Many factors contribute to the appearance and health of your dog's skin and coat. Like humans, dogs are exposed to many environmental triggers that can cause skin reactions, such as pollutants, parasites, allergens, and even the foods they consume.
Knowing how to maintain your pet's healthy skin and coat is key to preventing problems that mar his appearance and health. In order to assist you in keeping your pet in tip-top shape, we've classified skin and coat care into four groups: oral supplements, topical care, shed control, and shampoos.
Oral supplements and treats
Since many owners provide treats for their dogs, you can combine the affection-giving act of treating with supplementation. Many treats on the market today contain some of the skin-supporting nutrients listed above, and many are even marketed specifically for skin and coat. Treats such as Premium Plus® Skin & Coat Bites contain fatty acids and the antioxidant nutrient Vitamin C. For health-conscious owners, many of these are also low in calories and fat.
Products that contain hydrocortisone and lidocaine, such as Drs. Foster & Smith Itch Stop Series, give you many options: a fast-acting spray, a rub-on salve, a shampoo, a soothing lotion, and convenient pads.
Many owners keep a well-stocked closet with items such as sticky tape rollers and shed mitts for quick clean-ups of their pet and their pet's environment. A wipe-down a few times a week can go a long way in allergy-causing dander found in shedding hair.
We offer shampoos formulated specifically for your pet's needs. Oatmeal Shampoo, as well as Itch Stop Shampoo, can help support normal skin comfort. Septi-Soothe Shampoo contains chlorhexidine, an anti-bacterial ingredient.
If your pet is super-sensitive and reacts easily to detergents and fragrances, a milder shampoo formula such as our Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo, is recommended. The oat protein moisturizes and Vitamins A and E promote healthy skin and comfort. Medicated Shampoo contains Miconazole, an antifungal against fungi and yeast; and Chlorhexidine Gluconate, a proven antimicrobial agent necessary to cut through oily coats and wash away built up scales and dander.
Since no two dogs are alike, it pays for you to thoroughly review your dog's special skin and coat needs and your available options before choosing the products that best fit your needs.