Skin and Coat Health for Dogs

What natural foods are best for healthy skin and coat for dogs?

Healthy fats have an important role in keeping the dog’s skin healthy and fur lustrous. You can introduce these nutritious foods in their diet. Chia seeds are a rich source of vitamin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, zinc and a lot of antioxidants. They contain a lot of alphalinolenic acid a plant based form of omega3 which helps to fight chronic skin inflammation. Chia seeds are gluten free and nourish the skin from the inside out.

Eggs are nutritional powerhouses of protein which is very good for skin and hair of the dog. It also contains lutein which keeps the skin well hydrated and helps in tissue repair. Zinc helps in shiny hair and skin health. Egg yorks are a valuable source of biotin a B vitamin also referred to as vitamin H or B7, this helps with healthy skin, coats. Lack of biotin/vitamin H can result in hair loss, skin irritation, lesions and fungus infection. It is very effective in treating allergic reactions and skin conditions. Eggs contain vitamin A which helps repair cell damage maintains healthy skin and coat.

Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family, tocopherols and tocotrienols are very good for skin and hair of the dog. Almonds also are an excellent source of vitamin B, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, bioflavonoids and a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

Coconut is perfect for treats or a part of daily food diet for a dog. Coconuts contain medium chain saturated fats, which are transformed into energy and contain special properties that act as anti-inflammatory agents to decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation in the dogs body.

Carob is rich in natural sugar and contains all the vitamins and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, silica, vitamin A, B1, B2, niacin and protein. It does not contain caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate so it is perfectly safe for dogs. It also contains vitamin E which is good for skin health, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Carob does not contain oxalic acid, so it does not interfere with calcium absorption.

Oats are a strength giving cereal, low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus. They also contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin B, iron, help in healthy skin and hair, supports the gastrointestinal system and removes toxins from the dogs body.

Liver is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D and vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin. Chicken liver is a good source of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

Wild salmon (canned, cooked) is one of the best sources of omega-3, protein and amino acid which is good for skin and coat, it provides selenium too. Researchers have discovered that small bioactive protein molecules called bioactive peptides and mainly calcitonin have significantly potential health benefits. The human form of calcitonin made by the thyroid gland is the main hormone that helps regulate and stabilize the collagen and minerals in the bone and surrounding tissue.

Cranberries have been used to treat a variety of ailments since olden times, rheumatoid disorders, scurvy fever, skin wounds and eczema. Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components and antioxidants like proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Anthocyanins is the pigment which give the rich red color to the berries and have the strongest antioxidant power of 150 flavonoids, even more than vitamin E. Anthocyanins have an anti-inflammatory action that helps to lessen allergic reactions in dogs.

Sweet potatoes are excellent for skin. They contain a high level of vitamin A, beta-carotene and a very rich source for vitamin E, calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper and thyamine is also present in good amounts. Vitamin C helps to accelerate the process of healing and support the production of collagen in the body.

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