Does my dog have sensitive skin?
Like people, some dogs suffer from sensitive skin. There are many things that may trigger a dog’s sensitive skin, with some of the most common factors including:
- Seasonal factors such as the sun, wind, rain, cold, and heat
- Environmental factors like dirt, dust, grasses and other pollutants
- Other factors may include stress, dry skin and obesity
Check for the signs
If your dog is scratching or chewing, has red skin or hair loss, they may be experiencing skin sensitivity. It can sometimes be difficult to determine or pinpoint the source – and it could result from contact with a number of allergens including flea bites and dust mites, or a particular food.
Your dog’s outward appearance is a good indicator of general health. So keep an eye on how your dog’s skin and coat looks. Dry, itchy skin is a noticeable sign of sensitivity. If you suspect your dog has sensitive skin, it’s best to seek some advice from your local pet store or visit your vet, who can help identify the problem and recommend the best solution.
Skin is a natural defence
A dog’s skin has several functions, regardless of their age, breed or gender. 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. Smooth and healthy skin also helps to hold your dog’s hair better and promote faster healing from scratches.
Tailored nutrition could help
While most dogs are fine with regular dog food, those with skin sensitivities might benefit from a scientifically developed dog food that helps reduce the risk of adverse food reactions, and is made with high levels of nutrients that encourage skin construction and repair.
PRO PLAN Sensitive Skin & Stomach with OPTIRESTORE is available in an adult and puppy formula (the only sensitive puppy food on the market), and it’s specifically designed for dogs with skin and/or digestive issues.
Two treatments in one
PRO PLAN Sensitive Skin & Stomach is Australia’s only dual action dog formula, which helps restore the health and condition of your dog’s skin and stomach. In fact, 82% of dog owners who trialled the product saw an improvement in their dog’s health within just six weeks.*
Keep an eye on your dog’s skin and coat – it’s a good indicator of general health
Considering a change in diet?
Although you will be keen to see the difference PRO PLAN can make in your dog, please allow seven to ten days to ease this transition from their current food. Each day simply feed a little less of the previous food and a little more of PRO PLAN until you are feeding PRO PLAN exclusively. A gradual transition will help avoid any dietary upsets.