Pet WITH ITCHY SKIN? | WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
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 dogs:
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.
- Yeast Infections, dry flaky skin and dandruff are seen as causes of chronic itching, as well as chewing and licking feet.
- 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 your dog’s itching can make things worse, including skin infections and self-trauma from your dog’s
relentless attention to the itchy area.
The best dog food for itchy skin:
While topical treatments may provide relief, don’t overlook the benefits that come from an inside-out approach for your dog:
Using natural food and supplements to help heal the skin at the same time as nourishing your dog’s body.
Typically, once flea treatments are exhausted, you will want to start looking for any underlying food allergies that is contributing to your dog’s irritation.
But where to begin when it comes to the best dog food for itchy skin? Veterinarians describe multiple approaches. Grain and gluten-free foods are wise to start with, as well as limiting meats and fowl to grass-fed rather than grain-fed such as ACANA Grass-Fed Lamb.
Key essential nutrients supporting skin health include protein, amino acids (especially an often limiting one, methionine), linoleic acid (the essential fatty acid), vitamin A, some B vitamins and trace minerals like zinc. Try ORIJEN Six Fish, which has a great combination of all of these minerals.
It is important to realize that the protein from animal meats, poultry and fish, as well as from plants such as legumes, tubers and grains can all cause an allergic reaction. Finding what works may be a case of trialling different ingredient recipes. Rotate food sources every four to six weeks but not more often than every two weeks to help induce immune tolerance.
What not to feed a dog with itchy skin:
Avoid pro-inflammatory proteins at first like chicken and venison, as well as related fats, oils and flavourings. “Safe” foods to start with are turkey and white-coloured fish. Avoid shellfish in general.
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. Another good idea is to try green tea on sores and for soaking your dog’s feet.
How long until you should see results?
Depending on your dog’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.
OUR pRODUCTS THAT CAN HELP
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