As you can see the pyoderma is beginning to granulate. The yellow you see is actually not infection, it is the skin drying up. These pictures are the progress as of June 2. Stay tuned…
The primary cause of pyoderma in dogs is Staphylococcus intermedius.
Pyoderma is the second most common inflammatory skin disease of dogs. Flea allergy is most common and often complicated by secondary pyoderma.
The major predisposing factors for pyoderma in the US are allergic dermatitis and chronic use of glucocorticoids.
Pyoderma is classified by:
Depth of lesion
What is pyoderma?
Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin. It is very common in dogs and uncommon in cats. Pyoderma frequently occurs as a secondary problem to some underlying condition or health problem.
What causes pyoderma?
Pyoderma is caused most frequently by Staphylococcus, a type of bacteria. Other bacteria, such as E. coli, also can invade previously infected skin. Several risk factors may cause an animal to be more likely to develop pyoderma. These risk factors include:
Parasites, such as fleas or mange mites
Allergies, such as flea, food, contact, or hereditary allergies
Hormonal disorders, such as hypothyroidism (low production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland)
Inadequate immune system, such as in young animals or those taking steroids
Animals with short coats, skin folds, or calloused skin
Trauma from grooming, scratching, or rooting in dirt or garbage
The German shepherd dog has a deep pyoderma that may respond to treatment only partially and frequently recurs
What are the signs of pyoderma?
Pyoderma frequently appears as a rash. It often affects the trunk, chin, bridge of the nose, and feet but it also may be generalized over the entire body. Skin lesions can have a sudden or gradual onset. The animal may or may not itch. If the underlying cause is an allergy, the itching usually comes before the rash. The rash or lesions on the skin may appear as small bumps, pus-filled pimples or pockets of pus, or blood-filled blisters. There can be crusting, scaling, and discolored spots on the skin. The skin may be inflamed (red and hot). Hair loss can occur, giving the animal a “moth-eaten” look.
If a hormonal disorder is the underlying cause, signs can include excessive thirst and excessive urination, pendulous abdomen, lethargy, weight gain, or signs of feminization in male dogs.
How is pyoderma diagnosed?
Pyoderma is diagnosed upon history and physical examination and by diagnostic procedures involving the skin. Skin rashes can be caused by a variety of agents so the veterinarian will attempt to differentiate between conditions with similar skin lesions. Routine laboratory tests, such as complete blood counts (CBCs) and blood chemistries may reflect the underlying cause (for example, anemia due to hypothyroidism). Skin scrapings, allergy testing, and hormonal tests may identify the underlying cause. Microscopic examination of cells (cytology) from the skin may differentiate fungal infections from pyoderma. Cultures of the skin lesions, most preferably of an intact pustule, may reveal the causative organism or organisms. Skin biopsy (removal and examination of skin tissue) may be needed.
How is pyoderma treated?
Pets usually are treated as outpatients except for animals with severe, generalized pyodermas. These animals may require intravenous (through a vein) fluids or medications or daily whirlpool baths. A hypoallergenic diet is provided if food allergy has been determined to be the cause. Otherwise, a high-quality, well-balanced diet should be given to the pet. Excessive dietary supplements, such as vitamins, should be avoided.
Pets with pyoderma are treated with a variety of antibiotics. Some antibiotics may cause vomiting and giving them with food may avoid this side effect. Other antibiotics should not be given with food. The veterinarian will provide information on using antibiotics appropriately. Antibiotics usually are continued for one-to-three months, depending on the severity of the pyoderma. In addition to antibiotic therapy, the pet may benefit from medicated shampoos or whirlpool baths that can help remove surface debris and crusted drainage. Routine bathing with medicated shampoos may help prevent recurrences.
What is the prognosis for animals with pyoderma?
The prognosis (outcome) for animals with pyoderma is variable. If the underlying cause is identified and effectively treated, the pyoderma may resolve successfully. Otherwise, the pyoderma may not respond well to treatment or it may recur frequently. Above info obtained from; www.vetmedcenter.com
Below is the most recent case of deep pyoderma that has come into Vet Aid Products. We will be updating this story with pictures soon. We look forward to seeing the results in this case. Below these I am posting a prior success with the use of Vet Aid Products on a Deep Pyoderma case…Stay tuned!!
Prior Deep Pyderma case that came into Vet Aid Products. They started using our Spray after many other attempts with other products. Nothing was working for this poor guy. They immediately started the use of Vet Aid Spray and Foam, these are the results in just 23 days….
Redness, oozing, pain, and itchiness are all signs. Hair loss is common along with bad odor. Sometimes with long hair dogs the hair will knot over top of the affected area, so make sure you keep a close eye out and keep your pet brushed.
Most of the time with hot spots they appear all of a sudden and then grow very quickly. This becomes a vicious cycle. The more he or she itch/bite/ lick and scratch, encourages it to grow bigger, leading to more growth and more irritation, you get the idea, not good! So be on top of it. The second you start noticing skin irritation or itchiness check your pet over for any noticable cause, then we recommend applying Vet Aid Foam 5x daily. Remember with our products you cannot over treat! What a wonderful thing that is, to not have to worry about the safety of a product!
As we stated before it is always a safe bet to contact your veterinary in any situation, in case there may be an underlying cause that needs further attention.
Vet Aid Products is Revolutionizing the Face of Veterinary Medicine so we always encourage you to ask your Vet about our products!
“I discovered my dog’s hot spot on 03/10/11, I shaved the hair away from it and went to the store to purchase a hot spot treatment. I brought him to the veterinary clinic where I work the next day and my coworkers suggested trying Vet Aid’s spray on it since we were sampling the product. I applied it to Stud’s hot spot once in the morning and once before bed each day. He seemed to tolerate the spray better than the product I had bought for him so I discontinued the other product and continued with the spray. I personally enjoyed that the spray didn’t have any scent to it, some of the hot spot sprays I encountered smelled horrible so Vet Aid’s spray was a nice surprise. I think the use of a combination of medication and the Vet Aid spray certainly helped my dog heal up very quickly/nicely.”
Hot spots, commonly known to as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions that are typically found on a dog’s head, hip or chest area. Hot spots tend to grow at an alarming rate within a short period of time due to the dogs urge to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, which then leads to irritating the skin even more. Hot spots can become quite painful for your pet. You need to treat right away. The longer you wait the worse it will get in a matter of hours. It literally seems like it is growing right in front of your eyes.