Health is skin deep

Treat your fe­line to TLC for top wellness, in­side and out

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Better Pets -

Does Great Catsby keep scratch­ing, bit­ing, lick­ing or chew­ing his skin and paws? Or have you no­ticed ex­ces­sive shed­ding or dull, greasy or flaky patches on the skin? There are a num­ber of el­e­ments that may be caus­ing your fur baby’s lack­lus­tre coat.

The most ob­vi­ous cul­prits are poor nutri­tion, lack of groom­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal ir­ri­tants. But did you know it could also be due to anx­i­ety? Cer­tain foods and groom­ing prod­ucts can also ir­ri­tate the skin and cause an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion. Also, watch for hair loss caused by ring­worm (fun­gus) – the most com­mon con­ta­gious skin in­fec­tion in cats. It can in­fect the skin, hair and nails. Oh, and fleas, of course!

The good news is you can treat many com­mon skin con­di­tions with vet­eri­nary-tai­lored meds and nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments packed with na­ture’s good­ness. Im­prov­ing nutri­tion, es­pe­cially with omega fatty acids, will help to keep skin healthy and help make Me­owly Cyrus shine! For ex­am­ple, Fe­line Omega­derm from Ve­ta­log­ica, ve­ta­log­ica.com.au, is pow­ered by omega oils, zinc and an­tiox­i­dants to help re­plen­ish skin oils for cats with dry, flaky skin. For ad­vice on man­ag­ing your cat’s skin and coat health, con­sult your vet and check out fe­line­friend­ly­care.com.

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