Have you noticed that your dog seems to scratch more in summer? As we enter into the warmer months of spring and summer its very common for skin sensitivities to flare up in dogs. That's because the warmer weather and higher humidity increases the allergens in the environment, often causing skin irritations for dogs.
Symptoms of sensitivity and irritation can include:
- red or flaky skin.
A healthy skin and coat is vitally important for your dog as it protects them from injury and infection. Healthy skin also helps control body temperature, insulates your pet from temperature changes and acts as a reservoir for important nutrients. But when your dog's skin is dry and unhealthy, some of these vital functions cannot perform adequately. Also dry skin can be very itchy, uncomfortable and irritating for your dog.
If you are unsure as to whether your dog is suffering from sensitive skin the most important thing to do first is to take them to the vet. Your vet will be able to best advise you on your dog’s skin condition and treatment.
Products designed for dogs with sensitivities
PETLIFE Delicate Shampoo for Dogs and Puppies is a gentle tearless formulation designed to help sooth sensitive skin and maintain a healthy skin and coat. Formulated with Australian Essential Oils this shampoo may be just what your dog needs to keep his skin and coat flake free and smelling fragrant through the summer months.
The most common cause for food sensitivities in dogs is wheat and common protein sources such as chicken, lamb and beef. A suitable alternative protein source is hydrolysed salmon, where the protein molecules have been pre-digested so are highly digestible. PRO PLAN - Sensitive Skin & Stomach contains Hydrolysed Salmon in combination with tune, rice, oats, beet pulp and chicory making it a formula designed to have all the essential elements to help support your dogs skin, digestion and immunity.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.