Give them Healthy Skin Now!
Winter means our animals spend more time inside with dry air which can irritate and contribute to dry, flaky skin and itchiness.
What can you do to keep your dog's and cat's skin balanced and their coats beautiful? Lots!
1) Be sure his dry skin is not caused by an underlying medical condition.
2) Look at their diet. Dietary deficiencies are a major cause of dry skin and dull coats.
3) Lack of regular grooming (especially in older or overweight animals.)
4) Lack of regular baths and exercise.
#1 Omega 3 fatty acids. If your dog or cat eats canned or dry food alone, they are not getting enough Omega 3's. Even if the manufacturer claims to have added Omegas 3's to the bag or can, heating destroys these delicate oils. The best source of Omega 3's is marine lipids from fish, krill or (my favorite) green lipped mussels. Dogs and cats cannot convert plant oils, even flax, into DHA, which they can do with marine oils. Coconut oil is moisturizing, but does not contain Omega 3's.
NOTE: I do not recommend salmon and other fish oils for the most part because their purity may be suspect. I don't recommend krill oil because it is wild harvested. The purest, most ecologically responsible Omega 3 oil I have found is Moxxor. In addition to Omega 3's, Moxxor contains other beneficial ingredients including 8 natural forms of vitamin E!
#2 Brushing and Bathing. Regular brushing is important to help remove old, dead skin and stimulate healthy oil production and circulation. Bathing your dog, and even your cat sometimes, can do wonders for keeping skin healthy and balanced. However, it is critical that you use only ORGANIC shampoos and conditioners. Remember that dogs and cats lick themselves, so whatever is on the outside, gets in the inside!
Look for ingredients such as: coconut oil, neem, jojoba, Shea butter, aloe, and herbs like horsetail, calendula and chamomile.
Oatmeal shampoo is NOT a good choice, especially if your companion had any yeast issues, infections, or cancer. Oatmeal is a carbohydrate, which turns to sugar, which feeds those problems.
Here are a couple links to safe, organic shampoos and conditioners*:
*Remember to only use cat shampoos on cats. Some dog shampoos contain oils and other ingredients that are NOT safe for cats.
Please let me know if you try any of my recommendations and how your animals respond.
Here's to a healthy, happy skin winter!