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Healthy skin and coat starts from within

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Healthy skin and coat starts from within

Paw’s, nails, skin and coats are external factors you can use to judge the health of your pet. If your pet has brittle paws, nails, dry itchy skin or their coat has lost its shine and sheds excessively, it could be a sign your pet needs nutritional support.

Rather than reaching for a new shampoo or cream look at how you can support your pet’s skin and coat from within. Grooming too much can cause more harm than good. Washing strips the skin of the oils that moisturize and protect it. Excessive grooming can disrupt the skin’s microbiome and weaken its barrier against irritants. Instead, focus on providing the nutrients they need to make healthy tissues for a healthier pet inside and out.

Oils

Healthy fats are an essential part of a pet’s diet. Unfortunately, many commercial pet foods do not provide enough healthy fats. Fish oils, olive oil, flaxseed oil and lecithin are great sources that are pet friendly.

They provide a great source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and irritation that contribute to rashes and hot spots. Omega-3 improves the skin’s protective barrier by locking in moisture and keeping out irritants that cause dry red itchy skin.

Providing your pet with healthy fats speeds healing wounds by providing them with essential fatty acids and vitamins tissues need to regenerate. You’ll also see a shinier coat and less shedding. Antioxidants found in olive oil and flaxseed oil also have antioxidants to help your pet’s skin age gracefully.

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are the building blocks of many processes and tissues that contribute to the health of your pet.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is critical to keeping skin smooth and rejuvenated. When Vitamin A is low, skin becomes irritated, dry and scaley because it an essential part of how the body makes sebum. Sebum is an oily substance produced by the skin, which keeps skin and coats hydrated and shiny. Low levels of Vitamin A result in hair loss so adequate daily intake is essential to a healthy coat.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is a must for a healthy coat as it helps to create new hair follicles. When there isn’t enough Vitamin D fur becomes brittle and growth slows. When looking for a Vitamin D supplement we recommend looking D3 over D2 as its better absorbed.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is used in the formation of collagen fibres. And since collagen is involved in the growth and formation of hair and skin its foundational to a healthy coat and skin. Vitamin E is notorious for improving scars and the healing is tissues for just this reason. Vitamin E is also incredibly moisturizing to both skin, nails, paws and coat.

Silica

Silica is one of the most abundant trace minerals in your pet’s body. Popular in the health and beauty industry as a hair, nails and skin supplement, it also supports your pet in the same way. Silica is essential to synthesize collagen and enzymes that strengthen skin and elasticity. Collagen is a building block for many tissues including hair, nails, skin and even bones, cartilage and tendons. A diet rich in silica results in less hair loss and shinier fur. Your pet will also see stronger healthier nails and paws.

Sources of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals

Dr. Maggie Skin and Coat provides a well-rounded combination of healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins. It has the perfect balance Omega-3’s, Omega-6’s, DHA and EPA.  Ingredients include: anchovy fish oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil and lecithin along with added Vitamins A, D3 and E.

Our favourite form of silica supplementation for pets is diatomaceous earth. It’s high in silica while also providing many digestive health benefits. By improving digestive health your pet will better absorb the nutrients that are required for healthy fur, nails and skin. NaturPet’s Intesti Care provides a food-grade source diatomaceous earth plus other digestive supporting ingredients from pumpkin seed, ginger, slippery elm and thyme.

Added Health Benefits

Healthy joints, ligaments and muscles, better eyesight, improved brain health, improved wound healing and excellent digestion are just some of the many added health-promoting benefits you’ll see by nourishing your pet with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. And of course, a more radiant healthy-looking skin and coat!