Did you know that a dog’s diet can help or even prevent itchy skin?
Did you know that a dog’s diet can help or even prevent itchy pet skin? Skin problems affect about 1 in 3 dogs at some time in their lives, and while there are many potential causes, your dog’s diet can play a vital role. Some dogs can become sensitive to some ingredients in their food, which can result in intense itching. Others may be missing some important fats or nutrients keep their skin healthy. Trying some changes to your dog’s diet and adding a few key supplements can make all the difference.
Sometimes, a dog eating the same food day in day out, can encourage food allergies. So many experts now advise rotating foods with different meat and different grain sources to stop them being overexposed. Common allergens can be corn, wheat, beef or chicken. Trying a different protein like fish, pork, duck or even rabbit may help. Also, try to stick to high-end pet foods that claim only ‘human quality’ ingredients, because some pet foods that don’t, contain mites and other nasties.
Digestive enzymes are amazing for itchy dogs. These enzymes are necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of nutrients in the gut that can prevent allergy symptoms. These are present in raw food, but are are destroyed by heat and processing of the cooked food.
If your dog does not eat raw food, then adding digestive enzymes with every meal can bring a massive improvement, sometimes within a handful of days.
Feeding your dog food that contains EFAs (essential fatty acids) is another great way to help your dog’s skin and coat health.
Later in this blog, we will review some of the best foods you can get to help with your dog’s itchy pet skin.
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