How to feed your Dog for Healthy Skin & Coat

One of the first things you notice about a dog is the condition of his skin & coat. Certain skin conditions will require medical intervention as well as a change in diet, so please consult your Vet if you suspect there's something more serious going on with your pet's skin condition. However, all dogs can benefit from a healthier diet which plays a significant role in the maintenance of a top-notch coat!

If I were to choose what to feed my dog if I was focusing on skin & coat condition, I would mostly look at the amount of two nutrients.


Research shows that around 25-30% of the protein a dog takes in goes towards the maintenance of her coat. At first this statistic may seem excessive, but when you consider that the skin is the largest organ in a dog's body and is composed 95% of protein - it's no surprise. A deterioration in coat condition is only of the first signs of a dog deficient in protein.

Dry Dog Food designed for coat health should contain at least 21% protein - although this is a minimum and even higher protein levels are often better for your dog's health in general. After the protein content you should look at the ingredients list. An animal-based protein such as chicken or lamb matches your dog's needs generally far better than plant-based protein, however some dogs thrive on carefully-formulated vegetarian diets.


Fats, particularly fatty acids are also vital for the maintenance of a healthy coat. A diet that provides enough fat content as well as the correct balance of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids will not only moisturise the skin from the inside out and reduce the risk of inflammation, but it can actually help prevent infection.

For Dry Dog Foods, a fat content between 10-20% is recommended for optimal coat care. Most manufacturers will not give a breakdown of fatty acids on their ingredients list, however ingredients such as Salmon or Flaxseed Oil are good indicators that the food contains a healthy amount of Omega 3 & 6.

Finally, one should also pay attention to the micronutrient profile of a food. With regards to skin & coat care, it should contain Vitamins A & E, as well as Zinc, Copper, Iodine and Manganese - all of these help control skin inflammation as well as grow new skin cells properly.

After following this advice, you should see a noticeable difference in the quality of your dog's coat within 1-2 months. However as always, should you feel that there is something more serious behind your pet's deteriorated condition, always consult your Vet.

No Comments to How to feed your Dog for Healthy Skin & Coat

Leave a Reply