Understanding skin health in dogs

Skin disorders are one of the most common health problems in dogs and can be caused by a number of different factors. This is stressful for our companion but can also be stressful for owners due to seeing mans best friend in discomfort and pain.

What should a dogs skin look like?

A dogs skin should be smooth and their coat should be clean and in good condition. In order to help identify if a pet has a problem with its skin, it is important to have knowledge of what healthy skin should look like.

  • A dogs skin should be pink or black depending on the breed or their genetics
  • There should be no itching, crusting, scaling or hot and inflamed areas
  • A healthy coat should be shiny, quite smooth, soft and thick with no broken hairs or bald patches

Examples of common skin conditions

  • Fleas
  • Mange
  • Food allergies
  • Environmental allergies
  • Dandruff

The skin and coat form the single largest organ of a pet’s body and it is the first protective barrier from the outside. Together, they go hand in hand to provide protection and immunity for the body to prevent bacteria/viruses from entering the body and to ensure thermo-regulation.

Here at The Dog Man’s choice all of your Grain Free recipes they contain Omega- 3 essential fatty acids which are beneficial in supporting the skin and coat, as well as the control of inflammation. 

Some research suggests that Omega-3 is also important for brain and eye health in young and growing animals.

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