Preventing puppy skin problems
Brushing a dog’s coat is one of the best ways to prevent dry skin in puppies.
This is because each time you brush your pup’s coat it wipes away any dry skin
flakes that may be resting on the surface. These skin flakes can cause
irritation if left to build up, and this irritation will ultimately lead to your
Brushing also helps to encourage oil glands in your puppy’s skin to develop. These
glands are an important part of keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy and at its
best. Brushing your puppy from a young age gets them use to the idea of grooming
quickly, reducing the risk of them not liking being brushed when they are older.
Olive oil is full of good fatty acids that will help nourish your dog’s skin. Fatty
acids such as omega 3 are crucial to your pup’s skin and coat development. Adding just a
few drops to your pup’s food a day can make a real difference, especially if they are
already suffering from dry skin.
Puppy shampoo can make a big difference to your puppy’s coat whilst they are developing
into an adult. Most shampoos contain a range of different oils and ingredients to
improve the elasticity of your dog’s skin. These special ingredients also help to repair
and nourish any skin that may have become slightly dry.
When shampooing your puppy make sure you use a pet shampoo and not a human one. Human
shampoos have not been designed with pets in mind and could end up doing more harm than
good. When it comes to selecting a great pet shampoo we suggest you speak to your local
vet, as they will know which shampoo is best depending on your dog’s breed and size.
Keeping your dog hydrated is important for a number of reasons. One of these reasons is
that a dehydrated pooch could develop puppy skin problems. Skin issues such as loss of
elasticity and wrinkles are prominent in dehydrated dogs. If you notice these symptoms
appearing you should make sure your dog always has access to fresh clean water. If your
puppy then still resists drinking you should take them to your local vet, as there may
be a more serious issue at hand.
Choosing the Right Food
The kind of food you feed your puppy can have a large impact on their coat and skin. If
you’re looking for a complete dog food that’s clinically proven to support healthy skin,
then take a look at our puppy food. Purina® Pro Plan® Dog Puppy Sensitive Skin with
Optiderma® has been specifically created to help puppies with skin issues.
Each bowl helps reduce possible skin discomfort associated with food sensitivity thanks
to selected source of protein (more than 90% coming from salmon) and the inclusion of
skin targeting nutrients such as zinc, essential fatty acids and vitamins A,E, and B.
Check out the full Pro Plan Puppy range to
find out how Pro Plan can help improve your dog’s health and wellbeing.