17 May, 21
As mammals, one of dogs’ characterising features are their coats of fur. While some breeds are almost completely furless (including the American Hairless Terrier, Xoloitzcuintli, and Argentine Pila Dog), they are an exception rather than the norm. The vast majority of dogs are coated, and much like their skin, their fur can suffer from a range of health conditions. Common skin and fur conditions include dryness, eczema, rashes, and mange. They often crossover with each other, so should not be viewed in isolation and are ideally treated together.
By providing nutritional supplements, dog owners can support their pet or working animal’s overall skin and coat health. There are lots of options to choose from, though, and deciding which supplement to use can take time and consideration. Based on our extensive experience of pet and working dog husbandry, these are some of the things we consider when select the best supplement for our dogs’ coats and skin.
Ingredients are very important in determining whether or not a supplement will benefit your dog’s skin and coat. Ideally, these should be natural and known to promote health and wellbeing. Synthetic and artificially manufactured ingredients are harder for dogs to process than natural ones and are more likely to have adverse long-term effects as they build up in a dog’s body. In our experience, the best dog skin and coat supplements usually contain substantial amounts of collagen. Collagen holds the dermal layer and fur follicles together, which in turn keeps your dog’s fur strong and healthy. It also plays a key role in strengthening skin and supporting hydration and elasticity.
We would also suggest that you investigate what kind of company makes and sells your supplement. Pet feeds and nutritional supplements are often sold by corporations with very highly marked-up prices as their primary concern is generating profit over animal wellbeing. Small companies owned and managed by working-dog handlers are far more likely to be genuinely focused on product quality and effectiveness, and may well offer better supplements.
To this end, we believe that MyDog Nutrition currently makes the UK’s best dog skin and coat supplements. Our high-quality ingredients and first-hand knowledge of the dogs we love and work with set our products apart from all others. Our products were made with our own dogs’ wellbeing in mind, and we are excited to share them with other pet and working dog owners.
If you have any other questions about products, please email us on [email protected]. Our team will be happy to help.