There is a saying you are what you eat! This applies to animals as well. Animals need quality animal proteins, vitamins and minerals in their diet to build and repair tissues as well as maintain normal body functions. The skin is also an organ in itself and requires specific nutrients to grow. However, if there is a deficiency or imbalance in important nutrients, the body becomes selective in it’s utilization of nutrients and will spare the needs of skin growth or repair. The body will use the nutrients available to meet more important metabolic needs such as liver, heart and the immune system, therefore the skin and fur will be the last to benefit from nutrient uptake. Animal’s who have nutrient imbalances or deficiencies can develop dry, flaky itchy skin, brittle and damages hair follicles and nails, skin infections, and dull looking coat with hair loss.
Your pet may be eating a quality pet food and still experience at times signs of an unhealthy skin and hair coat, this is because just like you and I pets are exposed to stress factors such as pollution, noise, emotional stress such as anxiety, depression, fears, excitement, growing stages, fighting of a disease, sustaining to vaccinations or during seasonal changes where the animal undergoes a shedding period. During these stressors animals will benefit from a vitamin and fatty acid supplement. You can offer pieces of fruits and vegetables as a supplemental treat on a regular basis but during the stress periods and for an optimal absorption it is best to provide a natural vitamin and mineral supplement such as a dry seaweed blend and omega3 and omega6 fish oils that is specifically prepared for your pet. These supplements are safe and can be purchased in your Global pet store. Do not give vitamin and mineral supplement for humans, as these can be toxic for pets. If you have any concerns with your pets health consult your veterinarian before deciding to supplement.
The needs of our pets are somewhat different than ours on a nutritional level but they can suffer the same diseases we humans suffer from when we become deficient. When in doubt about how your pet is dealing with the environmental stressors take a look at his skin and hair coat!!
Chantale Robinson MA. SC. A.H.T
Biologist, Animal Health Technician