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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

Your Pet’s Biggest Protector: the Pet Skin Function in the Immune System

Cat climbing treeDid you know that your skin is your largest organ? The same is true for most animals, including our pets. It is one of the most important, and varied, organs we have however we tend to take it a little for granted. Among other things, the pet skin function is the first line of defense in the immune system. And, when it is negatively impacted by health problems, it can cause serious trouble.

Skin Deep

The skin has many important functions. It holds everything together, provides a nice barrier to the outside world, helps regulate temperature, aids in sensation, makes vitamin D, and is even part of the immune system. Skin is part of what is known as the integumentary system which also includes hair, scales, feathers, nails, and hooves. This system is the protective layer of the body that works to try to keep harmful things out and hold the important things in. Continue…