Newsletter for Yorkie Rescue
"Dogs, for a reason that can only be described as divine,
have the ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously.
What to do about flaky skin and dry coat
By Dr. Marty Becker
Just as cold weather and indoor heating tend to make human hair and skin feel excessively dry, they can have the same effect on your pet's skin and coat as well. Fortunately, there are things you can do to maintain your pet's coat in good condition even during winter months.
- He's not being groomed often enough
- She's not being bathed often enough, or (rarely) she's getting too many baths
- There's a deficiency in his diet
- She has an underlying medical disorder
If your pet's coat is in poor condition due to one or more of these causes, winter's cold temperatures and low humidity will exacerbate the problem.
The goal should be to maintain your pet's skin and coat in optimum condition year-round to help prevent seasonal problems.
Grooming Your Pet's Coat Gets Rid of Dead Skin and Hair
If your pet's coat isn't regularly groomed (brushed in the case of dogs, self-groomed in the case of most cats), dead flaky skin tends to accumulate. This is especially a problem for dogs with double coats, because the thick long undercoat can collect and hide lots of dead skin.
Most kitties do a pretty good job grooming away their dead skin and excess hair, but
, those that are overweight, and elderly kitties often can't do a thorough job.
If your cat seems to have a lot of flaking in a particular spot, watch to see if she's able to groom in that area. If she isn't, you'll need to brush her regularly to facilitate removal of dead skin and loose hair.
Your Pet's Skin and Coat Should Dictate How Often He Needs a Bath
Too many or too few baths can cause excessively flaky skin in your pet.
A good rule of thumb is that your dog or cat should be bathed "as often as he needs it." Some dogs rarely need a bath, while others with oily or flaky skin and hair should be bathed at least weekly. The condition of your pet's skin and coat should dictate how often he gets a bath.
Some cats, long-haired kitties in particular, also occasionally need baths. A greasy or sticky-feeling coat is a sign
your cat needs a bath
. When an overweight kitty can't properly groom the back half of his body, baths are often necessary for sanitary purposes and to keep the skin healthy and free of infection.
If you live in a dry climate, your pet may need fewer baths than dogs or cats living in areas with higher humidity. As a general rule, the more humid the climate, the more skin irritation we see in pets, and the more often they need to be bathed.
Select a gentle, organic shampoo specifically designed for dogs or cats. You might also want to follow up with an all-natural, species-specific conditioner to moisturize and condition your pet's skin and coat.
Is Your Pet's Diet Deficient in Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids?
Lack of sufficient omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is a common cause of excessively flaky skin in pets. Dogs and cats need an abundance of omega-3s to be healthy "from the inside out."
Most commercial pet food is manufactured at extremely high temperatures, and since omega-3 fatty acids are very sensitive to heat and light, they are inert by the time they are packaged.
Even if you feed your
pet homemade raw meals
, if you're not following a balanced recipe that calls for extra essential fatty acids (omega-3s), your dog's or cat's diet is probably unbalanced for fatty acids. In my experience, dietary deficiency of omega-3s is the number one cause of excessively flaky skin in pets.
Whether you feed a commercial or homemade diet, you may need to supplement with essential fatty acids. My favorite is krill oil, but I also see good improvement in flaky coats when coconut oil is supplemented.
Not only are omega-3s important for your dog or cat, so is the dietary ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s. Most pet foods, whether commercial or homemade, are rich in omega-6 fatty acids.
Because the average pet diet is heavy in omega-6s, supplementing with additional omega-6s in the form of corn oil, olive oil, safflower oil, or even flax oil (which contains some vegetable sources of omega 3s, but also omega 6s) can create an imbalance serious enough to cause skin problems.
It's also important to note that dogs and cats can't convert omega-3 vegetable sources into DHA. Flax oil has some omega-3 value for humans, but that doesn't hold true for your pet. So it's really important that you supply fish-body oils or krill oil to your dog or cat. Algal DHA is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Coconut Oil Skin Treatments
Coconut oil treatments can be very helpful in improving the integrity of flaking skin. They also support the lipid barrier, which makes your pet's skin healthier and more resistant to pathogens like yeast and opportunistic bacteria.
This treatment can be used with both short- and long-haired dogs, but it will obviously be more challenging with a long-haired pet. It's important to do coconut oil treatments on clean skin, so bathe your pet first and dry her thoroughly. I recommend using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, and human grade coconut oil.
Apply the coconut oil to your pet's body like a mask. It will not only help keep her skin soft, but will also improve the natural defenses of the skin. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which supports the immune system whether taken orally or used topically.
Watch me do a coconut oil treatment on one of my own dogs in this
Ruling Out an Underlying Medical Issue
Another reason for excessive flaking in pets is an underlying medical problem. Cats and dogs can have metabolic conditions that inhibit the skin's turnover rate. Thyroid conditions are a common cause of flaky skin, including hypothyroidism in dogs and
hyperthyroidism in kitties
Any health issue in a cat that causes her not to feel well can translate to a lack of regular or thorough grooming. Lots of ill kitties have excessive flaking.
Skin infections are another very common medical cause of flaking. Bacterial infections, fungal infections like ringworm, and parasitic infections on the skin can all cause increased flaking in your pet.
If your canine or feline companion is having a flaky skin problem, work with your veterinarian to identify the root cause so you can resolve the issue and get your pet's skin and coat back to a healthy condition.
Teddy was officially adopted
by Mari Khalsa and her husband Dr HD Khalsa
Thank you for opening your hearts and homes for these
precious rescues and for making their dreams come true!
Looking for a Furever Home
CONGRATULATIONS TO DAISY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
You have been awarded a "Senior Pet Grant"
from the PETFINDER FOUNDATION!
Daisy's adoption fee will be waived and we are looking for the best possible home for her. The Petfinder Foundation is sponsoring senior pets currently in foster care that are older and have less of a chance to be adopted and in some cases (NOT Daisy's) euthanized. Please fill out an adoption application if you think you want this precious girl to be a part of your family.
Once again, thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for your generous support and helping to facilitate the adoption of Daisy!
Daisy is beautiful 10 1/2 yr old Yorkie. She is in very good health and acts half her age. It may be that since her first 10 years of her life she was used as a backyard breeding mama. Her puppies were shipped to another state to be sold in pet stores. Now that she has the freedom to roam in a nice grassy yard, and spend her nights in a comfy bed in a loving home, she is enjoying her life to the fullest.
Daisy is microchipped, spayed, fully vaccinated and had a full dental cleaning. Her blood work showed no issues with her health. She is a happy dog but is dominant with other females. We believe that she should be adopted to a home as an only dog to be able to soak up 100% of the love that she missed out on during her early years. A stay at home parent would be great and a yard is a must.
Messages from our Happy Readers
The newsletter this month was GREAT! GOOD WORK! The best I have seen. The stories about the dogs are heartwarming and give a good and clear picture of what we do and how well we do it. The article on donations gives an excellent description about our need and how we are different from the big shelters/organizations. The article on dentals is timely, important and informative.. It looks very professional and well thought out and designed. The writing is excellent and very professional.
I am impressed and proud to pass it on.
I hope this finds you well. I wanted to send my heartfelt thanks to you, Patti and YTNR in general for the wonderful memorial stone you sent in loving memory of my Remmy. It was completely unexpected and warmed my heart. It also brought tears to my eyes but good tears, remembering the best companion ever who went to the Rainbow Bridge.
I'm so glad YTNR is still going strong. The organization has been blessed with wonderful volunteers, leadership and people willing to give our special pups a great forever home. It doesn't get much better than that.
God bless and best wishes for a happy, successful 2018.
Special Thanks to this month's Donors
Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous February
Karen Roff in memory of PeeWee
MaryElizabeth Dugmore in memory of Pieter Vermeulen's Mother
K. Scout Edwards
Ronee Bergman for Lady
Yorkie Angel Donors *
Karin & Alan Nakashima*
Bette Gae Dart*
Betty Jo Williams*
Ron & Amalia Spaulding*
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Pet Suffocation Awareness
"Pets suffocate in chip and snack bags literally every day. It takes as few as 3-5 minutes for a dog or cat rummaging through a bag for crumbs to asphyxiate. It can happen to any pet, regardless of their size, age, or strength; and it can, and has, happened even when the pet owners are in the same home, maybe even in the next room over.
This danger is not the result of neglect or carelessness - even experienced, loving pet owners have lost beloved pets.
The problem is that so few pet owners are aware there is a risk at all - it's easy to find videos of pets trying to remove bags from their heads that many people think are just cute or funny. (To be clear, this is never funny. Not only is it extremely dangerous - after all, these are animals in the early stages of asphyxiation..." Please click
to read more.
~ A boy with a monkey on his shoulder was walking down the road when he passed a policeman who said, "Now, now young lad, I think you had better take that monkey the zoo." The next day, the boy was walking down the road with the monkey on his shoulder again, when he passed the same policeman. The policeman said, "Hey there, I thought I told you to take that money to the zoo!" The boy answered, "I did! Today I'm taking him to the cinema."
Love and Smooches,
Many Thanks to Lifeline4Paws
Every time we remember to say "thank you",
we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Executive Vice President
of the Hogan Family Foundation Inc,
is the Program Director of Lifeline-4-Paws.
She is a YTNR member
and has generously supported
our rescue efforts, contributing
tens of thousands of dollars
to hundreds of our dogs since 2007.