Skin Health

Healthy Skin Condition


Skin and coat issues are the leading cause for dogs and cats to be taken to the vet. The skin is the largest and one of the most important organs in the body and along with the coat gives us an indication of the overall health of our pets. By employing a holistic approach, the entire body can be maintained in optimal health, which will be reflected in the condition of the skin and coat.

Vibrant health is achieved by providing a nutritious natural diet and regular exercise along with plenty of love, scratches behind the ear and tummy rubs. By also giving or using natural products to support the body’s natural defences you can be sure that your pet will be getting the very best care to maintain optimum health and vitality throughout his life.

A lackluster, brittle or coarse coat, dandruff or oily skin are often considered a normal part of life but they can be an outward sign of sub optimal health on the inside. In the summer, fleas or seasonal allergies may be the cause – many pets are sensitive to flea saliva as well as certain types of pollen, grass and weeds. Traveling to new areas can also wreak havoc with a sensitive dog, if he comes into contact with new seasonal allergens, to which he hasn’t previously been exposed. Other possible environmental irritants in the home include detergents used to wash blankets and bedding, household cleaners, or sprays used in the yard.

Natural skin remedies

A holistic approach to maintaining healthy skin and coat aims to help the body heal itself by supporting the immune system and where possible, reduce exposure to the seasonal allergens that may be causing the problem. In addition providing natural products and supplements that don’t have adverse effects an ideal approach.

Following are some of the more common natural remedies that can be used to support skin health. As always, if you are concerned about your dog’s skin health a visit to your veterinarian is always the best first step.

Calendula for pet skin

Herbal remedies

Calendula: Calendula is an herb, a flower in fact, that is well known for maintaining skin health, this time from the outside, in. It is used traditionally to soothe and comfort skin and is a safe option. It is available specifically for pets as gels, sprays and creams. You can also make a tea by steeping calendula flowers in hot water, allowing it to cool and then apply the tea to the skin.

Aloe Vera: Also an herb, Aloe Vera is soothing to the skin and can be used topically. Traditionally available as a gel it can be applied directly to the skin.

Healthy greens

Get your greens!

Not only are greens recommended to maintain our own health, they can also be beneficial to dogs! In Chinese Medicine, greens such as dandelion leaves, spinach, lettuce and celery are known as cooling foods. As we mentioned earlier sometimes we need to look further than skin deep; these cooling greens support and nourish the liver, which may in turn benefit skin health.

Fish oil

Go fish!

Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids (EFA’s) can be very helpful and supportive to the skin. EFA’s can be found in good quality fish or plant-based oils.

Doggy bath time

Bath time!

Most dogs, unless they get very dirty, generally only need to be bathed once a month. Ideally dogs should be bathed in a natural, soap-free shampoo to ensure that the healthy oils on the surface of the skin are not stripped away. The oils on the skin allow the skin to remain supple and provide a natural, protective barrier.

Natural oatmeal shampoos are soothing to the skin and help to maintain healthy skin and coat. To make an easy DIY oatmeal bath, I like to take a few handfuls of rolled oats, grind in the coffee grinder into a powder and then add to warm water to create a milky bath. Dog-specific natural oatmeal shampoos are also available through veterinarians and pet retailers. Human shampoo should never be used on dogs as we have different skin and it may be irritating to your dog.

dog brush

Give him a brush!

Most dogs and cats enjoy being brushed and you can use this time as a way to bond with your pet. Some cats, especially, do have a time limit and will let you know when your time is up, so strategic brushing may be required! Left side today, right side tomorrow! Cats are excellent self-groomers and are well known for keeping themselves in tiptop shape but did you know that up to 2/3 of the fur a cat sheds is ingested during grooming? By grooming your dog or cat you are helping them out by removing dead hair, which certainly makes them feel better.

As our pets get older they may have trouble reaching certain areas of their body to groom, especially on the back legs and chest. You may notice age related mats of fur developing as a result. So, in older pets it is even more important to help them out by grooming on a regular basis.

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As in people a healthy, natural diet is the cornerstone to good health. A healthy diet supports a healthy immune system, which in turn supports good skin and coat health. What goes in really does show on the outside! There are a number of diets to choose from for pets from commercial dry food to a natural raw food diet. It is best to research the topic yourself in consultation with your veterinarian and find a solution that works best for you and your pet.

Vivamune Health Chews for Pets


Vivamune: Vivamune contains a pure source of concentrated, naturally occurring oxidized plant carotenoids. That is certainly a mouthful but essentially Vivamune contains all the good stuff from orange vegetables such as carrots. This naturally occurring substance has been shown in clinical trials to support and promote healthy skin and coat condition. Every dog is different so some dogs that have not responded to other skin supplements may respond to Vivamune which contains a unique active ingredient. Vivamune can be taken with other supplements such as fish oils.

Vivamune has been used widely across the US by pet parents who frequently report how Vivamune has helped their pets’ skin condition. Read their testimonials here.

Vivamune works from the inside out to support the immune system, which shows in a healthy skin and coat on the outside.

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