We have compiled the most important tips for a healthy coat and for the prevention of skin diseases for you here:
- Feed your dog high-quality dog food according to its needs. In particular, high-quality salmon oil, zinc, biotin and other B-vitamins ensure an optimal fat balance, promote regeneration processes and maintain skin and hair health.
- Only bathe your dog when necessary and use special skin-friendly, pH-neutral shampoos for dogs to prevent the skin from drying out.
- Brush your dog regularly: skin problems and diseases caused by matted fur can be prevented in this way.
- Take preventive measures against ectoparasites such as ticks, fleas and lice. In addition, check the coat after walks and also look out for injuries to the skin or skin rashes.
- If possible, take off the collar and chest harness indoors so that the skin and coat are not permanently exposed to mechanical stress such as pressure an friction.
- In the cold season, make sure that the humidity in living rooms is not too low (40 % to 60 % is optimal) and that rooms are not heated too much. This dries out the skin unnecessarily.
- If you use dog clothing in wet and cold weather due to your dog's coat type, make sure it fits properly and is made of fur-friendly material.
Individual feed adaptation for skin and coat problems
Therefore, supporting and maintaining skin and coat health starts with the intake of important nutrients. These include essential amino acids and fatty acids as well as vitamins, trace elements and antioxidants. For a dog to remain healthy and symptom-free in the long term, its diet should consist of well-tolerated protein and carbohydrate sources. Vitamins, oils, fibre and minerals are also necessary for a balanced diet. Especially for dogs with known food allergies, the food should be individually composed to avoid a reaction of the skin.