Longer days and warmer weather tell us that spring and summer have arrived, but with that is one of the not so favorite seasons for dog and cat owners, shedding season. Unless you own a hairless or non-shedding animal, the flying hair unavoidable and we know this means brushing, combing, sweeping and vacuuming. Triggered by the changes in daylight and temperature, shedding is a natural process for many animals to get rid of the thick winter coat. Even in the off seasons, dead and damaged hair falls out to be replaced with new. Breed, age and hair type play a big role but some dogs and cats will shed more than others. If you keep brushing them with no end in sight or think to yourself “they never stop shedding”, it may be a sign of something more than the seasonal shedding. Disease and age can affect the skin and coat causing excess hair loss, but dogs and cats can also miss certain nutrients from their diet that cause them to have and have dry, dull coats.
Many dog and cat owners have found success with adding omega fatty acids to their pet’s diet to improve the quality of their hair coat and alleviate excessive shedding. Omega 3 fatty acids can help promote hair growth, strength, and luster. They also act as a moisturizer for dry, flaky skin and improve skin tone and strength. Additional benefits include support for brain and heart health. One of the top favorites at VetRxDirect is O3 Omega.
O3 Omega contains essential fatty acids for dogs and cats. Formulated with vitamins A, D, E as well as EPA and DHA from fish oil, it supports skin and haircoat coat as well as immune and joint health. With several different dosing options, you can choose what’s easiest: capsules, snip tips, pump liquid, soft chews and mini-bites for dogs and cats of all sizes.
Probiotics are a source of the beneficial microbes or bacteria that help replace and boost those existing in the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics can promote healthy intestinal function and manage diarrhea or irregularity. Both people and animals alike have natural microbes or “flora” that naturally live on the lining of their intestines. These are types of bacterias and yeasts that help digest and absorb nutrients from food and defend against “bad” bacteria from taking up residence. Keeping a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut is not only important for proper digestion but also for the immune system. They help protect the body against illness and disease. The natural flora is fragile and can easily be diminished by medications like antibiotics or painkillers, poor diet, disease or stress. This can make your dog or cat susceptible to digestive upsets like diarrhea, gas, and cramping.
Providing a probiotic supplement to your dog or cat can help replace the damaged bacteria and keep a healthy balance. They can also improve the digestive process by breaking down nutrients in the diet so they can easily be absorbed and used by the body.
Fortiflora contains a special strain of probiotics designed specifically for dogs and cats. With 100 million live active cultures, it helps replenish and balance the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. FortiFlora also has a high level of antioxidants which help support the immune system and protect against disease. FortiFlora is ideal for times when your dog or cat is under stress, has eaten something inappropriate, is on antibiotics, has soft stools, diarrhea, or gas. It may also be given daily to maintain normal digestion and regularity. Plus, the great tasting powder is easily sprinkled on your pet’s food. Like any supplement, always consult your veterinarian before using it and always follow their specific directions.