Learn how to take care of your pet's SKIN in hot weather!

It is important to take care of your pet’s skin all year round, but especially in summer!

Dogs and cats usually spend more time outdoors and are more susceptible to skin problems such as itchy, dry or flaky skin, hot spots, dull coat, allergies, fleabite dermatitis, bacterial and fungal infections.

Here are useful tips to help you to protect and care for your pet’s skin during the warmer months.

1. Feed a healthy, well balanced diet

What you feed your pet will reflect in the overall condition of his skin. Feed your pet a high-quality diet which consists of all the essential vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy skin and coat.

All natural diets are extremely beneficial for skin health because they do not contain any preservatives, additives or colourants.

Try DoggoBone Raw Active Food for dogs or Vondi’s Cooked Foods which consists of organic meat, fresh veggies and herbs. They are available in various flavours which your pet will love!
Visit Feelgood Health at Unit 6, Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town or call 021 797 0193 for these pet foods.
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2. Regular grooming

Practice a regular grooming routine to keep your pooch or kitty’s skin and coat in tip top condition. Brush your pet’s coat daily to prevent matting and allow the air to circulate down to the skin.

Long-haired dogs and cats are prone to mats and experience lots of discomfort if the excessive hair is not removed as it prevents the skin from breathing and encourages moist, warm spots that are prone to fungal and other infections.

As dogs spend more time outdoors during summer, they may need to be bathed more frequently. Use a gentle and soothing shampoo for their skin such as Vondi's Tick & Flea Pet Shampoo which also repels fleas.

It’s important not to bath your dog too much or use harsh chemicals as excessive bathing can strip the natural protective oils from the skin.
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3. Use a flea and tick control program

Fleas are prevalent all year round but they are more common in the warmer months.

If your pet is itching and scratching constantly or losing his hair, it may be as a result of a flea infestation. Just one bite of a flea can cause an allergic reaction in susceptible animals and intense itching, scratching and licking.

Make sure you treat your pet for fleas and ticks with a vet recommended flea and tick product once monthly – these products are available in shampoos, sprays, powders or capsules.

For pets that have developed flea bite dermatitis, use AllergiClear - naturally prevents allergies in dogs and cats and reduces and prevents the symptoms of allergic dermatitis, flea bite dermatitis or enhaled allergens. 
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4. Treat allergies

Pets can develop skin allergies as a result of flea bite dermatitis, certain food ingredients as well as environmental irritants such as dust, mould, cleaning chemicals, smoke, fabrics (wool, cotton), pollen or grass.

Allergies are not always easy to treat because you have to know what is causing the allergy. Consult your vet for a more accurate diagnosis if you can’t rule out what is causing the allergy.

Natural allergy remedies for dogs and cats can help to prevent the allergic response, whatever its cause.

If airbourne allergies are making your pet’s life a misery, try AllergiClear Pets which is a herbal remedy to reduce and prevent allergy symptoms. This remedy acts as a natural antihistamine and also supports your pet’s immune system. Use AllergiClear Pets in combination with Allergy Itch Ease, a 100% homeopathic remedy to reduce itching and scratching quickly.
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5.  Reduce summer shedding

Many pets shed hair in summer to get rid of their winter coats. Shedding is very frustrating for pet owners who have to clean up excess hair! While it is perfectly natural for some pets to shed their winter coats, others shed hair because of skin problems, vitamin and nutritional deficiencies or metabolic disorders.

The best way to manage shedding is with regular brushing and combing and feeding your pet a healthy, well balanced diet.

Supplement your dog or cat’s skin by giving him Skin & Coat Tonic which contains a selection of herbal ingredients to boost and strengthen the condition of the skin and coat.
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6.  Protect delicate skin

Your pet’s skin needs protection from the sun just like you do. Light skinned dogs and cats also experience sun burn, especially on the tips of their noses and ears, which can increase the risk of skin cancer.

If your dog goes hiking with you or enjoys long walks, you need to apply a vet recommended sun screen on his skin like SunFreeto prevent skin damage. It may be a good idea to take your dog on walks or hikes when it is cooler.

Cats are also susceptible to sun exposure even if they are mainly indoor cats. White-haired or light-skinned cats enjoy lying outdoors in the sun or sleeping in window sills. This increases their risk of developing skin cancer on the tips of their ears – referred to as squamous cell carcinoma.

Use C Caps, a natural remedy which retards the growth of malignant tumours and strengthens and supports a compromised immune system for pets that have skin or other cancers. 

Remember to always apply a vet recommended sunscreen to your kitty’s ears to protect him from the harsh rays of the sun, especially if he is a white or light coloured cat.  
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