ACNE or Pimple Problems with Cats or Dogs
|Acne in Pets|
Though there can be various reasons for Acne problems in your pet, at the outset of this discussion, we need to determine if the issue you're seeking help with is strictly an 'Acne only' problem, or just one symptom of a much broader problem. If your pet has 'other' issues such as itching, skin problems or inflammation, rashes, licking of feet, or ear infections, you're likely facing a more complex problem. If that is the case, you should visit here - Allergies or Yeast? - to do an assessment to be sure you're on the right track, and get the correct help. If no other symptoms, and the Acne is all you seem to be combating, please continue with the remainder of this article.
Puppy acne is a fairly common condition in young, maturing dogs, but is somewhat more prevalent in the large and giant breeds. It mostly occurs around the ages of 3 to 18 months of age. Acne will most often appear as small bumps (pimples) around the chin and lips, but may also extend to the vaginal area. In more severe cases, you may notice breakouts along the top line or near the rump.
Causes for acne at this age are basically due to the over-taxing of an underdeveloped immune system. At this age, the body is still under development, and growing. The natural flora, which helps to protect the system from invading bacteria, is not yet fully established in the GI tract. This can take two years or more to be accomplished. Hormonal changes are taking place during this time period. Add to that, it is during this time that they are exposed to Vaccinations, or elective surgeries like ear or tail cropping, or even spay/neuter procedures.
Thankfully, acne is not a life threatening problem, but it is a sign of a system under stress. It is always a good idea to support the body with a well rounded nutritional program. This would include a super-premium pet food intended for the particular breed in question, and the right nutritional supplementation to help support the immune system.
There are 3 NZYMES products ideal for providing the help you need in dealing with this condition. These products comprise the Nzymes 3-Pak and each product has a specific job in providing help and support for the body. Also, and of significant importance, we suggest that you examine our Foods Recommended page and be sure you are providing the quality of nutrition your pet deserves and needs for a 'quality life'. The rule of thumb being - "If you can find it in a big store, it's likely not of appropriate quality for your pet"; this rule has only a few exceptions.
Choosing Premium Pet Foods, and Why:
Super-premium foods have these five characteristics:
- They are made with Human-Grade ingredients; no fillers, by-products or artificial colors or flavorings are used.
- They are preserved naturally, without the use of harsh, chemical preservatives.
- They have a balanced Omega Fatty acid content, which is important for the skin and coat.
- They use a protection mechanism (micro-encapsulation) for the vitamins and minerals, such as chelation or sequestering. This serves two important functions; First, it protects the vitamins and minerals from breaking down in the bag (storage). Secondly, it protects the vitamins and minerals from the stomach acids, giving greater delivery to the small intestine for absorption.
- They incorporate digestive enzymes and friendly bacteria (probiotics) in their blends. Since these ingredients are heat sensitive, they must be included in a cold process at the end of the food making cycle.
Only better quality foods go through these steps to insure greater delivery of nutrients to the system. For more info on better quality foods, including the foods we recommend, please see the following links to our articles:
Pet Foods we Recommend
What's really in pet foods?
NZYMES Products which can Help with Acne Issues
Recommended products: NZYMES 3-Pak, either Small OR Large:
NZYMES Antioxidant Treats OR Granules
These products help to undo the damage created by oxidative stress, as well as supporting the overall immune system. Many of the system's metabolic functions are enhanced by the performance of these products.
Ox-E-Drops are a safe and stable immune enhancing agent that can be used both internally and topically. Used internally, they help to provide a good pH balance throughout the GI tract, supporting the natural bacterial flora, and helping to curb the overgrowth of bad bacteria. Used topically, a 2% diluted solution of the Drops can be applied to the acne itself. The solution should be applied 3-4 times daily using a cotton ball. Instruction on making 2% solution
NZYMES Bac-Pak Plus
Bac-Pak is primarily a digestive product. It combines both digestive enzymes and friendly, micro-floral bacteria. The digestive enzymes are instrumental in the breaking down and absorption of nutrients from the food. The friendly, micro-flora help to populate the GI tract with good, yogurt culture type bacteria. Bac-Pak is a Fortified product, using micro-encapsulization for greater delivery to the intestinal tract.