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Skin Care Advice

Why do pets suffer from skin problems?

Dry Skin Cycle

A pets skin and coat can be a crucial indicator of their overall health. Flaky skin, sores and constant paw chewing can all be indications that your pet may be suffering from a skin condition. The cause is often as a result of one of a number of different triggers that are constantly present in a pets daily life. These contributing factors when added to a pet’s already sensitive skin can lead to the endless cycle of itching, scratching and chewing. When a pet shows signs of dry, irritable skin patches, their skin may not be producing enough oil and fats to help retain moisture. Similarly to humans, a pets skin requires regular cleansing, moisturising and nourishment to remain supple and smooth.
Dogs such as West Highland Terriers are particularly vulnerable to suffer from dry skin and are more likely to suffer due to exposure to environmental factors such as dust mites, pollen and allergens as their skin does not retaining enough moisture. This allows irritants to pass through the skin more easily which leads to the red sore areas which can cause discomfort.

 

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What can I do to help?

To help maintain healthy, supple, flake-free skin we offer a wide range of products. Follow the 3 step programme for best results:

Step 1

Cleanse & Disinfect

Regular shampooing with ExmaRid specially formulated shampoo is the first step in treating dry, scaly, itchy skin. The ExmaRid shampoos can be used frequently as part of a pet skincare regime leaving their skin in beautiful condition whilst helping to prevent further out breaks of scurfy and flaky skin.

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Step 2

Moisturise & Cool

There are a wide range of ExmaRid skincare products for your pet that will help to sooth and cool most types of skin problems, be it sore, dry or moist. After shampooing choose one of the ExmaRid creams, lotions or balms to help soothe irritation on the immediately affected areas.

Step 3

Nutritional Supplementation

By supplementing the diet with one of our nutritional products on a daily basis, pet owners can help to improve the condition of the pet’s skin and coat from the inside out. Containing natural ingredients that have been proven to offer skin-soothing properties, the ExmaRid & Vetzyme Dry Skin ranges have been specifically formulated for pets prone to skin problems.

What it all does...

GLA - Evening Primrose Oil & Starflower Oil are natural sources rich in GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid). GLA is essential to the diet as pets cannot product beneficial amounts themselves and they therefore rely on dietary supplementation. The body needs GLA to produce a hormone like compound that is a key molecule for maintaining healthy skin. Starflower Oil is three times richer in GLA than Evening Primrose Oil and is therefore a rich source of nutritional GLA for pets prone to developing moderate to severe skin problems.

Vitamin B-Complex - The B-complex vitamins are essential in helping to maintain a healthy skin and coat through producing good skin cells regularly. Several of the vitamins in the B-complex play a specific role in promoting healthy skin to retain its moisture and nourishment form the inside. Deficiency in the B-complex vitamins can lead to discomfort caused by dry, flaky and irritated skin and therefore a daily intake of these vitamins is needed to keep the skin in peak condition.

Tea Tree Oil - Tea Tree Oil has traditionally been used for centuries as an antibacterial aid. Recent research also supports the use of Tea Tree Oil in the care of skin. Tea Tree Oil blends easily with the skin’s natural oils to help promote the maintenance of healthy skin and aid in the removal of harmful bacteria.

Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera helps to restore the protective barrier between the skin and the outside environment. It can also encourage the growth of normal healthy cells.

Cade Oil - Cade Oil is a natural anti-scurf alternative to coal tar and is derived from the juniper tree. Cade Oil helps to calm the skin and is also excellent for oily & congested skin.

Calamine - Calamine is used to soothe itchiness. It can be applied to areas that are showing soreness from scratching.

Vitamin E - Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are harmful by-products of the environment such as sunlight, smoke & pollution with which the skin comes into contact.