Functional Foods: Defining Key Ingredients in Optimum Skin & Coat

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The skin and coat are your pet’s first line of defense in protecting them against environmental damage from insects, bacteria, parasites, and the weather. Veterinarians have recently experiencing an increase of skin and coat problems with their clients, likely due to the fact that nutritional rationing tends to favor internal organs, leaving the skin and coat on the bottom of the priority system.

Preventing any issue is easier and less expensive than treating a condition, which is why providing the proper supplementation for additional nutrients is a great solution. Dr. Bill’s Canine and Feline Optimum Skin & Coat is a highly concentration nutritional powder that is scientifically formulated to provide a balanced blend of high-quality protein sources and powerful nutrients that are helpful in producing healthy skin and luxurious coats in all breeds of cats and dogs.

Below we dig a little deeper into the benefits of some key ingredients found in Optimum Skin & Coat so you can better understand why this supplement is beneficial to your pet’s overall health and wellness.

Pacific Kelp

Kelp contains 46 minerals, 16 amino acids, and 11 different vitamins. Its alkaline nature aids in maintaining the acid base balance of the body, and its natural iodine is essential for thyroid hormone regulation, metabolism, and energy. Kelp helps in maintaining proper skin hydration, which is important for dogs and cats since they do not have the ability to release excess body heat by sweating and can easily become overheated and dehydrated.

Collagen Type I & III

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body that is responsible for performing a variety of important biological functions – it is present in large quantities in connective tissues and provides tendons and ligaments with tensile strength and the skin with elasticity. Collagen production declines with age and is reduced by ultraviolet light, which is why supplementation is one way our animals skin and coats can remain healthy and looking great. Collagen Type I structurally supports the skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, and teeth while Collagen Type III give skin its strength and structure while also playing a role in the replacement of dead skin cells.


Vitamin H, more commonly known as biotin, is part of the B complex group of vitamins that help the body convert food into energy and is needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. Biotin helps create amino acids that produce a form of keratin to reduce shedding and create thicker, stronger hair. When the protective layer of outer skin is unbalanced, dry and dehydrated skin can manifest which can lead to infections, rashes, dryness, and cracking. Biotin assists in the production of new cells and helps oil glands function properly, resulting in healthy skin and coats.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant that diminishes the production of lipid peroxides that damage cell membranes. In addition to internal benefits, Vitamin E is good for skin and coat health as it reduces flakiness and promotes a healthy, glossy coat.

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