Posted 4th October by Peter Byrne
The skin is the body’s largest and most visible organ providing a protective barrier against the environment and infection whilst helping to regulate temperature, store nutrients and give your dog its important sense of touch, pressure, pain, itchiness, heat and cold.
By the time your dog is an adult, his skin, coat and the skin’s underlying layer of tissue will represent a staggering 12% of his body weight. What’s more, just as our skin and hair often mirrors our inner health, the same can be said for our pets meaning what your dog eats today, and what happens inside, may eventually be reflected on the outside.
With many nutrients which can help to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy, Eukanuba’s Veterinary Expert, Kellie Ceccarelli, shares her insight on the ingredients which will provide your dog with visible benefits for lifelong wellbeing.
High quality protein for a radiant coat
Dogs with a protein deficiency will typically have thickened skin which becomes more pigmented, and a thinner coat with a dry, dull or brittle texture. As 25-30% of your dog’s daily protein intake is needed just to keep his coat and skin in good condition it’s no wonder we see these changes if there is not enough in their diet.
Omega 6 & 3 fatty acids for supple skin and shine
Dietary fat, which provides omega 6 & 3 fatty acids, can help support the skin and increase the sheen and softness of coats. Therefore, if you’re looking to enhance your dog’s coat shine, a blend of omega 6 & 3 fatty acids will help maximise a visible sheen.
Vitamins and minerals for overall wellbeing
In addition to high-quality protein and essential fatty acids, a diet packed with vitamins, especially A, D and E, and minerals including zinc and copper will help bring out the best in your dog by maintaining their health.
A 100% complete and balanced diet for less shedding
Every year a healthy dog can produce 60-180 grams of pet hair per kilogram of body weight, depending on the breed. While shedding is perfectly natural, and represents one of four natural stages of the growth cycle, excessive shedding can be a sign that your dog’s skin and coat may not be in optimal condition and that there could be an underlying nutritional or health problem.
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