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Pet owners often perceive skin and coat condition as an indicator of the optimal nutrition and well-being of their animals. Although several dietary factors are important in this regard, the EFAs have a critical role. Indeed, one of the hallmarks of EFA deficiency in animals is a matted coat and unkempt appearance. Other clinical signs of EFA deficiency include poor growth; infertility; a thin, discolored coat; scaly skin; sebaceous gland hypertrophy with increased viscosity of sebum; increase in epidermal turnover rate; increase in DNA synthesis in keratinocytes; weak cutaneous blood vessels that are easily ruptured; decrease in wound healing; and

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association