Skin problems are some of the most difficult conditions to treat in dogs and cats, and are also some of the most annoying for their owners. Skin disorders are most commonly caused by allergies, mites, autoimmune problems and bacterial infections. Animals may be allergic to food ingredients, fleas or substances their skin comes into contact with. Flea allergies are common in dogs and cats but are very difficult to treat because highly allergic animals may have a flare-up after the bite of just one flea, despite anti-flea precautions. Skin allergies are conventionally treated with steroids and other drugs that have adverse side effects and are only treating the symptoms; they must be continued or the problem will return.
Another common problem in dogs is lick granulomas. In these cases the skin becomes irritated causing the animal to continually lick the area, resulting in further inflammation and irritation. A vicious cycle develops because the skin cannot heal while the animal continues to lick, yet they cannot stop licking because of the discomfort. These cases are again difficult to treat conventionally because it is hard to completely stop the animal from licking. Chinese medicine provides a natural way to relieve the irritation and stimulate healing.