Information about Skin & Coat Supplements

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Skin & Coat Supplements

Healthy coats are grown, not groomed. And they need proper nutrition, including essential fatty acids to grow. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are those that must be present in the diet to avoid deficiencies.


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Omega 3 is desirable for dogs with allergies, arthritis, auto-immune disorders and some types of kidney disease. Omega 3 may also be beneficial for dogs with learning or cognitive problems, asthma, heart disease, cancer, digestive disease or seborrhea. The omega 3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA ) is also important in relieving itching from allergies. Several trials have shown their effectiveness in reducing itching in some dogs after several weeks.

The best source of Omega 3 is fish oil. Although fish liver oil (the infamous cod liver oil of yesteryear) is also rich in Omega 3, don't be tempted to use it. It contains a high concentration of Vitamin A and D, which can in turn be harmful for your dog's liver. Stick with whole-body cold-water fish oil, that from salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna.

Omega 6 is vital for maintaining healthy skin and fur. Deficiencies cause dry, flaky, sometimes greasy, skin, with dull fur that is apt to fall out. Omega 6 is helpful in treating seborrhea.

Omega 6 fatty acids are found in vegetable oils, such as flaxseed, soybean, sunflower, safflower or corn oil; and to a lesser extent, poultry and pork fat. Of these, fortified flaxseed oil is considered optimal; it has high levels of omega 6 but is low in saturated fats and calories.

Our supplements are composed of optimal levels of essential fatty acids to grow your dog's coat from the inside.

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