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Common Dog Hair and Coat Problems


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Simple solutions for winter dry skin and coat

Does your dog's coat lose its luster in winter? Or, does your pooch seem to continually itch from fall to spring? Winter's cold, dry weather and the increased air circulation, forced heat, and lowered humidity of your home all take a toll on your dog's skin and coat health. In fact, winter skin and coat problems are common concerns of most dog owners. However, there are simple ways to help keep your dog’s coat beautiful and skin healthy.

PROBLEM: dull haircoat
SOLUTION: Loss of coat luster can be due to a variety of factors. These can include some health concerns, such as hormonal imbalances, parasites, and allergies. However, the most common cause of a dull haircoat is poor nutrition. Lower levels of protein and essential fatty acids are common culprits.

Therefore, it is important that your dog is fed a diet rich in proteins, essential fatty acids, and more. Our Signature Series Adult Dog Food contains up to 24% protein, plus Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to help keep your dog's coat healthy. Similarly, our Country Classic Dinners® contain natural, hearty, highly digestible, and protein-rich chunks of real beef, turkey, or chicken. Supplement any diet with our Vitacoat® Plus, which uses powerful marine lipids and flaxseed oil to help promote soft, silky, and luxurious coats.

PROBLEM: flea bite dermatitis
SOLUTION: Fleas thrive, unfortunately, in almost every area of the world. True, they prefer areas with high humidity and mild winters, so in the southern United States, fleas are a definite year-round threat. But even in northern portions of the country fleas can sneak into your home and survive the winter, either actively or in their dormant state. In fact, mid-winter indoor flea infestations can be the worst. By the time you spot the first signs of fleas they have had ample time to establish a stronghold throughout your home.

The best protection against fleas requires you to maintain your flea and tick control regimen year-round with topical solutions such as Advantage II or Bio Spot® Defense Spot On®. An increase in Omega-3 fatty acids in your dog's diet may also help, especially if your dog has an allergic reaction to fleas. Use our Healthy Coat Omega-3 Gel Caps nutritional supplement to help reduce inflammation from flea bites.

PROBLEM: dry, flaky skin
SOLUTION: Your home's furnace or central air system emits dry heat. This low humidity environment can rob your dog’s skin of necessary moisture, which results in dry, flaky, and sensitive skin. True, your dog's body continually replaces this layer of damaged skin. However, if left unmanaged, the condition will continue throughout the winter. Worse, damaged skin – and your dog's incessant scratching to relieve her itch – opens the door for more serious skin problems.

Daily use of the Dog Grooming Brushes promotes circulation and stimulates and distributes natural oils to help moisturize your dog's skin. In the winter, reduce bathing frequency, which can also rob your dog's body of essential moisture. When baths are necessary, use our gentle Advanced Formula Oatmeal Shampoo with Oat Beta Glucan for gentle cleansing. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, like our Premier System® Conditioner. Increasing the humidity in your home may help as well.

PROBLEM: indoor allergies
SOLUTION: Irritants can wreak havoc on your dog's skin and coat health throughout the year. However, during the winter months, your dog spends the majority of her time inside your home. Even in the cleanest homes, indoor allergens thrive during the winter months and forced air heat may keep them circulating throughout your home. As a result, your dog cannot escape from the dust, insects, and other allergens that are trapped inside your home.

Allergy relief is simple, however, with our Premium Plus Omega-3 Gel Caps. This nutritional supplement is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to maintain healthy skin when allergen levels may be high. For moderate to severe allergies, use our Maximum Healthy Skin Kit which conveniently combines Omega-3 Gel Caps with Healthy Coat Allergy Tabs for long-lasting allergy protection at an economical price.

Recommended Products for Skin and Coat Problems

Signature Series Adult
Dog Food and
Country Classic Dinners®

Vitacoat® Plus

Oatmeal Shampoo

Premier System®
Conditioner

Maximum Healthy
Skin Kit

Advantage II

Bio Spot® Defense Spot On®

 

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