Simple Solutions for Dry Skin and Coat
Does your dog’s coat lose its luster in winter? Or, does your dog seem to continually itch from fall to spring? Winter’s cold, dry weather and the increased air circulation, forced heat, and lowered humidity of your home all take a toll on your dog’s skin and coat health. In fact, winter skin and coat problems are common concerns of most dog owners. However, there are simple ways to help keep your dog’s coat beautiful and skin healthy.

PROBLEM: Dull Hair coat

SOLUTION: Loss of coat luster can be due to a variety of factors. These can include some health concerns, such as hormonal imbalances, parasites, and allergies. However, the most common cause of a dull hair coat is poor nutrition. Lower levels of protein and essential fatty acids are common culprits.

Therefore, it is important that your dog is fed a diet rich in proteins, essential fatty acids, and more including Omega-6 fatty acids to help keep your dog’s coat healthy. Supplement any diet with product that uses powerful marine lipids and flaxseed oil to help promote soft, silky, and luxurious coats.

PROBLEM: Flea Bite Dermatitis

SOLUTION: Fleas thrive, unfortunately, in almost every area of the world. True, they prefer areas with high humidity and mild winters, so in the southern United States, fleas are a definite year-round threat. But even in northern portions of the country fleas can sneak into your home and survive the winter, either actively or in their dormant state. In fact, mid-winter indoor flea infestations can be the worst. By the time you spot the first signs of fleas they have had ample time to establish a stronghold throughout your home.

The best protection against fleas requires you to maintain your flea and tick control regimen year-round. An increase in Omega-3 fatty acids in your dog's diet may also help, especially if your dog has an allergic reaction to fleas. Plus use Omega-3 Gel Caps supplement to help reduce inflammation from flea bites.

PROBLEM: Dry, Flaky Skin

SOLUTION: Your home’s furnace or central air system emits dry heat. This low humidity environment can rob your dog’s skin of necessary moisture, which results in dry, flaky, and sensitive skin. True, your dog’s body continually replaces this layer of damaged skin. However, if left unmanaged, the condition will continue throughout the winter. Worse, damaged skin – and your dog’s incessant scratching to relieve its itch – opens the door for more serious skin problems.

Daily use of a slicker promotes circulation and stimulates and distributes natural oils to help moisturize your dog’s skin. In the winter, reduce bathing frequency, which can also rob your dog’s body of essential moisture. When baths are necessary use a gentle oatmeal based shampoo with Oat Beta Glucan for gentle cleansing and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. Increasing the humidity in your home may help as well.

PROBLEM: Indoor Allergies

SOLUTION: Irritants can wreak havoc on your dog’s skin and coat health throughout the year. However, during the winter months, your dog spends the majority of her time inside your home. Even in the cleanest homes, indoor allergens thrive during the winter months and forced air heat may keep them circulating throughout your home. As a result, your dog cannot escape from the dust, insects, and other allergens that are trapped inside your home.

Allergy relief is simple however try Omega-3 Gel Caps. This nutritional supplement is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to maintain healthy skin when allergen levels may be high. For moderate to severe allergies, use a combination of Omega-3 Gel Caps with Healthy Coat Allergy Tabs for long-lasting allergy protection at an economical price.

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This information is provided by Animals Deserve Better Inc a 501 c (3) animal rescue and humane educational organization. Please discuss any and all of these questions and solutions with your veterinarian this information is for general purposes only. See your veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis.

Kimberly Brenowitz
Animals Deserve Better Inc


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