I have a couple of new things for you in today’s newsletter!
I’m excited to feature, long time friend, Alli G. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge on all things dog nutrition. Whenever I have a client that has a pupper with allergy or skin issues due to food or that just wants the best for their pet, I always send them her way. If you have any food or nutrition related questions, feel free to submit them into our Q&A.
Foreman is your sweet older uncle who just wants to sit in his favorite chair. He will go for a walk with you, but he’s also really happy to have a good long snooze on the couch. Since he’s older, he’s definitely got his mind set on being the only pet in the house, but he will tell you stories and keep you safe if you promise to lend him your ear.
You can visit his profile by clicking the photo.
Speaking of, today will be featuring my very first video featuring our very first Q&A submissions! Today’s video will be covering a beagle mix that barks at everything in the home and outside on walks, as well as, differentiating when a dog will need behavior or obedience training.
See you next week!
Owner – Operator
Canine Perspective, Inc.
What Can I Do About My Dog’s Dry Skin?
I get asked this question constantly! The most common misconception is that the best solution for dry skin is a new shampoo. While a gentle, high quality shampoo can definitely aid in keeping the coat moisturized, the best way to solve this problem is by taking an internal approach. In fact, over-bathing will strip the coat of its naturally occurring oils. I recommend a bath every 4-6 weeks with a high quality soap free shampoo. My favorite is Bobbi Panter!
So, what’s this all mean?!
Fish oil – while most foods add some omegas, they are cooked down, oxidized, and much less effective and potent by the time they make their way into your dog’s body. Adding a fresh fish oil onto your dogs food can surely do the trick. This oil is jam packed with naturally occurring omega fatty acids. A good quality fish oil will not have a fishy smell! (Make sure it is dog specific, not the human kind) My favorite is Nordic Naturals!
Coconut Oil – each oil has its own properties, so rotating your oils is also beneficial. This oil has anti-fungal properties as well, so it can be applied externally and even in the ears to combat infections! Be sure your coconut oil is cold pressed & unrefined. Feed about 1tsp per 10lbs for best results. (I buy the big container from Costco!)
FOOD FOOD FOOD! – I won’t touch on food too much this month. But, if your dog’s skin is constantly dry, think about what is going into them every single day. FOOD!! Dry food is a huge offender of skin issues. Most foods are overloaded with starchy carbs which will contribute to skin problems. All dry foods must contain plenty of starch to hold the kibble together. Many grain free foods turn to cheap starches like potato, lots of potato! This means eliminating the grains didn’t necessarily improve the food! Those sneaky dog food companies! If kibble is your food of choice and your dog has dry skin, check the ingredients and cut out potato! My favorite kibble for dry skin? Orijen, Acana & Zignature, because they are all grain AND potato free!