Posted 12th Sep 2016
If your dog's diet doesn't contain enough of the right nutrients or else contains low quality nutrients, you can expect them to develop a dull coat, and to suffer from excess shedding and dry, flaky or itchy skin. You should be feeding them a diet that is rich in high quality, digestible proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, all of which will help maintain a healthy coat and skin. To help your dog get the coat it deserves, Forthglade have come up with some handy points to consider when you're buying your dog's food.
Did you know...A recent study revealed that as much as 30-35 per cent of your dog's daily protein intake is needed to keep its skin and coat in a good condition.
In certain cases, your dog may need an extra boost in the form of a supplement. For instance, linseed oil, which is rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Five things to consider when buying your dog food
1. Look for high meat content and quality.
2. Avoid any foods that are not specific. Terms such as 'animal fat' begs the question, which animal? Sometimes packaging can be misleading. For instance a 'beef' recipe. You would expect it to be made primarily from beef, but it could instead be chicken or another hidden meat source. Look at the ingredients lists for named sources such as lamb, turkey or beef.
3. While a little grain is okay you should look for whole grains like brown rice.
4. Avoid artificial colours, sugars, flavours and preservatives.
5. Avoid meat and animal derivatives.
Tips for the fussy eater
While some dogs will gobble up pretty much anything, others will be a bit more picky with their diets. These tips should help you:
1. If it is not illness that is affecting your dog's appetite, you may just need to make their dinners more exciting. You can do this by adding small amounts of grated Parmesan, sardine juice, or mashed sardines, homemade meat broth or goat's yoghurt.
2. Is your dog maintaining a healthy body weight but not finishing its meals? This means you have most likely overestimated its calorie requirements. Try cutting the portion size down.
3. Some dogs will refuse to eat foods that upset their bodies. If you have recently added a new ingredient to your dog's diet, try removing it.
Image and tips courtesy of Forthglade