self-trauma

self-trauma

self-inflicted injury, usually to the skin caused by an animal's response to pruritus. Depending on the species, this may be scratching, biting, rubbing or rolling. See also scratching (1).
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If left untreated, allergies can cause yeast infections, and self-trauma through scratching.
They trigger an inflammatory reaction in the skin which can lead to a cycle of self-trauma and secondary bacterial infection.
Ratite anesthetic events are often dangerous because these birds use their powerful legs and clawed feet as a defense, and physical restraint can result in self-trauma or injury to handlers.
Soft Claws are also effective against self-trauma caused by pets with itchy skin conditions.
From dogs with atopic dermatitis, inflamed skin, which was typically alopecic from self-trauma due to pruritus, was sampled.
Self-trauma can be reduced by lightly bandaging the hind feet.
This reaction is the cause of most of the itching with a flea infestation, causing nibbling and self-trauma, and leading to a "hot spot".
The more broken the skin surface becomes due to self-trauma and skin inflammation, the more permeable the skin becomes to penetrating allergens so these problems can rapidly get worse as the spiral of trauma and allergen exposure progresses.
In our experience, a minority of FDB cases involve self-trauma subsequent to localized trauma or infection.
The vet might suggest using an Elizabethan collar to stop your cat licking the area, as self-trauma makes the condition worse.
Because the surface of the skin becomes broken due to the self-trauma, the skin becomes susceptible to secondary bacterial infections which often make the situation much worse.
This is due partly to the mite itself, but mainly through the self-trauma (rubbing and scratching) caused by the affected dog.