Friday, December 21, 2012

Is Your Pet's Coat Dry? Does Your Pet Have Dandruff?

Is Your Pet's Coat Dry? Dandruff? White Flakes?

Your pet may be deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids--a critical nutrient that is essential for a shiny, lustrous coat in cats and dogs.                  

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Ensuring your pet has a shiny, lustrous coat can be a challenge. Even some of the most pampered pets may have dull, lifeless coats with red spots on the skin and patches of fur missing. Pet owners will seek out hair and coat conditioners,  but a beautiful coat comes from the inside.

Tips for a beautiful, lustrous coat:

1) Give your cat or dog omega 3 fatty acids.

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Amazing Omegas are loaded with highly bioavailable omega 3 fatty acids. In addition to enhancing the coat and skin, Omega 3s are helpful for allergies, joint support, brain function and so much more. In addition to Amazing Omegas, you can use a combination of  flaxseed oil, cod liver oil and coconut oil.  Be sure to buy therapeutic level, purified oils such as the unmatched quality found in Amazing Omegas so you can be sure contaminants such as PCBs and heavy metals have been removed. (Pet owners of cats or dogs having pancreatitis should consult a veterinarian before using any type of oil.)

2) If you have an older dog with a dull coat, please take your dog to the veterinarian for a blood panel to have the thyroid function checked. Many older dogs can have a reduced level of thyroid function which can greatly affect coat quality and also contribute to weight gain. Natural supplements containing ingredients such as kelp can help support thyroid health. Sometimes a pet may have “borderline low” thyroid results so ask your veterinarian if BioThyro, a natural thyroid supplement can be used first before using thyroid replacement medication.  Many clients use BioThyro along with thyroid medication to help support their dog's hypothyroid condition.

3) Use a hypoallergenic diet if your cat or dog is scratching, itching and tearing his fur out. Many pets lose fur near the hind legs, abdomen and tail due to food allergies. Pets with food allergies can react daily to common commercial food ingredients such as grains (oats, wheat, corn, etc), peanut butter or poultry. Seek out the advice of a pet nutritionist or veterinarian to help determine the best diet for your pet.  Using Power Probiotic will help promote good digestive help and reduce symptoms related to food allergies.

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4) Be sure your cat or dog does not have fleas or other parasites. It is always a good idea to have your veterinarian check for parasites (both internally and externally) at least once a year. Many times pets can have hidden parasites that you may not be aware of. This can greatly affect coat quality.

5) Keep a close eye on your pet’s digestive health. Many cats and dogs have digestive problems that can contribute to poor coat quality. Pets that have loose stool, vomiting, gas and tummy rumbling may not be digesting their food properly. As a result, critical nutrients needed to ensure good health and a lustrous coat, are not being absorbed.   Digestive enzymes such as Soothing Digestive Relief or K9 Digestive Enzymes can help firm up your pet's stool, improve nutrient absorption and coat quality.

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