Feline & Canine ProDerma | Advanced Veterinary Nutrition
The largest organ system in the dog and cat is the skin. Along with the hair coat, the skin acts as the primary barrier against insects, bacteria, parasites, and weather. Unfortunately, the skin and hair coat are on the bottom of the nutritional priority system. This may be why we see more skin and coat problems than anything else these days. Hello, I’m Dr. Bill Barnett. The majority of today’s pet foods only provide minimum maintenance levels of protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. So when nutrient needs go up such as we see during increased activity, reproduction, injury, disease, or stress, the skin and hair coat get left behind as essential nutrients get shuffled to higher priority systems in the body. Providing additional food just to replace skin and hair coat nutrients is not a good idea. More food equals, more calories, equals unnecessary weight gain. Plus, we know that obesity negatively affects the skin and hair coat of both dogs and cats. I recommend the use of skin and hair coat supplementation. One that provides specific skin and hair coat nutrients in a concentrated form and does not increase the daily caloric intake of the animal. Skin and coat support benefits include healthier skin, luxurious hair coats, reduced shedding, less itching and scratching, and fewer hairball problems in cats. For more information on how to improve skin and hair coat health and which specific ingredients are needed to maintain these organ systems read the web section titled professional skin and coat support with pro derma.