Seeing our pets itching and uncomfortable is really distressing. As we go through spring and summer, it's not uncommon for our pets to suffer from seasonal related skin issues which can mean that itchy skin and irritation flares up particularly badly around this time of year. Although seasonal and environmental factors play their part, a lot of the time it's their diet that's to blame. Don't let diet add to their problem, make it part of the solution!

First, why do dogs get itchy skin?

Before we take a look at the best dog foods for your pup’s itchy skin, let’s look at why dogs get itchy! Just like when humans feel scratchy, there are many reasons why your dog may by itchy. But how can we tell?

Signs of skin conditions in pets:

Signs of allergies include itching, rash and hair loss, while scabs & sores with intermittent healing and acute breakouts can be signs of chronic skin infections.

The most common cause of itchiness and skin self-trauma are allergic reactions flea bites, environmental allergens and food allergy.
Not treating the cause of their itching can make things worse, including skin infections and self-trauma from your dog’s or cat's relentless attention to the itchy area.


ORIJEN and ACANA are Biologically Appropriate diets which are based on the nutritional philosophy that dogs and cats need to be nourished according to their evolutionary adaption and thrive on diets containing fresh and diverse meat ingredients. That’s why our ACANA and ORIJEN diets are packed with high-quality animal protein, a nutritionally balanced fatty acid profile, and contain naturally sourced vitamins and minerals that will nourish your cat and dog completely – just as nature intended.


ORIJEN and ACANA fish recipes feature a rich diversity of fresh, whole, and wild-caught fish and are specially crafted to support peak conditioning and be a delicious food your pets will love. Not only that, when included in your pet's diet, whole fish provide essential nutrients that support all aspects of your pet's health and wellbeing. They're the most bioavailable dietary source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are proven to be beneficial for your pet's skin, coat, joints, eye and brain health.

Orijen Six Fish Dog

Orijen Small Breed Marine Fish

Acana Wild Coast

Acana Pacifica Dog

Orijen Six Fish Cat

Acana Bountiful Catch

Acana Pacifica Cat

How long until you should see results?

Depending on your pet’s condition, change could come in as little as a few days, right up to several months.

If there is an underlying food allergy, then response can take up to 12 weeks in some cases, with 8 weeks being more common. If the skin issue is solely related to poor skin or coat quality due to a diet that isn’t meeting a pet’s specific needs for an essential nutrient like a fatty acid, improvement may be noticed in as early as several weeks.



ORIJEN and ACANA work diligently to build partnerships with fisheries around the world, to provide a high quality, nutrient-rich array of fish. This includes both sustainably wild-caught and responsibly farm-raised fish. Their primary focus is to procure fish that will add essential proteins and healthy fats for balanced nutrition in every recipe they craft for your pets.

All our ORIJEN and ACANA recipes feature a variety of regional fish that are wild-caught by people we know and trust, deemed fit for human consumption, and then delivered to our award-winning kitchen, fresh and whole.

OMEGA 3 & OMEGA 6 + essential fatty acids

ORIJEN® and ACANA® fish recipes have the highest omega 3 inclusions of any kibble and most importantly, the correct balance of omega 3 to 6 ratios. Many other diets are too high in omega 6!

While cats and dogs cannot synthesize the essential fatty acids, it is crucial to make sure their diet contains the balanced amount in order to prevent the deficiency/excess, which can lead to serious problems. The quality of these fatty acids in diets is paramount, as they are easily inactivated in the presence of oxygen. 

In general, EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic), which are found in cold water/ocean fish, phytoplankton and single cell algae, have the greatest health benefits in pets.

What about Supplements?

Along with changing the diet, you can also look into supplements that may help. Fish oil supplementation can help decrease the inflammation of allergies, and probiotics can help rebalance the immune system.

However, at times, fatty acid supplements may be suggested, but it is best to select a food that already has an appropriate fatty acid profile than try to supplement a food that doesn’t.

Dogs must have plenty of omega-3 fatty acids plus some omega-6 fatty acids; coconut oil in moderation (as it is high in natural fat) such as natural pet kelp