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June 28, 2022
The most common causes of poor skin and coat condition in dogs are reactions to the food they eat.
When it comes to keeping a dog’s skin and coat healthy, many owners are turning to a fish-based, omega 3 rich diet. Here's Why.
Not all Omegas are created equally. When a dog's body metabolizes Omega 6 fatty acids (found in vegetable oils and chicken fat), it releases chemicals known as series-1 eicosanoids. These chemicals in over-abundance in the body can cause skin irritation.
A surplus of these omega 6 fats causes an increase in these eicosanoids in the blood, which puts the body in a “state of alert”, causing it to overreact to small disturbances caused by the diet.
Omega 6, from chicken and vegetable oil is extremely cost effective, so many standard commercial diets have a high ratio of omega 6 content. Adding Omega 3 to the diet can counteract the effects of omega 6 putting the body back into balance by producing anti-inflammatory series-3 & 5 eicosanoids.
Feeding a high-quality fish-based food or supplementing with a small quantity of pure fish oil, is the most effective way of achieving the correct ratio. Another helpful benefit of fish is that fish oils hydrate the skin.
Fish oils promote the production of sebum, an oily waxy substance that can help lubricate. With increased levels of sebum, the skin becomes supple and hydrated to give a little extra relief to any skin complaint. The dog’s hair is coated with a protective oily layer, giving the coat a beautiful shine.
Fish4Dogs Finest Complete Food is a premium, highly palatable, natural and nutritionally balanced food made from limited ingredients. It is grain-free, healthy, and made without chicken, lamb, beef, or pork proteins often responsible for causing intolerances in some dogs.
To find out more about Fish4Dogs Finest Complete Food, or the Fish4Dogs Support+ range of salmon oil and treats designed to support skin and coat condition visit our online store.
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