What are the best probiotics to help with dog skin allergies?
Dog skin problems can make your pet miserable and cost a small fortune to treat, often without lasting success. Before you give up in despair why not try probiotics and making a few key changes in your dog’s routine that might surprise you.
The number one reason for visits to the veterinarian (over 40%) and one of the hardest to help pets with, are skin and coat problems. Hot spots, allergies, dermatitis are becoming more and more common and can result in a dog that drives herself (and you) crazy with non-stop scratching, itching and excess shedding.
The better quality probiotic you use, the more support it will provide for a healthy skin and coat primarily by helping normalize the digestive system in dogs. Top quality probiotics can make an incredible difference in dog skin health, therapeutic dose probiotics (those high in both CFUs and containing numerous dog beneficial strains) are vital if you want to see a change in your dog’s coat condition. They help eliminate food allergies (a cause of many skin problems) and also help support a healthy immune system by balancing the ratio of bad bacteria in the gut and helping your dog’s body fight those pathogens by increasing the colonies of good bacteria in her digestive tract.
You can also help your dog’s coat by never using dish detergent or people shampoo to bathe. Even the PH of baby shampoo is much too high for dogs and can strip the protective acid mantle and predispose your dog to skin problems. Using a coat conditioner is a good idea if your dog suffers from dry skin and coat and has the added benefit of making her fur easier to brush and can help reduce shedding.
Adding Omega 6 fatty acids like Coconut Oil can help moisturize and soothe irritated and dry coat from the inside. Start with a 1/4 teaspoon per day for small dogs, a teaspoon to a tablespoon for the larger canines.