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Method for improving the skin and coat of pets

This paper describes a method for enhancing or preserving the skin and coat system of a companion animal. The method includes giving the pet a nutritional agent which stimulates the growth of bifido- and lactic-bacteria in its gastro-intestinal tract. The nutritional agent may be a prebiotic micro-organism, a probiotic micro-organism, or both together. When given, the agent may also be combined with a long chain fatty acid.