Skin infections

In comparison to dogs, feline bacterial skin infections are traditionally considered as being rare. Cats are considered `less susceptible´ to superficial bacterial infections because of their daily grooming habit and different bacterial adherence on the skin. Even if less frequently reported, skin infections can be present in cats with allergic dermatitis. These skin diseases are mainly associated with flea bite hypersensitivity, food induced hypersensitivity and non-flea, non-food induced hypersensitivity dermatitis. Pruritus leads to auto-traumatic skin lesions and secondary superficial bacterial infections: until the underlying allergic disease is not identified, skin infection comes back increasing the itch and severity of skin lesions. Staphylococcus spp. is most commonly identified, but also other bacteria such as ß-hemolytic Streptococci and Pasteurella multocida can be present.

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