The skin in the largest organ of the body and is a great indicator of health when you first look at a dog. Not only is dry skin unsightly, but it can be very uncomfrotable and itchy for your dog. Soothing baths can help with this, but to really combat the problem, proper vitamins and nutrition are necessary.
Tip #1 Filtered water and moist food
Encouraging your dog to drink more fluids can be a simple yet effective way of hydrating their skin. Make sure there is plenty of fresh, cool, filtered water available at all times. If your dog is’t a big drinker, you can also try adding water, a quality canned food, or homemade recipes to their dry kibbles.
Tip #2 Probiotics
People normally associate probiotics with digestive issues because these products are used to increase the number of healthy enzymes in the gut to promote digestion. Luckily for our pups, a happy side effect of this process is improved hydration and increased moisture levels in the skin and coat.
Tip #3 Antioxidants
Antioxidants protect the skin by preventing damage caused by free-radicals. Antioxidants can be found in many fruits and vegetables that are safe to be eaten by your dog, but you should always check with your vet with your dog sufferes from any allergies or intolerances.
Tip #4 Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids
Omega-3 essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are miracle workers for your canine’s skin. Pups naturally produce omega-3 fatty acids, but in small amounts, so a high quality fish oil supplement such as those containing krill or anchovy oil and whole cell algae can vastly improve the condition of the skin.
EPA is a known anti-inflammatory that promotes shiny, healthy skin and reduces shedding, dandruff, and itchiness. DHA is also a vital component in skin cells.
While Omega-6 is sometimes left out of fish oil supplements, it can easily found in barage oil and primrose oil which both contain GLA, a fatty acid that been shown to be very effective in treating skin disorders and maintaining healthy skin.