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Dog Food for Dogs with Sensitive Skin

Dogs with sensitive skin require a bit of precautionary measures during their lifetime. While changes in diet, environment and shampooing sound simple, they can mean the difference between constant scratching, rubbing their noses and suffering constantly and a happy dog that rarely has to take time out from play to remain comfortable.

The type of food your dog consumes has a tremendous impact on their skin. The ingredients in pet food are the key component in boosting its immune system and keeping the essential oils in the skin that your pet needs. A large number of pets seen by veterinarians each year are diagnosed with food allergies. Just because a food claims it has “Complete and Balanced Nutrition” does not mean it contains all the ingredients a dog with sensitive skin needs.

A higher-quality food with a base ingredient of meat is important. If your dog is on a diet without meat listed as the first ingredient, its entire body will be in a constant state of stress. The food may cost a little more but dogs placed on a high-protein, meat infused diet will seldom, if ever, run into the skin and coat problems that those fed less protein.
Years ago, this problem did not exist as often as it does today. Why? We now have access to all the “new and improved” foods that have lessened the value of meat in a canine diet or cheaper ingredients as a way to reduce costs in manufacturing. As ingredients become more expensive, companies often replace expensive ingredients with fillers. Unfortunately, that’s normally the necessary ingredients to maintain a healthy skin, coat and immune system.

With all of the vegetarian-type diets on the market, pet owners tend to believe that their dog may not need the meat quantity they require. The all-natural, grain-free, organic and veterinarian prescribed foods are generally better than others, as long as the top ingredient listed is a meat product such as beef, lamb, fish or poultry.

Supplements can also be of help to a dog with sensitive skin, although a good, meat-based diet normally doesn’t need assistance in providing everything a dog requires. Dog food that boasts “Omega Fatty Acids” is another way to provide the dog with the fats and proteins the skin needs to remain healthy.

If your dog has persistent scratching, hair loss, skin irritation, itching of the face and nose area or paws, redness and visible sores, even loose bowel movements, the animal may be facing the problem of food allergies. Lessening of the symptoms can often be accomplished by simply changing its food.


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