Some of our dogs have more sensitive skin than others with common problems affecting them including such as; dry and flaky skin, itchiness, inflammation of the skin or a dull, listless coat. Canine skin issues can be caused by many factors including management, environmental factors, diet and allergies as well as some canine breeds being naturally more susceptible to skin problems.
Certain breeds are more prone to skin and coat disorders including white dogs, golden retrievers, Pomeranians, Doberman Pinschers and wrinkly skinned dogs, such as bulldogs and Shar-Peis, are sadly notorious for suffering from skin and coat issues.
When attempting to avoid canine coat problems it is important to first assess that your canine’s coat is free of lice, ticks, mites or fleas and that you are using a bathing product which is sensitive to canine skin. Beyond this is it vital to assess the diet. If important nutrients are lacking in the diet this can exacerbate harmful skin issues and it is crucial to remember that health comes from ‘the inside out’.
Scientific Nutritional Products takes a look at feeding for healthy skin and coat…
Always ensure the diet you are providing your dog is high quality and contains a balanced ratio of vital ingredients including protein, carboyhdrates, fats and vitamins and minerals.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Canine Super Coat available from Scientific Nutritional Products helps with dog dandruff, 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. Feeding a dog coat conditioner promotes a luxurious coat and reduces dry skin, dandruff and itchy symptoms. Purchase Canine Super Coat today direct from the website www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk or Tel: 0800 032 7774/ 01377 254900 to speak to a member of the team for bespoke advice for your dog!