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Food for thought!

Food that dogs with sensitive skin should avoid and foods that can help them.

Having sensitive skin is more common in dogs than you think. Like with anything, there are many contributing factors to sensitive skin in dogs, for example, environment or breed you can read more about ithere

It's important for dogs and cats that suffer from skin sensitivity to have a diet that catered to their specific needs. We all are aware of the foods that dogs can’t eat, but what about the ones they just shouldn't or more importantly the ones that they should! 

The internal side of skin care ensures that when we are trying to heal and repair the skin and coat, we have the best possible starting point. Ensuring a healthy gut is key to providing the best possible outcomes. The gut is responsible for absorbing all the nutrients from food, this is how the body can function at its full potential. Within the gut, there are good and bad gut bacteria. Pre and Pro-biotics help to balance these bacterias. They help to ensure that the immune system is functioning at its full capacity.

One great source of probiotics is Greek Yogurt.

Internal health is so important when it comes to dogs with sensitive skin. Ensuring that they are eating correctly is a massive part of guaranteeing the best possible outcome for their skin and overall health. As all dog owners know there are foods that dogs can not have under any circumstances, these are foods include:

Foods to avoid  

  • Chocolate 
  • Grapes 
  • Avocado 
  • Macadamia nuts 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Onions and Garlic 
  • Citrus.

But when it comes to dogs with sensitive skin, there are certain foods that should be avoided. Many of these foods often cause inflammation and irritation. Not all dogs will have a reaction to these foods.

Foods to be cautious of

  • Gluten 
  • Grains 
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Beef, Chicken, and Lamb (It is likely to be a specific protein in these meats, not the meat itself) 

While this may seem like a long list, not all of these foods will be reactive in your dog. It is all about eliminating the ones that do. An understanding is that dogs often will have sensitivities to certain foods that result in skin irritations. One great way to determine if your dog has food sensitivities of any kind is through an elimination diet. 

Not all hope is lost there are plenty of foods that can help your dog improve their skin and coat. Foods rich and high in Antioxidants are great for dogs with sensitive skin. Antioxidants are nature's anti-inflammatory. They can help reduce inflation both internally and externally. Foods that have lots of antioxidants and are great for reducing inflammation in dogs include: 

Food that helps

  • Kale 
  • Spinach
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries  
  • Strawberries 
  • Turmeric 
  • Celery 
  • Bone Broth
  • Carrots 
  • Artichokes 
  • Red Cabbage 

Many of these foods are also high in Vitamin C, which is super important in dogs with allergies as it is a natural antihistamine. 

All these vitamins and minerals help contribute to the health and well-being of your dog. Ensuring your dog has good insides, means they have the best chance of having good outsides.

 

All these foods should be a part of a balanced diet. Please consult your veterinary professional if there are any concerns surrounding allergies.