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Ask Bruce: Treating dry skin

Ann Highgate asks if supplements are the best thing for her West Highland Terrier’s very dry skin?


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Supplements are important and work wonders for all kinds of doggy ailments, but it’s best to first check if there is are any underlying issues.

Your dog’s dry skin could be due to a change in diet, or something missing in his diet, or maybe even an allergy. I would strongly recommend you visit your vet in the first instance to rule out any medical issues.


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If you do discover your dog’s dry skin is not medically or dietary related, then by all means give supplements a go.

There are many on the market including Lintbells, which has a special Itchy Dog range for doggy dry coats and skin. Omega oils are a key ingredient; and these can also be found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna. So perhaps introduce some fishy treats each day for your dog which no doubt he’ll love!

Regularly brushing your dog’s coat will also help. Not only does it remove dead hair, it also distributes the natural oils found in his coat which will moisturise and nourish the skin too.

This article first appeared in the April 2017 issue of award-winning community magazine Look Local