We want healthy hair and skin this summer and so do our pets. A healthy summer coat is extremely important for dogs and cats. Why? Itchy dry skin, flaking and hot spots can be a sign of a bigger problem. Fleas, poor diet, food allergies and inhalant allergies can all manifest in poor coat health.
These five easy steps can help ensure a healthy summer coat for your pet.
1. Control Fleas- there are over 15 antigens in a flea’s saliva which means that one bite can wreak havoc on your sensitive dog or cat. To combat this, make sure your pet is on a monthly flea medicine regime and you are treating your home and yard for fleas. Learn more about Flea Flicker Tick Kicker by Ark Naturals.
2. Diet- Dogs and cats can have food sensitivities that may manifest as skin allergies. If you suspect that your dog or cat has a food allergy first try changing their food to something with no corn, wheat, soy or gluten products. If you haven’t seen a change in 6-8 weeks, then try changing the protein source…e.g. if you are feeding a beef diet, try chicken, or if you are feeding chicken try fish. Learn more about California Natural’s Herring and Sweet Potato Formula!
3. Shampoo/Conditioner- be sure to use a soap and detergent free shampoo and conditioner. One made with natural ingredients (no chemicals or synthetics) will make a marked improvement in your dogs coat. Oatmeal based shampoo will help condition the coat and a Tea Tree oil based shampoo will handle hotspots. If your pet is a swimmer, use a leave in conditioning spray between baths to further moisturize. Learn about Earthbath‘s all natural products!
4. Fish Oil- Adding Omega 3 to your dog’s diet will help boost their immune response and reduce inflammation in the body. Thus reducing itchiness, fostering shiny healthy coats. Learn about Alaska Naturals!
5. Brush Brush Brush- This simple act is often overlooked by pet owners but is so important. Brushing helps reduce shedding and bacterial build up. Brushing not only gets rid of dead hair but it also rids your dog of dead skin cells. These dead skin cells can be the perfect environment for bacteria. Brushing also distributes the natural oil along the coat. Really important for long haired breeds. Human/pet bond is strengthened too!