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Skin and coat health

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Shine Inside and Out

Thousands of pets each year participate in shows, where the audience ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ at their creative talent, huge personality and beautifully shiny coat. You don’t have to watch from the sidelines; a healthy dog or cat, with a bit of extra help, will shine (inside and out). 
If you’re noticing your pet’s coat is losing its shine, there’s a few things you can do. First, you should be aware of the needs of the breed. Some animals will need regular brushing and haircuts to protect their coats from tangling, pulling or weighing the animal down. Regular grooming will disperse the oils through the pet’s fur from their skin, similar to the way human being brush their hair. If you’re keeping up with an appropriate grooming routine, including washing, there are other things you can look out for. 

It is possible a medical condition is the reason for your pet’s declining coat health. Things like: 
Alopecia or other hair loss issues,  
Skin allergies, including eczema or something similar 
Fleas and ticks  
 Digestive problems 

If you are concerned about any of this, it is best to consult a vet. A vet can identify the issue and prescribe something to help improve your animal’s quality of life, including the shine of their coat.

If you can’t identify any symptoms of the above conditions, the next step is to look at diet. Things like oil production, hydration, nutrition and exercise are all related to coat health and diet. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are important fatty acids which aid the body in maintaining hydration and regulating oil production. These fatty acids can be found in plant produce like pepitas and flax meal, which are featured in our food packs. Omega fatty acids are better processed in an animal’s body through a meat source, which is why our food packs also contain fatty acids from fish (sardines, tuna, swordfish).  

Other parts of our food packs, including hydration from seasonal vegetables and organic raw meats, carbohydrates and proteins for energy and regeneration.  In the same way a balanced diet is important for heart health, brain health and joint health, skin and coat health can be impacted by food. 

 You can read more about the benefits of our food packs for your furry friends in the product descriptions on our website. If your dog or cat has tried our Bella & Boots packs and enjoyed them, we’d love to know. You can tag us on social media @bella_nboots or fill out our Pet of the Fortnight form here to win a 700g food pack.                   

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