One of a cat’s best features is his or her soft, fuzzy, shiny coat. When our cats leap up to cuddle, it’s a joy to pet their soft fur while giving them endless love and affection.
Pet owners who also have children are likely to understand the fear of a ringworm outbreak in a school or public location. But did you know that ringworm not only affects humans, but also pets?
When we pet our cats, we expect their fur and skin to feel soft and smooth, so it can be very alarming to suddenly discover a rough, inflamed, bumpy or oozing section of skin.
Summer means swimming for many pet owners and their adventurous pups, but unless you have access to a freshwater lake or stream, you’re most likely going to be swimming in a pool. While pools are generally free of the bacteria and diseases that could be lurking in natural bodies of water, they do play host to a number of chemicals, including chlorine.
As dog owners, we might not always notice when something is going wrong on our dog’s skin, especially when it’s concealed behind a leg or hidden by fur. But we are prone to noticing when our dogs will not leave a section of their bodies alone—licking, biting and scratching over and over.
One day, you might be petting your beloved pup or brushing its hair when you notice a lump or bump on the skin that wasn’t there before. Finding bumps can alarming. They can be a sign of a health issue and, if they are under the skin, aren’t always easy to identify.
Cats are soft little furballs (except for when they’re hairless). For the most part, cats take care of their fur on their own—they use their tongues to cleanse themselves of dirt, remove dead hair and keep everything tidy. Sometimes, though, they aren’t able to fix all the problems with their coats.
Just like humans, dogs have thousands of microscopic bacteria and fungi living on their skin. These microorganisms are perfectly normal and are often necessary for optimal health. However, sometimes they can overgrow and cause problems like infections.
Allergies are a deceptively common ailment in household cats; it’s estimated that one in five cats have allergies. Cats can develop allergies to many different things over time. These may include outdoor allergens like mold or pollen, household substances like perfumes and cleaners and even foods like wheat or chicken.
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