One common answer for your dog's itchy skin is food allergies -- your dog is reacting to a certain ingredient in his dog food. Another common answer is psychological -- your dog has issues (nervousness, hyperactivity, anxiety). However, one area that tends to get overlooked in the diagnosis of a dog's itchy skin is nutrition, or lack thereof.
When you deprive your dog of essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fats), their body may respond with inflammation of the skin and scratching - your dog's itchy skin!
Your dog is a beloved member of your family. You don't deprive him of nutrients! Do you? You might very well and not even know you are doing it. If you answer yes to the following question, there is a very good chance that you are.
Do you feed your dog commercial dog food? Most dog food companies provide very substandard dog foods without you even knowing it. Just because the label says "well balanced" and "complete nutrition" does not mean that it is. Most of the food that goes into dog food are by-products. A by-product is whatever is left over of a whole ingredient after the healthy, usable portion has been removed. So even though the dog food says it has a certain ingredient, chances are the good part, the part with the nutrients, aren't in your dog's food. This lack of quality nutrients results in your dog's itchy skin.
Proper nutrition is every bit as important for your dog as it is for you. Your pet relies on you solely for his food. Feed him quality, nutritious food and watch a lot of his problems disappear.
There are several alternatives to feeding your dog inferior commercial dog food and most of these will alleviate your dog's itchy skin and other "allergies".
One alternative is to make your own dog food - homemade healthy dog food. In this way you have complete control of what your dog eats. This alternative is considered to be the best since you can provide more of a variety of foods, which is healthier for your dog. It's also great because you can benefit from buying what is on sale at your local grocery store.
Another alternative is to supplement a healthy, all-natural kibble with fresh meat. There are several organic and all-natural dog food companies that care about your pet and provide a quality kibble. Surprisingly, these kibbles are not that much more expensive than a premium commercial dog food.
The last alternative is to find out which dog food companies care about more than just their profits - there are a few out there. You'll just need to learn how to read the ingredient labels to figure it out. And the ingredient labels are tricky! Do you know the difference between chicken, chicken meal, chicken by-product meal, and poultry by-product meal? If you don't, you need to learn.
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Article Added on Thursday, February 5, 2009
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