Protecting Your Pet’s Skin This Winter
We all suffer from dry skin during the winter. The cool, crisp air combined with dry indoor heating can lead to dry, flaky, cracked skin. This can cause a lot of discomfort for your pet.
Pets often scratch or lick dry skin, making the problem worse. Pets with dry skin may develop large sores and experience hair loss. Dry skin should be treated as soon as possible. The following tips can help protect your pet’s skin this winter.
High Quality Food
A diet that provides all of the essential nutrients can help keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy year-round. Select a food that contains high quality ingredients and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. Ask your veterinarian if you aren’t sure which food is best for your pet.
Supplement With Fish Oils
Fish oils contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which are scientifically proven to protect your pet’s skin and coat. Fish oils can also be used to reduce inflammation. This makes them an excellent choice for pet’s suffering from arthritis or joint disease. Choose a high quality product that contains both DHA and EPA. Only give your pet the recommended dose. Too much fish oil can cause gastrointestinal upset.
Regular bathing and brushing is a crucial to a healthy skin and coat. Brushing helps remove dead hair and stimulates the skin to produce more oils. Bathing can help restore moisture and protect your pet’s skin from irritation. It’s important to only use a mild pet shampoo and not to bathe your pet too often. Doing so can have an opposite effect on the skin.
Protect Your Pet From the Elements
Cold, wet weather is tough on your pet’s skin. Protect your pet from the elements whenever possible. Keep your pet indoors during bad weather and use a raincoat or cover whenever outside in the rain.
Claws N Paws Day Spa offers pet grooming for dogs and cats. We offer mobile grooming and have a full service salon in Orange County, California. We can help keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy this winter. Please call 714-962-1005 to schedule a grooming appointment.