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How Do I Choose the Best Dog Food for Sensitive Skin?

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  • Written By: Marisa O'Connor
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 10 February 2018
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The best way to find the best dog food for sensitive skin is to research the facts. Ask your friends and family if they've had similar problems and have any advice for your dog. A veterinarian is always a good source of help when it comes to your dog's health. Make sure to pay attention to the labels and that you're giving your dog age- and breed-appropriate food. If all else fails or if you enjoy cooking and experimenting, home-cooked dog food can usually take care of most sensitive skin problems.

One of the first things to do when choosing the best dog food for sensitive skin is to ask friends and family about their experiences. The best advice you are going to get is from a dog owner with the same or similar breed of dog and skin problems. If none of your friends and family have dealt with this issue successfully, your next stop should be the veterinarian. Veterinarians have specialized training about your dog's health and should have the answers you're looking for.

Consider the stage of life and breed of your dog when choosing the best dog food for sensitive skin. Not every kind of dog food is right for every type of dog. Some one-size-fits-all dog foods are available, but it's likely that your dog will require more specialized food if he or she has sensitive skin. Feed your dog puppy food when he is a puppy and senior food if she is older. Most dog foods are made for all breeds of dogs, but if the skin sensitivity is common within the breed, there may be specialized food for your breed on the market.

Dog food manufacturers are also important to consider when choosing the perfect dog food for sensitive skin. This is not always the case, but in general most popular brands got popular because they have consistent quality. This can be a bit tricky when shopping for specialized foods for sensitive skin, but if all else is equal, going with a brand you know is always a good idea.

Another piece of advice for choosing the best dog food for sensitive skin is to try out a few brands. Once you have a couple possibilities narrowed down, try out a brand for about a month and see the effects. If the first brand you chose works great, then there's no need to try anything else. It's likely that you'll need to try out a couple of brands to find the most effective food for your dog's needs.

There is a wide variety of specialized dog foods just for sensitive skin on the market. An alternative to store-bought dog foods is to home cook your dog's food. This is a great option because you can adjust the ingredients personally, and you know exactly what is going into the food. Dogs and humans with food sensitivities greatly benefit from eating home-cooked foods with whole ingredients rather than relying on packaged, highly processed foods.

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