For many pet owners, getting rid of dog dry skin often involves trying one treatment after another that merely results in a temporary fix. This can be quite frustrating, not to mention costly; but the real victim is always the canine companion that has no choice but to endure one hack cure after another. While he or she probably appreciates the attention towards the issue, it is probably safe to say there would be even more appreciation if pet owners threw away the shampoos and supplements and instead took a good close look at what their dog has been eating lately.
The largest organ of the body, for dogs and humans alike, is the skin. One of its main functions is to help secrete wastes out of the body. This is rather helpful until a diet happens to be poor in nutrients and filled with things that are harmful going in and harmful going out. What is interesting is that the vast majority of dogs subsist on commercial dog food diets and dog dry skin is one of the biggest complaints when it comes to canine health issues. This brings into question as to whether commercial dog foods are as wholesome as they like to claim.
In her article, ‘Safe Pet Foods and Truthful Labels: Are They Possible?’ Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM, Esq. states that ‘…legislative loopholes that have existed for decades in the United States have allowed unsafe, even toxic foods to be freely marketed to pet owners all over the world.’
An improper balance of nutrients not to mention additives, preservatives, molds and other toxins commonly found in commercial formulas is bound to result in dog dry skin. Plus, when the skin is covered by fur, additional health issues such as infections, rashes and hair loss tend to enter the picture. Merely treating the symptoms of any of these problems is not enough. Until a dog gets the proper nutrients on consistent basis, he or she will continue to suffer and a dog owner will continue to take hits in the pocketbook. It is in the best interest of both parties to make the switch to a clean natural diet of fresh meat and bone as soon as possible.
Rather than applying topical ointments or shampoos that introduce even more chemicals to a dog’s skin, a diet of raw meat and bone works to heal the skin from the inside out. This is not only because raw meat and bone is devoid of additives and preservatives, but because it provides live enzymes, phytochemicals, antioxidants, flavinoids, vitamins, minerals, natural calcium, phosphorus and a full range of over 35 proteins.
It is only common sense that a permanent and natural solution to dog dry skin would be as simple as going back to the diet Mother Nature originally developed the canine species on over 15 million years. With every nutrient in a diet of meat and bone in it’s natural uncooked state being efficiently utilized, the ill effects of a toxic commercial diet can be reversed within weeks. The skin becomes nourished, healthy and whole and dry skin problems simply vanish without a trace.