A pet’s skin and coat provides a natural
physical barrier which
is essential to maintain body temperature and
reduce water loss. The skin is one of the largest
single organs of
the body and certainly the biggest sensory organ.
Maintaining a pets coat in the best possible health is vital to ensuring a pet’s overall health and vitality.
How can Fish4Dogs help
improve your dog's coat?
There are several factors that influence the health of a pets coat and you
need to manage these aspects carefully to achieve the best possible outcome.
Coat hair is composed of 100% protein and so diet is a vital factor in coat
and skin health. A Fish4Dogs diet provides all the essential nutrients
in their correct proportions to help maintain a healthy looking coat. Proteins,
fats, vitamins and minerals all play a central role.
Some essential fatty acids,
in particular those of the omega 3 and 6 series are thought to play a more pivotal role in the health of the skin and coat. These fatty acids play a structural role in cell membranes and ensure the proliferation of skin cells. It is believed that diets containing an increased amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s) such as Fish4Dogsmay improve
skin and hair condition. Improvements such as coat glossiness
and softness in dogs can be seen.
Another essential fatty acid that is thought to play a
key role in skin and coat health islinolenic
acid; the best source of which is fish oils. The inclusion of
linolenic acid in theFish4Dogs diet has been shown to promote
excellent skin and coat wellbeing. A deficiency in Linoleic acid in a pet’s diet has been shown to reduce the quality of the coat.
Other factors such as bathing a pet can play
a central role in the health of the skin and coat.The hair and skin produce natural
oils; sebum and sweat that are there naturally to protect the pets coat and
skin. If these oils are constantly washed away the natural
equilibrium of the dogs skin will be affected. Therefore careful washing should
be undertaken and not to be over zealous!
Regular veterinary check-ups are also a good idea to ensure the pet
is in the best health. The hair of a pet is a key indicator of health so a
trained vet will be able to identify straight away the condition and general
health of the pet by these physical signs. Warning signs to look out for are flaky
skin, dry patches, dull lifeless hair, scratching, itching and red blotchy
patches on the skin. If any of these conditions present them a
quick check up by the dog would be recommended.
Regular brushing and
grooming is also
important to avoid tangles and matted hair. Grooming from a young age is
important to allow the pet to get used to this and so it finds the whole
experience fun and rewarding instead of it becoming a painful chore.