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The importance of maintaining your pet’s skin health


As pet owners, we all want our pets to have healthy and happy lives, and a big part of that is taking care of their skin. 


Does your pet have itchy skin?

Dogs can be allergic to a variety of things. Allergies can cause itching, redness, and skin irritation in dogs, leading to discomfort and even infection.


There are several factors that can cause itchy skin in dogs. Most common causes of inflamed and itchy skin are:

  • Flea allergy

  • Food allergy

  • Allergic reaction to pollens of grasses, trees, weeds, moulds and dust mites



What are the symptoms of itchy skin?


If you’ve noticed your pet scratching more than usual, they may be experiencing itchy skin. 

There are several symptoms you can look out for:

  • Itching, scratching, licking or rubbing

  • Red patches, spots or pimples

  • Scabs, crusts or thickened skin

  • Hair loss

  • Chronic ear problems

  • Bad skin odour



So how do you treat your pet’s itchy skin?

To prevent itchy skin in your dog, make sure they are getting sufficient grooming by using a dog shampoo specifically designed to soothe itchy, irritated skin and improves the health of your pet’s skin barrier.



Why is my pet's skin barrier important and what can I do to ensure the health of my pet's skin barrier? 

A dog’s skin is their first line of defence against external stressors such as bacteria, allergens, and irritants. Maintaining the natural microbial balance in your pet’s skin is essential to protect your pet’s skin from harmful bacteria and infections. 

  • Regular grooming, such as brushing and bathing, helps remove dirt and things you cannot see with the naked eye, that can cause irritation. 

  • This will also help maintain healthy and nourished skin and also improves skin hygiene. 

  • Remember, a healthy skin barrier is key to your dog’s overall health and well-being. 



Why shampooing your pet is important

Your pet deserves a beauty treatment from time to time. With a dog shampoo tailored to their specific needs, there are many benefits to bathing your pet:

  • Maintains their skin’s natural oils

  • Controls shedding

  • Promotes a healthy and shiny coat

  • Removes dirt and odours

  • Can reduce inflammation and infection

  • Strengthens you bond with your dog


Reasons human shampoos & dishwashing liquid should be avoided for pets

  • They can alter your pet’s skin pH balance and cause allergic reactions

  • They can can strip away the pet’s protective oils from their skin and coat

  • They can be very irritating to pets’ eyes and cause corneal irritation

  • Pets are at risk of developing dry and itchy skin, which may result in bacterial, fungal, or yeast infections of the skin


What shampoos are best to use

There are so many benefits to using Allercalm Shampoo for your furry friend!

  • Contains a soothing soap free cleanser

  • Promotes healthy skin and coat 

  • Washes away everything you can’t see 

  • Improves skin hygiene 

  • Maintains a healthy skin barrier


Allercalm Shampoo is available from your local Vet or online Vet Store



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