Your cat's skin

Infections

Skin irritations and lesions

WHAT'S GOING ON ?

Bacterial skin infections or pyoderma is not as common in cats as it is in dogs. However, if your cat has a skin infection, it will need several weeks of treatment.

CAUSES

Bacterial dermatitis or skin infection (pyoderma) is usually secondary to an underlying disease, such as parasites, an endocrine disease or allergies against fleas or food ingredients.

It occurs when the skin’s natural defenses break, allowing an overgrowth of bacteria (such as Staphylococci).

Other organisms, such as yeast and fungal organisms, can also take advantage of the skin changes and multiply and grow.

 

SIGNS

Bacterial dermatitis can occur anywhere on your cat's body. Chin acne is also common.

Consult your veterinarian, who will focus on treating the underlying problem and advise you on managing the condition, which will probably include a topical product to help restore the skin barrier.

6 TIPS TO HELP MANAGE INFECTIONS

The main goal of treatment is to disinfect the skin to help restore a healthy skin barrier. 

  1. Consult your veterinarian to identify and treat the problem.                                                                                                                                                     
  2. Help control the condition by using a high-quality shampoo, mousse or wipes to help repair and restore the skin's natural ecosystem. If a skin infection is present you may need an antiseptic formula.
  3. Regularly groom and brush your cat and clean skin folds and ears.
  4. Keep your pet free from external parasites by treating against fleas, ticks and other external parasites with a topical product such as Vectra® for Cats and Kittens or Catego® for Cats.
  5. Feed your cat a high-quality, balanced diet. A healthy skin and hair coat is heavily reliant on a good diet. 
  6. Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian to monitor your cat's skin condition. Use the scorecard below to monitor your cat's improvements. Download the scorecard here!

We recommend:

DOUXO® Chlorhexidine