Skin and coat conditions are common among dogs with vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Even the most wholesome commercial dog foods fail to provide the completely balanced nutritional regimen needed to maintain healthy skin and coat. Minimize skin and coat problems on your dog by supplementing his diet with vitamins.
Vitamin A deficiencies can lead to patches of thinning or missing hair on your dog’s coat. While supplementing your dog’s diet with a small amount of vitamin A may improve coat health, too much could lead to toxicity as well as other health problems in your dog. Consult a veterinarian for safe dosing guidelines before administering vitamin A to your dog.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B Complex refers to a range of vitamins that improve skin and coat health in dogs. Vitamin B Complex helps alleviate symptoms of canine allergies and skin infections while boosting immune system health.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that alleviates the symptoms of allergies and skin conditions in dogs. Supplementing your dog’s diet with vitamin C can help him fight infections and maintain healthy skin and coat.
Vitamin E supplements should be an essential part of every canine diet. While it does contain limited amounts, commercial dog food is not a reliable source of vitamin E. Studies indicate that vitamin E supplementation has an anti-inflammatory effect on certain canine skin disorders and has properties that can relieve the symptoms of some skin diseases.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part in promoting healthy skin and coat in dogs. They have anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent the skin from drying and assist in the treatment of canine skin conditions. Omega-3s are most effective at promoting healthy skin and coat when used in conjunction with vitamin E supplements.
Dosing guidelines for supplemental canine vitamins vary according to dog size and health condition. Always consult a veterinarian for advice on what kind and which amount of vitamin supplements would be best for your dog.
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