Pets need grooming just like us!

shutterstockWe spend a lot of time and money on our grooming, appearance and bodily care.

In the same way that our skin and hair reflect our state of health, our pets’ skin and coat gives us many signs.

Prevention is always better than cure and good, regular grooming with care and observation of your pet’s skin and coat will help you keep it in the best of health.

Skin & Coat

Your pet’s skin and coat are strong indicators of its internal health. They can also show other conditions present.

Good skin and coat care combined with an appropriate diet are essential for a happy, healthy pet!

Your pet’s skin and coat care – did you know?

  • Human shampoo can cause doggy dandruff.
  • Your pet’s diet can make a big difference to their skin and coat.
  • Vitamin A sustains growth and maintenance of your pet’s healthy skin.
  • Protein provides essential amino acids for skin and coat maintenance.
  • Omega 6s give your pet’s skin and coat shine, texture and protective barrier properties.
  • Vitamin C supports wound healing and collagen formation.
  • There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog! Certain breeds however have consistent and predictable coats (that are non-shedding) that produce less allergens.

What does your pet’s skin and coat tell you?

Your pet’s skin and coat reflect how well their internal organs and systems are functioning. They offer a vital diagnostic tool for determining your pet’s overall health and wellbeing.

Proper balanced nutrition gives your pet the essentials it needs to sport a lustrous coat and healthy skin. If, despite a healthy diet and good grooming, your pet’s coat or skin is problematic, it can help you (and your vet) to identify any presenting conditions.

Which cats and dogs are prone to skin and coat problems?

Cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are susceptible to issues involving their skin and coat. Pets who are young, elderly, or living in overcrowded, stressful environments may be more susceptible to these problems than others.

What are the signs your dog or cat has a skin or coat problem?

  • Scratching, licking or nibbling at itchy skin
  • Hair loss, bald patches
  • Dry, flaky or otherwise aggravated skin
  • Rashes
  • Wounds
  • Swellings, lumps or skin discoloration

What might cause your dog or cat to have skin problems?

  • Fleas – bites and flea droppings irritate your dog’s skin.
  • Mange – caused by mites, leads to large patches of hair loss and severe itching.
  • Ringworm – a highly contagious fungal infection that causes hair loss in patches.
  • Parasites – such as ear mites and lice.
  • Allergies – caused by a reaction to certain foods, pollen, dust, mould or flea bites.
  • Boredom or stress – a pet may lick their skin excessively for many reasons when not given adequate activity or stimulation.
  • Poor diet – low quality food may lead to changes to the coat.

Got a question about your pet’s skin and coat? Speak to your local Just For Pets Pet Expert today.

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