If you want your dog’s coat to sparkle, looking at their diet is the first place to start. Making the right choice in pet food can also keep your pet’s skin healthy, too. Here’s advice on choosing dog food to promote a healthy skin and coat.
Dog food for a healthy skin and coat
When a dog is healthy you can see it in their coat. Lustrous and sparkling, a healthy coat is a sure sign that a dog is receiving all the vitamins, minerals and oils they need. You can find the right dog food for a healthy skin and coat by using our Dog Food Finder Tool which takes into consideration your pet’s age, breed, weight and lifestyle to recommend a dog food that will promote a healthy skin and coat.
Ingredients to look out for
To keep your dog’s coat in top condition, look for a food that is formulated to include ingredients which are fantastic for promoting shiny coats and healthy skin:
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your dog’s skin, helping to reduce inflammation and often minimising the intensity of sensitivities to fleas and other allergens as well as helping dry skin.
Omega-6 fatty acids are found in sunflower and canola oils and are key for delivering a good dose of shine to a dog’s coat.
Other ingredients you’ll want to see in your dog’s pet food include zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E and B-complex vitamins, which will give your dog a broad range of nutrients targeted towards a healthy coat and skin.
Dog food for sensitive skin
Just like humans, dogs can develop allergies and skin irritations based on diet and environmental factors. Some of the things that can cause your pet’s skin to flare up include certain plants and airborne pollens, fleas, certain ingredients in their food, and less common but still possible, a reaction to the shampoo you’re using.
When it comes to skin concerns, veterinary diagnosis is often required. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, feeding your pet dog food for sensitive skin can assist with any issues and promote healthier skin. Some diet options will look to fish or another novel protein. If you suspect your pet has sensitive skin, it’s best to talk to your local Greencross Vets to understand and identify the skin concern at hand.
Try our Dog Food Finder Tool today and don’t hesitate to chat with a friendly Petbarn team member to hear about the range of dog foods on offer that will promote skin and coat health or help to ease skin irritation.