Understanding skin health in cats and dogs
Skin conditions are one of the most common health problems in cats and dogs and can be caused by a number of different factors. Have a skin condition can be stressful for pets but can also be stressful for owners due to seeing their fur babies in discomfort and pain.
What should a pet’s skin look like?
A pet’s skin should be smooth and their coat should be clean and in good condition. In order to help identify if a pet has a problem with its skin, it is important to have knowledge of what healthy skin should look like.
A pet’s skin should be pink or black depending on the breed or their genetics.
There should be no itching, crusting, scaling or hot and inflamed areas
A healthy coat should be shiny, quite smooth, soft and thick with no broken hairs or bald patches
Examples of common skin conditions
- Food allergies
- Environmental allergies
The skin and coat form the single largest organ of a pet’s body and it is the first protective barrier from the outside. Together, they go hand in hand to provide protection and immunity for the body to prevent bacteria/viruses from entering the body and to ensure thermo-regulation.
All of our Grain Free Dog Food and Grain Free Cat Food recipes contain Omega- 3 essential fatty acids which are beneficial in supporting the skin and coat, as well as the control of inflammation. Some research suggests that Omega-3 is also important for brain and eye health in young and growing animals.