Some canines, just like people, have more sensitive skin than others with problems such as dry, flaky skin, itchiness, inflammation or a dull coat affecting a vast range of the dog population in a variety of breeds. Skin issues can be caused by many factors with a range of environmental/management problems resulting in poor skin. In addition food intolerances or the lack of important nutrients in the diet can also exacerbate harmful skin issues. Certain breeds are more prone to skin and coat disorders. These include hound dogs, white dogs, golden retrievers (and other thick-coated breeds), Pomeranians, Doberman pinschers. Wrinkly dogs, such as bulldogs and Shar Peis, are notorious for suffering from skin and coat issues. Understanding the causes will also lead to more effective treatments so in our latest blog Scientific Nutritional Products looks at skin conditions resulting from diet. Management technique such as regular grooming sessions and baths, alongside diligent flea and tick removal are crucial but it is important to remember that health comes from ‘the inside out’. Therefore dog owners should always ensure the canine’s diet is rich in the nutrients they need including; water, protein, carbohydrate, fats including Omega 3, vitamins and minerals. Three Top Tips on Dietary Advice for Canine Skin Problems from Scientific Nutritional Products 1.) Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are important aspects of the diet. These substances found in ingredients such as fish oil, canola oil and evening primrose oil which can be included in the skin. They help to manage a pet’s itching and scratching by helping the skin replenish its own lustre. 2.) When trying to identify a dietary irritant keeping a sole protein and carbohydrates source can help you find the problem. For example ensuring that there is just one protein source e.g. chicken or beef and one carbohydrate source to reduce antigenic stimulation. Linoleic acid found in high-quality, animal-based protein can also help to keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. So it is beneficial to choose a premium quality food which provides a balanced diet and delivers higher-quality ingredients for easy digestion and absorption of essential nutrients. 3.) Vitamins and Minerals are necessary in small quantities for good all round general health in all spheres. Vitamins and minerals in the diet to restore nutrients in the coat and skin are particularly important to dogs suffering with skin issues. Vital to skin health are Vitamin E which provides an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin and Biotin; which if not provided can result in dry skin and hair loss. Canine Super Coat available from Scientific Nutritional Products contains Omega 3, Vitamin E and Biotin alongside a host of other beneficial ingredients for skin such as MSM, Evening Primrose Oil and Zinc to name but a few. Promoting a luxurious coat and reducing dry skin, dandruff and itchy symptoms. To find out more why not visit the website today www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk?
Caring for Dogs with Sensitive Skin
Posted by Tom Gatenby on 21 May, 2014
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