It’s a Dog’s World… 10 Foods to Make Your Dog’s Coat Glow
I just love the moments I share with my dog Angel. Petting her is especially pleasurable because of her soft coat. This is not the case, however, for dogs who are plagued with itchy, flaking skin and dull coasts, a common problem for Florida canines.
Supplements, oils and powders may first come to mind to remedy your pet’s skin and coat problems, but don’t forget to explore whole foods as well. Pet nutritionists recommend the following foods for natural results:
- Eggs: Eggs (cooked – not raw) are powerhouses. They contain Vitamin A to promote cell turnover and Zinc for wound healing.
- Almonds: Ground into a powder using a blender or almond meal (available at many grocery stores) contain Vitamin E and should be used in small quantities.
- Chia Seeds: Contain healthy omega-3 fats and are a good source of antioxidants and protein which combat skin inflammation and improve the skin’s texture and softness.
- Liver: Enhances healthy skin.
- Wild Salmon: Cooked wild salmon appear to boost the immune system.
- Cranberries: Prevent inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage.
- Oats: Cereal low in starch and high in mineral content. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber.
- Coconut: Raw coconut contains saturated fats that can decrease bacterial growth.
- Carob: Rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Carob also has natural antibacterial properties.
- Sweet Potatoes: A skin superfood, especially when cooked.
If you have a recipe you serve up to your family pet, please share it with me. I’ll be happy to post it. Pet photos are always welcome.