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Dandruff and mats in dogs and cats

The appearance of the pet can tell a lot not only about the quality of care for him, but also about his health. An unbalanced diet, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, the use of inappropriate means for grooming, adverse environmental factors – all this is immediately imprinted on the appearance of a dog or cat. For example, in the form of dandruff and colts, which are especially often formed in pets in the autumn. Let’s see what this is connected with.

Causes of dandruff and coltus in dogs and cats
All summer the pet had a beautiful, shiny coat. But September came, and it became dull, began to become electrified and confused, and in addition dandruff appeared. Common situation?

Most often, dry skin, dandruff and tartar in dogs and cats occur in the autumn and spring. This is due to the change of season: the body changes to a new light mode, experiences stress, immunity decreases, with an insufficiently balanced diet or poor appetite there is a lack of vitamins, etc. During the walk, the dogs experience all the delights of a climate change in the form of sudden changes in temperature and bad weather. In autumn, heating starts to work in the houses, and the air becomes dry. All these factors affect the well-being of the pet and its appearance: the skin dries up, dandruff forms, and the hair becomes weaker.

Add to this the shortcomings in the care of a cat or dog, which the owners allow by inexperience or carelessness, and the list of causes of dandruff and tartan will increase several times. It is enough to wash the pet with the wrong shampoo to cause an allergic reaction, dandruff and dermatitis. And the irregular combing of animals with medium and long hair leads to the formation of tangles, which significantly spoil the appearance of the animal and are difficult to deal with.

Dandruff and mats in dogs and cats
Another common cause of dry skin and dandruff is insufficient fluid intake. This is often the case with cats: by nature, they consume less water than dogs. But if the cat drinks little water and at the same time eats only dry food, the water balance in its body is disturbed. Hence the dryness and dandruff.

In some cases, diseases of the internal organs lead to problems with the skin and coat. Through dandruff, dermatitis, dullness and hair loss, gastrointestinal tract disorders or endocrine diseases can occur. In any case, consultation with a veterinarian will be useful. It is better to play it safe and take your pet for examination.

In our next article “Healthy skin, beautiful coat” we will tell you how to maintain the appearance of the pet in perfect condition.

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