Many pet owners don’t realize that skin care is just as important for pets as it is for people. Underneath all that fluffy fur, an animal’s skin is subject to dryness, itchiness, and other conditions just like human skin. Simple, basic skin care goes a long way to increase a pet’s comfort, and using natural grooming products is an excellent choice.
The expert staff at Paws in the City wants Triangle pet owners to know how easy it is to keep a pet’s skin and coat in peak condition. Check out these five, easy-to-follow tips:
- Perfect the bathing process: Pets should be bathed regularly, although the exact frequency depends on many factors. Before bathing, give the pet’s coat a thorough, gentle brushing with a brush appropriate for their coat type. Don’t forget to use a non-slip bath mat, lukewarm water, and a natural, chemical free shampoo.
- Perform routine skin checks: Regularly check pet’s skin for redness, bumps, sores, and other abnormalities. If a pet is excessively scratching, biting their skin, or suffering hair loss, it might be time to call the vet. While allergies can sometimes be the culprit, these can also be signs of a more serious problem.
- Avoid chemicals in the home and yard: Try to reduce or eliminate the use of chemically-based carpet cleaners, lawn treatments, and pesticides. These can all be sources of irritation for pet (and human) skin.
- Don’t discount the importance of diet: Paws in the City advocates for a high quality diet of natural, organic, and holistic pet foods. Whatever food is chosen, make sure it contains the right nutrients to maintain healthy skin (such as Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids).
- Consider supplements: Skin and coat supplements contain vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids necessary for keeping the skin and coat soft, supple, and shiny. Before beginning any supplement, consult with a veterinarian to determine what supplements he or she recommends and the correct dosage.
Dandruff, dry skin, and skin allergies are fairly common in pets. Most of the time, non-serious conditions are easily addressed with some adjustments to basic skin care and nutrition. High quality food and grooming products are a great way to improve the look and feel of a pet’s skin and coat.
Wondering how to choose the best food, treats, or supplements for your pet? Stop in to Paws in the City today and let our knowledgeable staff show you the difference our natural, organic, and holistic products can make!
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