Pets’ coat and skin: much more than a matter of appearance

We all want our pets to have a shiny and soft coat to the touch; skin health and care are essential for this.

When talking about our pets’ appearance, one of the first things that comes to mind is a soft and shiny coat, but did you know about the direct relation existing with the skin health? There is a specific relation with the skin barrier, the most superficial layer acting as the main defense against environmental aggressors, like sun, smog, allergens, tobacco smoke, etc. In fact, a soft and shiny coat or fur resembles the health of your pet.

Dogs and cats have specific needs as to skin health and care, and in both cases, the key to have healthy pets is giving them the best care. If we want our pets to look good and feel better, several aspects should be considered, from baths and nutrition, to products applied on their coat or fur.

When the skin barrier is damaged, there are some signals that should call our attention: dry or scaly skin, dull coat, hair loss, red areas, excessive itching or unpleasant odor. A proper hygiene and a regular visit to the Vet will help to early detect skin alterations, and correct them on time.

Here you have some tips to take into account for your pets’ skin and coat care:

• It is essential to offer them a good quality nutrition, since the type and origin of nutrients as well as a perfectly balanced diet is reflected on the skin health.
Frequent brushing is paramount, specially for long-haired breeds and breeds with continuously growing hair. By brushing, you remove “dead” hair and prevent hair mats formation.
• In cats, regular brushing is also important, specially in older cats, since they frequently cannot groom themselves close to the tail due to joint pain and this causes hair mats formation.
Baths are also very important: they contribute to the hygiene and help to sweep away allergens.
Keep warm temperatures for bath water and for drying.
Use hypoallergenic, nutritive and colorant-free products, to restore the protective skin barrier, such as Labyderm Skin Soldier, a PH-balanced shampoo that cleanses without damaging the skin.
Blow drying after bath may dehydrate the skin, so it is important not to expose your pet to high temperatures when drying their hair.
• After the bath and drying, it is convenient to rehydrate the skin quickly, and for that, we suggest applying Labyderm Bioforce, an after-shower spray that brings the shine and silkiness to the hair, while hydrating the skin and deodorizing the coat.
• To protect the skin and coat for a longer time, use Labyderm Premium Cover, an ampule that works from the deep skin barrier, and allows long-lasting effects. Initially, it is recommended a weekly application, and from then on, just a monthly maintenance. Your Vet will recommend you the ideal treatment for your pet’s skin.

Lastly, it is essential to protect your pet’s skin throughout the year: in spring or summer, skin problems increase due to the intense sun radiations, greater humidity concentrations, allergens or the contact with sea water. And during autumn or winter, the cold, the wind, dry or extremely heated places, make animals’ skin dehydrate easier. Remember: in case of any doubt, ask your Vet; medical consultation and prevention are the best allies to take care of your pet’s health.