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Healthy Skin for Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help maintain a shiny, healthy coat and to help repair dull, dry coat in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. With so many pet parents wondering why and how to best support immunity in their dogs and cats, this article will highlight its role and provide practical suggestions. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

A shiny healthy coat is usually a sign of a healthy immune system. Without proper nutrition, your animal's coat may become brittle, thin and fall out. While many factors influence a healthy coat, nutrition is crucial. The right balance of protein, carbohydrates and minerals are essential in keeping your pet’s coat healthy.

Overwhelmingly, commercial and big box chain pet food brands do not contain high quality ingredients and will likely contain corn, wheat, soy, and other questionable ingredients which do not support health nutrition or coat, nails and hair. Home cooked pet foods (preferably using organic produce) may provide improved nutrition but will probably still require supplementation to deliver balanced nutrition. Raw food diets are another option, but nutrient assimilation should also be complimented with full spectrum supplements that ensure balanced nutrition. Regardless of diet, your pet's coat requires specific nutrients to produce natural oils to help keep the skin and hair follicles hydrated, moisturized and protected naturally.

Although you may not realize it, worms and internal parasites can also sap vital nutrients from your dog or cat’s system, causing harm internally as well as deplete the body's nutrient reserve, resulting often in a poor coat. Fleas and ticks can also wreak havoc on an animal’s coat. Severe itchiness will most likely lead to consistent scratching, hot spots and weeping skin, leading your pet’s coat to look ‘patchy’ and uneven. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Marine and herbal extracts function as natural, first aid tool and antiseptic against infection, help to keep wounds clean, help soothe the skin and support the natural healing process, help promote healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats through proper nutrition, nutrient assimilation and blood circulation, help maintain healthy and strong skin, bones, claws, fur and hair follicle health, and help support healthy cellular and immune response. 

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogeic immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may  help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion; may help to fight off allergies and infections.

The Daily Paws  (learn more) is used as a multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) as a natural adaptogen, it helps to nutritionally tone the animal body and helps to reduce system-wise metabolic stress; helps promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy); for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) provides critical vitamins, amino and fatty acids and trace macro and micronutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, to help nutritionally support a balanced immune system; to help support healthy skin and coat;  as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Helpful suggestion: 

For dogs and cats, a healthy coat depends on great nutrition, filtered water as well as proper grooming. To remove matted, tangled longer hair, you may try using a special brush, such as a Furminator. Grooming brushes will help to remove dead surface hair and dead skin cells, also helping to distribute the natural oil on the coat.

Your vet should perform a fecal examination during a routine check up to look for worms.

 

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