Supporting Healthy Skin & Coat for Pets

Health and Care / 18 September 2020

Pet parents often notice skin issues or their pets coat not looking as healthy as it used to. It’s a fairly common concern and nutrition can go a long way to solving.

Causes of Skin & Coat Issues

Many skin and coat concerns can actually be caused by an imbalanced diet. Treats are a great way to show love to our pets. But when we over-treat, the complete and balanced food becomes can become imbalanced. That’s why we always recommend feeding no more than 10% of your pet’s diet from treats. You can learn more about that in this article.

But when our pets get 20%, 30% or even 40% of their diet from treats or table scraps, what they’re eating on a daily basis is no longer complete and balanced. The ratios of important vitamins can now be wrong. The amounts of a certain minerals can go beyond healthy levels. 

For example, if your dog consumes too much calcium in a day, it will impact the body’s ability to absorb the zinc it needs. And zinc is one of the critical nutrients that helps keep your pup’s skin and coat healthy. This is just one of many examples of how when even one nutrient is off, it can impact health.

Stopping Skin Coat Issues

If your pet is having itchy skin or their coat doesn’t look as healthy as it should, we always recommend stopping treating for 30 days completely. Stop giving dental bones, treats, table scraps, etc. Just go back to a complete and balanced food and nothing else. Let your pet’s body reset itself.

However, if you think your pet is struggling with seasonal allergies, rashes, or anything that just looks off, make sure to make an appointment with your veterinarian for a full diagnosis. There are skin and coat issues that aren’t linked to nutrition.

Improving Skin & Coat Long Term

Beyond ensuring your pet eats a complete and balanced diet, healthy fats from Omega 3 and Omega 6 sources also help support skin and coat. Adding in a low-calorie functional treat that has the right ratio of these two fatty acids can go a long way to keeping skin and coat healthy. LIQ offers a great treat for both dogs and cats that is low calorie, so it doesn’t disrupt your pet’s overall food regimen, and boosts the levels of these two healthy fats.