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May
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Summer is almost here, and soon you may see more pet hair on the floors, furniture and your clothes as a result of seasonal shedding, which most animals go through to make way for lighter coats. What can you do to ensure pet health during this transition? Read on for more…

"Shedding" Some Light on Pet Health

How to deal with seasonal shedding

How to deal with seasonal shedding in your pet

Animals shed to replace old dead hair and remove the winter coats they‘ve accumulated for cold-weather adaptation. Just like humans, animals overheat and sweat in warmer weather, so keeping their fur year-round is unreasonable.

An unhealthy coat can have negative effects on pet owners - often in the form of allergies. Although most people think pet hair is the culprit of allergies in humans, it is actually the dander, or skin flakes. Keeping your petís coat and skin in optimum health is important to prevent future skin conditions, infections- and allergies for both you and your pet.


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Depending on their breed, pets shed differently. For instance, a poodle sheds less than a pug and long-haired cats and dogs but shed more than short-haired breeds.

Some owners feel as if they are constantly vacuuming the floors, while others rarely have to. For cats and dogs alike, not only is shedding an annoyance, it can also be detrimental to their health.

Animals can develop an unhealthy coat and skin from poor grooming techniques. Shedding in cats can cause hairballs, which can lead into digestive issues, coughing and vomiting. While dogs do not develop hairballs, they can develop matted hair on their bodies, making their coat a sanctuary for fleas and ticks and causing skin rashes from flea bites.

To reduce hairballs and matted hair, brush your pet daily, the more frequently you brush your animal and remove dead and loose hair, the less hair and skin is left in your home.

To help avoid furballs in cats by maintaining healthy digestion try: Furball Dr. ™ To soothe discomfort from flea bites try: FleaDerm™

Environmental Factors

Changes in the skin and coat primarily occur due to fluctuations in the amount of daylight and temperature. The length of daylight hours is believed to have a greater impact on the shedding cycle than temperature, which is why all pets shed during particular times of the year. Pets can shed due to their environment,depending on whether you keep your pet indoors or outdoors.

An outdoor pet will keep their fur all year round until the summer and then you will start to see some shedding. It is important to know that even artificial lighting can affect your petís shedding, especially if your pet stays primarily indoors. If you own an indoor pet, they can shed daily. This is sometimes determined by the lighting in your home as well as air conditioning levels. Be aware that when your indoor pet goes outside for a walk this spring, they are use to indoor temperatures- so having a thicker coat due to the air conditioning may not be conducive for extended outdoor periods.

To encourage healthy, clear skin and coats in cats try: Clean-Cat Shampoo with Chamomile™ To promote healthy skin in dogs try: Manage Mites Shampoo™

Good Nutrition

Your pet’s diet is another key element when it comes to healthy skin and glossy coat. Pets need an assortment of nutrients, including omega fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and protein. Feeding your animal a high quality food can make all the difference. You may even want to add vegetables to your pet’s food like, carrots, celery and broccoli.

Proper hydration is also necessary while your animal is shedding. A dehydrated animal is prone to dry skin, which causes itching, flaking and excessive shedding. You may also wish to give your pet extra oils for their skin such as adding a capful of olive oil to their food dish; this will help promote moisturized skin and possibly reduce shedding.

To promote healthy skin, glossy coat and maintain strength of the hair shaft and follicle try: Skin and Coat Tonic™

Your pet’s overall health is important, and their skin and coat is no exception. If your pet seems to be shedding more than expected, seek advice from your veterinarian.


Product Questions? Ask Our Pet Experts

Question:

"My 12 year old Rottie has started to lose an excessive amount of fur. She has always shed heavily; this just seems to be different. Should I be concerned?"

Amy

Answer:.

We would recommend our Skin and Coat Tonic, which contains a combination of specially selected herbs, nutrients and biochemic tissue salts known for their tonic and supportive function on the skin and coat. Regular use of Skin and Coat Tonic will quickly help to support shine and systemic health in the skin and coat, leaving your pet looking and feeling in peak condition.


Warm regards,

The PetAlive Team

 


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