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Skin and coat conditions commonly seen in dogs include:

Wet Eczema
  If the skin is red and looks wet and raw, with pus like crusts, it is probably wet eczema. Treat with sulphur-based ointment, but if it continues then a visit to the vet is indicated. He will probably give an injection or pills to help.

Some dogs are allergic to straw so if you are using this for bedding try changing to shavings or newspaper.

Cysts   When grooming your dog you will find small hard lumps which, when squeezed, emit hard, string-like pus. When empty, dab with disinfectant. They will often disappear as quickly as they appeared.

Inter digital Cysts   Pus-filled lumps appearing in between the toes, which burst but usually reappear again, are painful and can cause lameness. Try hot fomentations, dry and then dust with an antiseptic powder. If they continue consult your vet.

With all the above, a change of diet is indicated. Cut out carbohydrates, especially flaked maize Include garlic in the diet as this is an excellent blood purifier.

Ringworm This is caused by a fungus and is contagious. so isolation is essential. All bedding should be burnt and the kennel thoroughly scrubbed with disinfectant. You will see rapidly spreading bare patches which can occur on any part of the body. Clip hair round edges and treat with a fungistatic solution. If there is no improvement consult your vet who will prescribe a suitable drug, which given by mouth or injection will soon cure it.

Mange (Sarcoptic) Your dog will be persistently scratching and roughened bare patches will appear around the elbows, stifles, ears and eyes. Bathe every seven days until cured with a skin bath prescribed by your vet.

Mange (Demodactic) Bare patches appear round the eyes, nose, legs and feet. There is little or no scratching. The patches have a peculiar smell. Go straight to the vet as this is very difficult, sometimes impossible, to cure.


If a skunk has sprayed your dog

Super recipe for ridding a dog of skunk odor:

1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/3 cup baking soda
1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap

Mix ingredients together. The mixture will fizz and may explode if kept in a closed container, so use it up each time you mix it and don't try to save the rest. Use a sponge to apply the solution to your dog, kneading it into his coat; avoid the eyes, nose, and mouth as you sponge the face gently. Rinse thoroughly with lots of water. To be effective, this treatment must be applied within four hours after exposure to the skunk spray.

We have also had a report on the effectiveness of PureAyre, made by Clean Earth (telephone: 831/ 429-2846). A user writes, "I have this found to be an excellent product that is far superior to anything else that I've tried. It is 100% food-grade safe - for children and pets. I have used it in my house (near the cats' litter box), and in the car... and it is very effective. I finally feel good about using something that is safe to eliminate odors. Now I am prepared if any of my dogs or cats should have an encounter with a skunk! "



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