Keys to a glowing, healthy coat

The condition of your pet's coat is a good indicator of whether or not he or she is in good health. Just like humans, pets can have allergies to foods, environmental factors and even flea bites. This sensitivity can cause dry, flaky skin, hot spots and a dull coat. Below are the keys to maintaining your pet's skin and coat health throughout the summer and all year long.

Supplement your pet's diet with nutritional fatty acids

When it comes to pet skin care, a healthy diet is essential. Your pet's diet should contain high-quality food rich in Omega 3. Unfortunately, commercial pet food often lacks this important ingredient. An Omega 3 supplement like Super Pure Omega 3 that contains fish oil can help maintain a healthy coat and address "empty calories."

Practice routine grooming

To maintain your pet's healthy skin and coat, start a grooming routine. Some pets will continuously clean themselves; however, self-grooming does not always remove the buildup of dirt and bacteria that causes irritation to the skin and coat. Pets with skin allergies or irritation resulting from an injury, need bathing at least once a week. Many types of pet shampoos, some geared toward helping a specific skin condition, can help. For instance, 1-800-PetMeds Be Super Clean Shampoo contains ingredients that kill bacteria and other microorganisms that cause strong pet odors. To help moisturize your pet's coat and keep it soft and shiny, consider using 1-800-PetMeds Oatmeal and Aloe Vera Shampoo.

Help reduce your pet's shedding

Many pets shed, although some more than others. It is impossible to entirely prevent shedding; however, you can manage and even reduce your pet's shedding with a proper diet and the right grooming tools. Many pet parents love the effectiveness of the FURminator, which works to remove dead undercoat hair, reducing the amount of hair your pet sheds.

Soothe your pet's skin allergies

Pets can develop allergies for various reasons, which may cause skin irritation, hot spots and loss of fur. The best way to know the cause of your pet's allergies is to speak with your veterinarian. For severe skin itching or atopic dermatitis (skin allergies), your veterinarian may recommend Cyclosporine Modified (Generic To Atopica).

Start a flea prevention regimen

Hot spots, allergies and fur loss may be due in part to flea infestation. To ensure a full, shiny coat and optimal skin health, make flea and tick prevention part of your pet care routine. Repelling fleas on a regular basis helps keep these pests from invading your pet's coat and causing skin irritation. Choose a monthly flea preventative to make sure your pet is protected from fleas and the damage they do.