Has your pup’s constant itching, licking and biting made dog hair a decorative centerpiece in your home and car? Increased shedding can indicate that your dog suffers from a skin condition. Not only can dog skin conditions be uncomfortable and painful for your furry friend, but they can also spread to other dogs and lead to serious infections. While some medications and topicals can help soothe the itching and irritation, they are often made with unnatural ingredients and may cause adverse side effects. CBD for dog skin conditions can address the underlying causes of skin irritation and inflammation, potentially treating the problem on a long-term basis. This all-natural compound has been researched for its purported health benefits like pain relief, mood stabilization and improved digestive health, and the results are promising. Pure Paws Hemp grooming products can provide a solution for common dog skin conditions like allergies, dermatitis, mange and dandruff while restoring and maintaining your animal companion’s precious coat.
Skin-related issues are among the top reasons for vet visits. Dog skin conditions can be caused by external and internal factors like dust, fleas, mites, underactive oil glands and nutrition. These disorders can result in open sores and hair loss along with flaky, greasy and odorous skin. Most skin conditions are curable but can return if not properly treated. It is important to consult a vet for treatment of persistent and recurrent skin issues.
Allergies are the most common dog skin condition with a long list of contributing factors. Allergens often enter the body through inhalation and ingestion. These “foreign bodies” trigger the immune response upon entering the body. Where allergens would affect humans with sneezing, coughing and a runny nose, your fur baby experiences constant itching and skin irritation while fighting off the intrusion. Flea allergies, food allergies and atopy can lead to dermatitis, resulting in skin inflammation and pain. Once you pinpoint the cause of your pet’s allergy, it can be easy to avoid further outbreaks.
Dandruff is the build-up of dry skin cells. This dog skin condition is common in puppies younger than four months because their sebaceous glands are not secreting proper amounts of oil. However, if this continues, it can develop into a long-term problem. Dandruff can also occur because of accelerated skin cell growth and development. In most cases, only mild itching occurs, but if this condition progresses, it can cause severe itching and hair loss. If it gets to that point, it can indicate a more significant problem of lice, mites or fleas. It is important to do routine checks on your pup’s fur to avoid these developments.
There are several types of dermatitis, with some stemming from allergies and others being exacerbated by your pet’s actions. For example, acute moist dermatitis, or hot spots, are circular regions that are moist, raw and no longer grow hair. This condition usually begins with some skin irritation from allergens, arthritis or poor grooming. However, your pet’s constant licking or scratching can cause wounds to fester and spread. Often you can treat hot spots individually but to lower the risk of occurrence, you must also identify the underlying cause. Bacterial dermatitis is characterized by alopecia, scales, crust and inflamed eruptions and can. stem from a poor-quality diet. Other forms of this condition, like environmental dermatitis and nutritional dermatitis, are typically treatable but can continue without subsequent lifestyle changes.
Mange is a skin disease caused by mites that can be localized to one area or occur over larger, generalized body areas. Two common types of mange are scabies and Demodex. Scabies is highly contagious and can pass from dog to dog easily. Female mites burrow into your pup’s skin to lay eggs. When they hatch, the babies feed on your pet’s skin and cause extreme itch and redness, yellow crusted skin and hair loss.
Conversely, Demodex stems from mites naturally found on your dog’s body. With a properly functioning immune system, these mites should remain under control. However, a weak immune system allows the number of these mites to grow exponentially. This form of mange is characterized by hair loss and red, scaly skin in smaller areas but when it spreads, it can result in substantial hair loss. While there are many methods of treatment for this dog skin condition, you should consult your veterinarian, as mange can expand quickly.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a natural compound present in both Hemp and Marijuana plants. Hemp-derived CBD is federally legal because it only contains trace amounts of THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol – the active cannabinoid, or chemical compound in Marijuana responsible for intoxication. Hemp plants contain high levels of CBD but less than 0.3 percent THC, whereas Marijuana plants contain less CBD and up to 35 percent THC. At Pure Paws, we use organic, superior-grade Industrial Hemp to extract our CBD. Using a CO2 extraction method, we separate CBD from the other hundreds of cannabinoids present in Hemp plants like THC. The resulting 99 percent pure CBD isolate may have a profound impact on the body by reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality and regulating appetite.
CBD has a myriad of healing properties that may help treat these prevalent dog skin conditions. The anti-inflammatory effects of this natural compound can soothe pain and inflammation while reducing redness and swelling. CBD interacts with your dog’s Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, to promote overall health and wellness. The ECS, a network of receptors and molecules present in all mammals, maintains homeostasis, aids in the immune response and controls cell development. When you give your pet CBD, the cannabinoid can strengthen the function of the ECS by enhancing the immune system and promoting proper cell growth and oil secretion. By doing this, CBD can help prevent the occurrence of conditions that stem from a weakened immune system, poor nutrition and inadequate skin cell function. When used regularly, CBD may even protect against the development of some of these skin conditions.
Our human-grade product line provides a natural alternative to traditional medications for your furry companion. At Pure Paws Hemp, we strive to restore comfort to your fur companion and ease any pain they may be feeling from prevalent dog skin conditions. Our 2-in-1 Pet Shampoo and Conditioner uses the healing agents of CBD to relieve inflammation and support a healthier, fuller coat. This product moisturizes and conditions the skin to decrease dandruff and reduce itching. CBD Hemp Oil acts as a nutritional supplement to the diet and delivers a potent dose of antioxidants – perhaps stronger than Vitamin C and E. Antioxidants help strengthen the immune system and fight off potential allergens to keep your pet happy and healthy. Shop our grooming products and let your fur baby experience all the benefits that Pure Paws Hemp has to offer.
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