Even before summer is over we have to think about the new term, and returning to the routine of school or work. These changes can be seen in our pets too. With the arrival of fall, the seasonal molt can be expected...
Fall’s little problems
The return to school/work is a tricky period of transition not just for pet-owners, but also for pets themselves. It often comes with a change in routine: for animals whose owners work, it can mean long days indoors, in confined, heated surroundings and a few perfunctory walks. It is also the prelude to fall, with the onset of colder weather, wind, rain, etc. Dogs and cats will shed their summer fur and get their winter coat; in some circumstances this seasonal molting can be excessive or last for an unusually long time.
Not counting the potential appearance of concurrent problems that affect the skin or coat: dandruff, brittle claws, redness, itching, dull coat, etc. These problems can have many causes, and are not specific to the fall season. Contributing factors include deficiencies, of either dietary or biological origin. The skin is an important organ that is constantly renewing itself, which consumes a large share of the nutrients provided in the diet. Any imbalance in the intake or assimilation of amino acids, essential fatty acids (EFAs), vitamins or trace elements can disrupt the skin’s functions as a barrier and in immune protection.
The post-holiday period is thus a good time to check in with your vet in order to detect any skin disorders or deficiencies, or simply discuss the best way of keeping your pet healthy. After a full clinical examination and a review of your pet’s diet (possibly followed by blood and urine tests), the practitioner will prescribe suitable foods or adjust the ration. She/he may also suggest a short course of specific supplements given orally, with essential fatty acids, vitamins, trace elements, etc.
There are also other ways of giving supplements, particularly the topical application of EFAs, i.e. applying them directly to the skin, where they are most needed.
Dr. Isabelle Mennecier, veterinarian
Dermoscent® has developed several solutions to meet animals’ needs.
Essential 6® spot-on, rich in EFAs from plant oils, essential oils and vitamin E, hydrates the skin, restores its natural balance, makes the coat glossier and reduces dandruff and hair shedding. It is applied directly to the animal’s skin.
Keravita® food supplement, rich in phytokeratin, vitamins (B5, B8, B6, B3 and E) and trace elements (zinc), providing sheen and vitality to the coat, strengthens the claws and slows hair loss. It comes in the form of tasty chewable tablets.
Essential 6® spot-on and/or Keravita® are an ideal program for kick-starting the new term and getting into form for winter.
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