Pet Skin Health

Just like your own skin, your pet’s skin is an organ with a very important job. It prevents dirt, bacteria, fungi, mites and chemicals from invading your pet’s body. This is why it should be protected and maintained.

What Does Skin Do?

There are three layers that make up skin. The top layer is the Epidermis. It is made up of cells that die and are continuously replaced. Dandruff is evident when the cells die too fast. Shedding can also be skin related. Hair grows from follicles in the skin. The follicles, like the skin cells, die and are replaced. Shedding can occur from genetics, temperature, or the amount of nutrition the pet receives for growth. Sebum is produced from oil glands found on hair follicles. The sebum protects the skin by waterproofing it and deterring bacteria and fungus to prevent infections and maintain a shiny coat.

For the skin to function the best it can, it must receive the proper nutrition. The health of your pet’s skin and coat reflects his or her overall health. The nutrition from food is sent to your pet’s skin and coat last, so it is important that your pet not only gets the most out of his or her food, but also receives adequate vitamins and minerals to maintain its healthy skin and coat.

Requirements for Healthy Skin:

1. Fatty Acids: These must be in your pet’s diet because your pet’s body can’t produce it on its own. Linoleic acid is the essential fatty acid for dogs. Linoleic acid and arachadonic acid are for cats. Omega 3, 6, 9 is an advanced multi-fatty acid supplement for both dogs and cats. Along with fatty acids, pets also need fiber and digestive enzymes found in Vetasyl and Missing Link.

2. Vitamins: Vita-Tabs provide your pet with the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients your pet needs to lead a healthy and extended life. Vita-Tabs also contains vitamins A, D, & E to nourish the skin. Derm-Tabs are packed with natural vitamins, minerals and oils essential for your pet's skin and coat.

3. Proteins: Although your pet may be given adequate protein in his or her diet, your pet may not be digesting it properly. Their skin and nails may become dry and smelly, and there may also be a noticeable lack of energy. Enzymes aid in the digestion of proteins. These enzymes can be found in products such as Viokase-V, Pancrezyme, or Prozyme.

General Maintenance:

Derm-Tabs are tasty chewable tablets that promote healthy skin and a radiant coat. Derm-Tabs also effectively reduce unwanted shedding. These tablets are packed with natural vitamins, minerals and oils that will keep your dog looking his or her best year-round.

Skin Allergies:

3V Caps are formulated for dogs and cats suffering from allergies and skin disorders. They contain fish oil, Omega 3 fatty acids, plus Vitamins A, D and E.

  • For more on allergies, visit Canine Allergies.

    Anti-Inflammatory:

    Derm Caps promotes healthy skin and soft shiny hair coats in dogs and cats. Controls dry, itching skin. Can help reduce scratching. Proven anti-inflammatory activity and proven therapeutic ability.

    Shed Prevention:

    Shed-Stop: Reduce year-round shedding in as little as four weeks without interfering with your pet's normal shedding cycle. Effective liquid blend of natural vitamins, minerals, oils, and herbs supplies life-extending nutrients to hair follicles to condense shedding into a controlled seasonal burst instead of a prolonged process.

    The FURminator is a revolutionary grooming device that utilizes a unique blade, which removes loose hair while leaving your pet with a shiny and healthy coat.

  • For more information on grooming, visit Grooming Your Dog or Cat.
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