Tuesday, December 12

Dogs With Skin Problems

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If your dog suffers from a skin problem it can cause permanent damage to the skin and/or hair – it is a permanent feeling of discomfort for your dog and cannot feel very nice! So, if your dog is constantly rolling and scratching and biting, and the hair seems to be falling out and the skin underneath is either dry or inflamed, here are a few remedies you could try:

Brewer’s Yeast

Adding brewer’s yeast to your dog’s food can result in an improvement in skin condition. For bigger dogs, add about a tablespoon per 25kg’s body mass per day, for smaller (toy) dogs, add about a teaspoon per day. This is a healthy natural supplement which is also beneficial as a permanent additive to your doggy’s nutrition regime.

Good Oils

Your dog has certain nutrient requirements much as any human being has. It is therefore important to ensure that your dog gets a sufficient amount of healthy oils as part of the diet. You could add a bit of avocado oil, olive oil, or nut oils to his food (in moderation and be sure to read the product labels), however the best way to ensure that your dog receives the right kind and amount of healthy oils, is to consult with your local veterinarian about products available on the market.   

Skin saves Skin

The best way to improve your dog’s irritated and dry skin, is to add vegetable peels to his food. Keep all vegetable peels from during the day, When feeding your dog, cook peels in a bit of water (prevents burning and sticking) for about 5-10 minutes. Mix into food. The ideal would be to add a bit of oil during the cooking process to incorporate the healthy oil quota for the day. Vegetable peels are rich in vitamins and minerals that boost your dog’s immune system and within a few days your dog’s irritation will have been soothed, and within the next few weeks, his coat will be restored and be glossy and bursting with renewed health!

Just remember: When changing your dog’s diet, be alert for any behavioural or physical changes which may be the result of the change in diet. Consult with your vet about this if it should occur.

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