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How Nutrition Affects Your Dog’s Skin and Coat

  • 4 July 2018
  • Pet Wants

As dog owners, we all want our pets to be healthy and happy. This includes having healthy skin and a shiny coat. If you ever notice your dog starting to have a dull coat or flaky skin, there are ways you can help.

Nutrition is Directly Linked to Skin and Coat Health

Specifically, healthy fats play an important role in keeping your dog’s coat in optimal shape. When a dog eats a diet that’s low in fats or overall quality, it can result in a dull coat with lots of dandruff. Possible diets that can fall into this category include low-quality commercial dog foods, improperly balanced homemade diets, or diets specifically marketed as being low-fat.

The Right Types of Fatty Acids

Omega 6 and Omega 3 are the two main types of fats that support skin and coat health. Chicken, eggs, and vegetable oil are all good sources of Omega 6. You can find these ingredients in Pet Wants blends like our Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe. Fish like salmon and flaxseed are great sources of Omega 3. Not only do we include flaxseed in our formulas, but we also have a Salmon Meal & Brown Rice recipe.

Because we’re committed to making high-quality dog food from real ingredients, feeding Pet Wants to your dog means your pet will get the optimal balance of nutrients needed for great skin, coat, and overall health. It also means you won’t have to worry about trying to give your dog a bunch of supplements.

Skin Spray Can Also Help

Even if your dog is eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of healthy fats, your dog may have a hot spot or other irritation that causes excessive itching. Since too much scratching can take a toll on your pet’s skin and coat, a great way option is using Pet Wants Skin Spray. Our safe and effective spray is made from great ingredients like aloe vera gel, avocado oil, and peppermint oil.

If updating your dog’s food and using Skin Spray doesn’t alleviate the problem, be sure to speak  with your vet. Getting your vet involved will ensure there’s not an underlying health problem that needs to be addressed.