Too much (additional) food or food that doesn't suit your dog can cause skin and fur problems. Dogs that suffer from skin and fur problems benefit from adapted food.

Symptoms

  • Excessively licking and biting legs, toes and stomach area.
  • Skin flakes and/or bald spots.
  • Warm ears and/or groin.
  • Moulting
  • Causes

Itching is a common problem in dogs and can have many causes. Think about, for example, fleas, food that doesn't suit it (anymore), a feeding method that doesn't suit it, itching after diarrhoea problems, food intolerance or external influences such as mites, pollen and grasses. It's important to trace back when you last treated your dog for fleas and to brush your dog with a flea comb regularly.

Food

In addition, food and the method of feeding play an important role in preventing and solving itching. Adjust the type of food to your dog's nutritional needs and preferably give at least three meals a day. This ensures that the gastrointestinal system of your dog is not overloaded and your pet can absorb and utilise the nutrients optimally.

Bread, cheese or leftovers can increase itching.

Don't do it!

We advise not to give additional feeding in the form of bread, cheese or leftovers. Also limit the giving of dog treats such as bones, buffalo skin sticks, bull's tendons and dental sticks. These extras can disrupt the digestion with all kinds of consequences. Often we see that dogs receive extra food like bread next to their chunk food, but what is good for us isn't always good for our pets. There are certain nutrients in bread that dogs (and humans) don't always respond well to. Some dogs may get diarrhoea, gas, stomach growls and/or itching after eating bread.

Spoil in moderation

You can spoil and reward your dog by giving a small part of an apple, cucumber or carrot as a treat. Apple, cucumber and carrot can easily be given – in moderation. They contain lots of moisture and your dog can easily pee this out. You can also keep a part of the daily portion of kibble food or fresh meat apart and use this to reward your dog. It often doesn't really matter what you give, it's mainly the gesture of giving something! Do you want more tips, advice or personal support with choosing the right kind of food? Our Prins CareTeam is ready to help you

Annerike from the CareTeam

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