Why are Skin Conditions Important?
A pet’s skin and coat are one of the most visible signs of vitality and health. An animal’s skin is very sensitive – especially for dogs and cats. Although their skin secretes natural oil that helps to keep coats shiny and skin moisturized, an animal’s skin is in contact with the environment, and they lack the protection that clothes give us. Although they have extensive hair coats, fleas, allergies and parasites can wreak havoc on the skin.
What Causes Unhealthy Skin Condition?
Good nutrition is essential for normal, healthy skin. This relies greatly on giving your pet an adequate supply of nutrients, including protein, fatty acids, zinc, copper, vitamin A and B vitamins. Certain animals may have genetic or metabolic differences that may lead to skin and coat condition. Unhealthy treats and poor quality pet food may also result in skin problems and an unhealthy, uneven coat.
Diagnosing Skin Condition Problems
Conditions related to skin condition include:
Help for Skin Condition
There are many lotions and sprays on the market to help keep an animal’s coat and skin in healthy and in good condition (keep in mind that many lotions and sprays contain synthetic chemicals). Dietary supplements are also available – however, these should be sourced from a reputable company.
There are many safe and natural herbal and homeopathic remedies for animals suffering from skin problems. Althaea officinalis root (marshmallow) is an excellent and well-known remedy for soothing the skin – while Melaleuca alternifolia can be used externally for promoting skin health and keeping the skin clean. Homeopathic remedies such as Ledum and Apis have excellent soothing properties and are particularly useful in soothing inflamed and irritated skin, helping to keep the condition of the skin healthy.