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Understanding skin health in cats and dogs

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

  • Fleas
  • Mange
  • Food allergies
  • Environmental allergies
  • Dandruff

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.

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