Species affected: Dogs, Cats
Background: Often becomes secondarily infected by bacterial, fungal, or parasitic organisms.
Symptoms: Hair loss, exudate, especially in the form of seborrhea, thickened and damaged skin. Odor and pruritis, which may be intense, become noticeable and there may be an associated otitis as well. Initially pruritis is often concentrated in the feet in dogs, and often accompanied by conjunctivitis. In cats it is more often seen on the abdomen, signaled by a bare abdomen as the cats remove hair by repeated licking.
Diagnostics: A complete diagnosis must include very complete history to determine all the causal factors as well as ruling out other chronic diseases.
Special Notes: Can be a frustrating condition to treat, and can require multiple therapies and a long recovery time.
Principles for Supplementation: Treatment is aimed at restoring health for any concurrent conditions as well as treating the inflammation in the skin.