The old saying you are what you eat holds equally true for your pets as well as for humans. A well balanced diet is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system and healthy skin. Following a good pet grooming program can alleviate a lot of potential problems.
Did you know that up to 30% of the daily protein requirement in dogs and cats can be used for the replacement of dead skin and hair? Obviously proteins play a major role in maintaining the integrity of your pets skin and coat. Deficiencies can arise either from rations that are low in protein or contain poor sources of protein. Diseases such as parasitism or malnutrition can also rob the body of needed proteins.
Signs of protein deficiency can include a dry, rough, thin coat, with or without bald spots, flaky skin and abnormal shedding cycles.
Adult dogs need roughly 20 percent of their daily energy as proteins. Puppies and kittens need even more. Most of the commercial dog and cat foods are engineered to satisfy these requirements. However not all are created equal, you should choose a ration that contains protein from multiple food sources to ensure your pet gets a well balanced meal.
Beware however of foods labels high in protein, in fact most researchers feel that such a diet fed to your pet long term could seriously impair kidney function.
Always consult your veterinarian before putting your pet on any new diet. Vitamins and minerals are required for healthy skin and hair. However, they should never be used indiscriminately to treat skin conditions or disorders. Giving your pet large amounts of one particular vitamin or mineral could actually lead to other deficiencies.
When it comes to how our bodies operate we are not that much different than our furry friends. The rules that apply to our own good nutrition also generally work for our pets. Always insure that your dog or cat gets regular checkups to insure that he or she is eating the proper diet and getting the right amount of nutrition. Remember good pet grooming and good nutrition habits will keep your best friend healthy and happy.