Dry Dog Food
What is the Role of Nutrition for the Good Skin and Coat Condition of Your Dog?
The skin and coat condition of your pet is often indicative of its health. Although certain environmental factors contribute to the appearance of a dull coat and excessive hair loss, many of the problems associated with the poor condition of a pet’s skin and coat can be traced back to its diet. A good diet starts with buying the right wet or dry dog food for the age, size, and breed of the pet.
However, to give you a better understanding of the role of quality dry dog food in supporting your pet’s health, we look at the ingredients that support the skin and coat condition of your pet.
Understand the Coat
As explained by Ernest Ward in the article “The Importance of Your Pet’s Skin and Coat, and the Role of Diet in Keeping Them Healthy” published on VCA Hospital’s website, the pet’s hair and skin are needed to keep it warm, prevent viruses and bacteria from entering the body, and avoid excessive loss of heat or water from the body. Proteins form the building blocks for the animal’s coat. If the pet does not get the right amount of protein in its diet, it could experience excessive hair loss. As such, it is essential to buy dry dog food that has a high animal protein content. Indeed, protein should be the first ingredient mentioned on the label.
The coat also consists of skin, made up by fat cells, which are closely packed. Proteins and fats form the membranes of the skin cells. Without proper nutrition, which includes proteins and fats, the membranes lose strength and water can escape. At the same time, bacteria and viruses can penetrate the cells.
Essential Nutrition with Premium-Quality Dry Dog Food
Proteins should form the base of your pet’s diet. As such, look for dry dog food that contains a high level of protein from animal meat. Proteins come from plants and animals, but animal-based proteins have the various amino acids that your pet requires.
Ernest Ward also explains that in addition, the dry dog food should contain fats from animal and plant-based sources. Fatty acids are essential for optimal skin health. Deficiency in, for instance, linoleic acid can lead to a dull and dry coat, in addition to hair loss. With such comes the increased risk of inflammation. Look for kibble that contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to ensure a good skin and coat. The kibble should contain the correct ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.
The vitamins and minerals in the kibble also play vital roles in keeping your pet’s skin and coat in good condition. Rather than relying on supplements, buy premium-quality wet and dry dog food that already contains the right amounts of minerals and vitamins.
Vitamin A is important for skin growth and repair. Vitamin E protects against oxidant damage of the skin cells and Biotin provides assistance in the usage of protein. Vitamin B2 and zinc are important to metabolise protein and fat, while copper is necessary for protein synthesis.
From the above information, it is clear why good skin and coat condition starts with a balanced diet, which your pet can get through quality kibble.
Ward, E. “The Importance of Your Pet’s Skin and Coat, and the Role of Diet in Keeping Them Healthy.” VCA Hospital. Web Accessed May 2018. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/the-importance-of-your-pets-skin-and-coat-and-the-role-of-diet-in-keeping-them-healthy
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