However, it's also important to note that the skin and coat is one of the last body systems of a dog to be nourished. Before nutrients can reach the beautiful outer layer, body systems that control functions such as circulation, breathing, digestion, maintenance of muscle mass and others must first absorb the amino acids and other nutrients they need. That’s why the phrase, “a healthy skin and coat starts from the inside out!” rings true. Beauty really is more than skin deep! So when you see a dog that looks great – he’s likely that way thanks to getting the nutrients his skin and coat need to be soft, shiny and healthy.
Protein and essential fatty acids, like Omega 3 and 6, are imperative nutrients for the skin and coat health of your best friend. Some brands, such as Bil-Jac's Super Premium Dog Food, are created to naturally provide Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids -- which nourish skin from within, and help produce a lush, shiny ‘show-ring’ coat.
According to PetMD, fur consists of approximately 95% protein. Studies have shown that 25-30% of your dog's protein intake is allocated to support a healthy skin and coat. When dogs switch to a high-quality formula, whose ingredient label lists real chicken as a primary ingredient, their pet parents often marvel over how well their dog's coat looks and feels. Therefore, if your dog's coat is dull, lacking in shine, itchy or dry, he may not be getting all of the nutrients he or she needs to produce a healthy coat from his food. It may be worth a discussion with your veterinarian for an alternative food to give your best friend. Some health conditions can also cause skin & coat issues, so it’s important to see your veterinarian for regular check-ups.
In addition to nutrition, we have a few tips to ensure your best friend's outer layer stay lustrous and healthy all year long:
1) Regular brushing, no matter the hair type of your pup is important. It takes out the loose hairs, even if you have a short-haired dog. Also, if you have a longer haired dog, it assists in stopping matting, which can be itchy and uncomfortable when it knots tightly to your best friends skin.
2) Too much bathing can strip skin of essential oils that help protect the skin and coat. Talk with your vet on how often to bathe your dog. Usually once every 4-6 weeks is a good amount of time between visits to the tub.
3) Try an oatmeal shampoo bath. Dogs with dull coats may benefit by adding oatmeal to bath time. Oatmeal helps sooth the skin, tame itching, and leaves the coat soft and shiny.
Whether it’s nutrition, brushing, bathing or watching your pup’s diet, we wish the best possible outer layer for your beautiful best friend!