD that is void of any and all other cannabinoid-related substances. It is strictly CBD oil and nothing else. The reason for our preference of CBD isolates over full-spectrum CBD oils is simply that we believe the purer, the better. There is more certainty with a CBD isolate than there is with full-spectrum CBD. Pure CBD is clearly pure, while CBD mixed with other elements of cannabis creates more room for disparity.
Does that make sense? We hope so! To summarize, CBD is either known as an isolate, meaning it is strictly CBD, or it is considered full-spectrum, meaning it may contain very low levels of THC (legally less than 0.3%) and other useful cannabinoids. No matter which type you purchase for your pup, you can rest easily knowing that your dog will never get high from CBD.
Even with full-spectrum CBD, THC levels are never high enough to create the sensations that are associated with cannabis. One of the most defining characteristics of CBD oils is that they are not psychoactive, so if you are concerned about the possibility of getting your dog high with full-spectrum CBD, you have no reason to be!
Where to Buy CBD Oil for Pyoderma
Since pyoderma is an external skin infection, you might want to consider whether or not CBD creams will irritate the outer layers of your dog's skin. The best way to make this decision is by considering how sensitive your dog's skin regularly is and how he or she has responded to lotions in the past.
If your puppy pal is not susceptible to developing rashes or reactions when introduced to new products, then CBD creams may be perfectly fine for use on your dog's pyoderma. As always, if you aren't sure, we advise that you take the safest route. In this case, that would entail not using CBD cream and instead opting into oils or chews that your dog takes by mouth.
When it comes time to treat pyoderma for dogs, CBD oils and CBD-based treatment options may be your safest bet. The thing about CBD is that it is an all-natural, additive-free medicinal remedy for dogs which can help manage pyoderma. We’ve talked about the benefits of CBD and all of its healing properties, but where do you buy CBD for dogs with pyoderma?How about checking out the products offered by Innovet?! From dog treats that contain CBD to capsules derived from hemp plants and pure CBD oils, our wide selection of CBD-infused pet products are sure to become your dog’s new favorite presents.
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Dr. Sara Ochoa
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. Georges University
Sara Redding Ochoa, DVM was raised in north Louisiana. She graduated from LA Tech in 2011 with a degree in animal science. She then moved to Grenada West Indies for veterinary school. She completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University and graduated in 2015 from St. George’s University. Since veterinary school she has been working at a small animal and exotic veterinary clinic in east Texas, where she has experience treating all species that walk in the hospital. In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband Greg, bake yummy desserts and spend time with her 4-legged fur kids, a dog Ruby, a cat Oliver James “OJ”, a rabbit BamBam and a tortoise MonkeyMan.
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