THIER FIRST DEFENCE IS HEALTHY SKIN
No matter their age, breed or gender, a dog’s skin provides several key functions. It accounts for 24% of a young puppy’s body weight, and 13% of an adult dog’s body weight, providing a vital protective layer as a first defence against the outside world.
APPEARANCE AS AN INDICATOR OF DOG HEALTH
Your dog’s outward appearance is a good indicator of their general health. Skin reactions can be caused by the food your dog consumes, fleas, or something else in their environment.
Keep an eye on how your dog’s skin and coat looks. If you suspect they have sensitive skin, the first thing you should do is visit your vet, who can help and advise you. They may want to conduct tests to find out what type of condition your dog has, and will advise what action needs to be taken, such as feeding an elimination diet to try and find out the root cause of your dog’s sensitive skin.
DOG SKIN ALLERGIES
A dog may show signs of discomfort which could be down to allergies. These might be triggered by contact with, or inhalation or ingestion of, a number of allergens including flea bites, dust mites and particular foods. For tailored advice, visit your vet to find out how to best help your dog.
DOES YOUR DOG HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?
There are many things that may trigger a dog’s sensitive skin. Here are some of the most common:
- Seasonal factors include the sun, wind, snow, rain, cold, and heat – anything that might cause your dog’s skin to dry out or make it less than comfortable.
- Environmental Factors include dirt, dust, grasses and other pollutants.
- Other factors may include stress, dry skin and obesity. If you think any of these are affecting your dog’s sensitive skin, consult your vet.