Dog Food For Skin

"Dog food for skin is an important consideration for both the skin and coat. Dog skin and coat condition are an immediate sign of a healthy dog. For most dog's, a high quality AAFCO approved commercial dog food such as those named below are all that is needed. However, for dogs with skin and coat problems, nutrition is a tool that can be used to bring a dog back to health. Considerations include the role of trace elements (minerals such as iron, zinc, copper and iodine), essential fatty acids (omega-6, omega-3), vitamin A (regulates sebum production which combats canine seborrhea and skin flaking), B Vitamins (strengthens the skin barrier. Dog food for skin should also be selected to prevent problems such as a dog food allergy."

Dog food for skin is plays a role in the health of your pet, as the skin is the body's largest organ. Healthy skin will create a barrier against disease, and will help to avoid other issues such as dog skin itch (pruritis) and flaking (seborrhea). It helps your dog achieve the appearance of not only healthy skin, bug a coat as well.

dog food for skin

Dog food for skin that contains the correct balance of fatty acids and B complex vitamins supports a healthy skin barrier. This barrier of overlapping cells helps to prevent infection and allergens from entering the body and reduces water loss

Unhealthy Dog Skin Symptoms

There are several symptoms of unhealthy dog skin including:

Dog Skin Supplements

Research has shown that several nutritional components found in dog food or that are found in supplements, can play a direct and positive role in dog skin health. These include:

Commercial Dog Food for Skin Suggestions

Read the label on the dog food package to see what is in the food. You can also visit the website of the dog food manufacturer for more information. Feeding your dog a commercial AAFCO certified (check the label) dog food will provide the proper nutrients needed for skin health. Foods that are not AAFCO certified (most well known foods are), may not. Expensive is not necessarily better, though, so take the time to read the label.

For healthy dogs, there are several options that provide the required vitamins and Omega-3/Omega-6 fatty acids required for dog skin health. These include:

There are also several veterinary formulas available that are formulated for dogs with specific skin problems including:

Home Prepared Dog Food for Skin

Feeding your dog table scraps will probably not provide him with the proper nutrition. Some people prefer to prepare homemade food for their pet, and this is fine, but take the time to research nutritious recipes that will provide your pet with the proper nutrients.

It is important that dog food for skin diets prepared at home have the following food components:

There are approximately 40 food components that need to be in proper balance for dog food for skin or dog food in general for that matter. Be sure to consult a veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist if you prefer a home made dog food diet.

References Dog Food for Skin

Dennis Jewel, Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. Science and Technology Center

Nutrition, skin health and coat quality
Dethioux, Fabienne DVM, MRCVS

Skin Diseases of Dogs and Cats
Melman, Dr. Steven A.

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