Why is Healthy Skin & Coat Important?
The skin and coat are part of the integumentary system, which also includes the claws and nose.
The important functions of the skin include protection of the internal environment, prevention of water loss, storage of nutrients, sensory perception, thermoregulation, vitamin D synthesis, protection from physical, chemical, and microbial injury imposed by external agents. Maintaining a healthy skin and coat are important to your pet’s health. A good diet, access to fresh water, and regular grooming and bathing are key points to remember.
You may already know that fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 help support healthy skin & a shiny coat, but here are some other nutritional factors that are in Lucy Pet’s Formulas for Life™
Vitamins for Healthy Skin and Coat:
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): Contributes to skin and coat quality and is vital in energy production from fat, amino acid metabolism, and energy production.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): promotes the synthesis of skin lipids, especially Ceramide (the waxy substance made from linoleic acid that holds skin cells together), and helps limit skin dehydration.
Niacin (Vitamin B3): Aids in preventing dehydration, flakiness, and roughness of the skin. In essence, niacin helps in the creation of healthy cells that can be used by the skin.