Skin and coat health are common reasons for a pet owner to take their pet to visit the vet. As a pet owner you will want to help calm your pet’s sensitive, dry flaky skin and look for a solution that will soothe and reduce the itching to help make your pet more comfortable.
Skin problems and irritation can be caused by a number of reasons and to complicate matters, your pet could be affected by more than one cause. These can include ticks, fleas, mange, ringworm, yeast infections, an acute fatty acid imbalance and environmental and food allergies.
Common signs that your pet may be suffering with some sort of skin complaint could include:
- Your pet may be molting more than usual or losing hair
- You might notice that they have thin or balding patches
- They could develop dry, flaky skin or dandruff
- Their coat may appear dull or greasy
- Licking or chewing their paws more than usual
- They may scratch or itch frequently
Pets can have all year-round symptoms, which could mean that they are allergic to something in your home, however there are allergic reactions that are seasonal. Outdoor seasonal allergens can include, ragweed, grasses and pollens.
To help to maintain the health of your pet’s skin and coat, there are some positive things that you can do:
This will help to remove loose hairs, keep your pet’s coat free from dirt and distribute natural skin oils, which help to make their coat shiny. Try not to groom them more than once a week, as this could lead to irritation on the skin.
Don’t over bathe your pet
This can lead to dry and sensitive skin. Be sure to only use animal specific shampoos, as human shampoo could irritate your pet’s skin.
Protect your pet from the sun
Like humans, overexposure to the sun is bad for your pet’s skin. Pets with light skin and short or thin hair, are more susceptible to sensitive skin caused from the sun. Try to limit the amount of time your pet spends in the sun and watch for signs of burning.
Be sure to feed your pet a good quality diet. Foods rich in fatty acids, oils and vitamins can support healthy skin.
One of the most common causes of skin problems in pets are parasites and fleas. Prevention is always the best treatment for flea control. Be sure to treat all pets, indoor and outdoor, as outdoor pets can carry fleas to indoor pets. Consult your vet for the best product to treat your dog.
A constant supply of water is important to keep your pet cool and hydrated, like us, your dog requires water to maintain healthy skin.
Stress can lead to over grooming. Understand what is causing your pet to become stressed and try to reduce this, if possible.
Keep your home and their bed clean
Regularly clean, provide fresh bedding and reduce dust in your home. Vacuuming on a regular basis, at least twice a week, will help to get rid of any excess dust. This will include rugs, curtains and any other material that gathers dust.
Consider using natural supplements
Consider using a high-quality natural supplement like nutramega, which contains Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, which naturally calm sensitive skin, soothe dry, flaky skin and reduce itching and scratching. For further information visit www.nutravet.co.uk/nutramega.
If you are concerned about your pet’s skin health consult your vey who is best placed to offer advice to ensure the health and wellbeing of your pet.