Maintaining your pet’s grooming is important to the health and well-being of your best fur-iend. Vital Essentials® cares about the overall quality of life of all canine and feline companions, which is why we’re bringing you Monday Makeover Grooming Tips and Tricks each week. You can read about Dog and Cat nail clipping, Dog and Cat ear cleaning, Dog and Cat dental care, and Dog and Cat bathing in our other blog posts. 

A healthy skin and coat plays a vital role in your dog or cat’s overall comfort. Your pet’s coat should be soft, shiny and odorless. An unhealthy skin and coat will be dull, dry or brittle, excessively greasy and may have an odor. Pets with an unhealthy coat may lose clumps of hair or shed excessively; they may also need to be groomed more frequently.  

Although there are many different factors that can lead to skin and coat problems, your pet’s diet has a direct effect on their skin and coat. A diet high in carbohydrates and processed ingredients can lead to a smelly, flakey coat. Your pet may also develop food allergies due to the yeasts and starches in commercial kibble, or the various protein and vegetable sources. Food allergies can cause itching, discomfort, discoloration of your pet’s fur, inflammation and infection. 

A raw diet, such as Vital Essentials, promotes a healthy immune system which helps produce a smooth, shiny, odorless coat. This grain free, gluten free food offers a single protein source, such as beef, turkey, duck, rabbit or chicken, which reduces the risk of allergies developing. The amino acids found in these protein sources benefit your dog or cat’s coat and the nutrients found in a raw diet can actually help reduce shedding which means less trips to the groomer for your pet.  

Supplementing your pet’s diet with foods high in Omega-3 fish oils such as those found in Wild Alaskan Salmon Freeze-Dried Treats and Salmon Skins for cats, or Freeze-Dried Treats and Salmon Skins for dogs, can also reduce inflammation and help ease your pet’s shedding which means less fur around the home.

Just remember to switch to a purely raw diet slowly. If you take 10 to 14 days to gradually transition your pet’s diet it will give their digestive system time to adjust to the new food.

The essential fatty acids found in a raw diet have been shown to aid in the growth of thick, healthy fur which means less time spent grooming and more time for snuggles! But don’t just take our word for it, you can read Testimonials from pet parents on our website. To learn more, check out our other Blog Posts, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit the Vital Essentials Website and enter your email to receive exclusive offers.