Do you have a dog who is scratching a lot? Or maybe your dog has dry, flaky skin. Of course, the first thing I would suggest is to get an appointment with your veterinarian, veterinarian dermatologist or veterinary food therapist and possibly a dog behavior counselor. You will want to ensure that you are addressing the root of the problem which can be medical and/or behavioral. Once you have a good diagnosis, your treatment plan can take place.
One additive to consider when trying to cure your dog’s flaky skin is a fatty acid supplement or fish oil. Omega-3s are important in your dog’s overall health and skin and coat condition. They also help reduce inflammation, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease & are typically recommended for heart issues. But you need to be careful to ensure a quality product that has the right ratio of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
With the guidance and recommendation of our veterinary food therapist, we use Vetoquinol AllerG-3 Supplement in the pump form (they also make capsules). We use our omega-3s to keep Dexter’s skin and coat healthy and shiny. AllerG-3 is made of fish oil in the triglyceride (TG), or natural form. According to their website, “AllerG-3 products contain the only fish oil to achieve USP ingredient verification. USP uses rigorous standards to evaluate manufacturing and quality control systems and test ingredient samples for compliance with identity, strength, quality and purity claims as well as acceptable contaminant limits.”
Since Vetoquinol AllerG-3 Supplement is safe for most dogs, my veterinarian and I felt it was a safe and healthy way to work on preventing dry skin, inflammation, arthritis and help keep a healthy heart.
If you have a dog breed who is prone to arthritis or heart issues, Labrador retrievers, German shepherd dogs, golden retrievers and, of course, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels come to mind, you might what to ask your veterinarian about Vetoquinol AllerG-3 Supplement.
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