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What Your Dog's Skin May Be Trying to Tell You

If your dog's skin could talk, you might get different messages, but one thing would be for sure with this common condition: Something's off balance in your dog's body. The good news is, it’s usually easy to fix, and any dog could benefit from this recommendation, even if it isn't the primary cause.

flaky skin in dogs


  • A top cause of dry, flaky skin in dogs is not enough omega-3 fats, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaneoic acid (EPA)
  • Adding wild-caught salmon and/or sardines to your pet's meals several times a week is one way to increase their intake of DHA and EPA, however many pets also benefit from omega-3 supplements, like krill oil
  • Both too many or too few baths can contribute to flakes in your dog's coat
  • Coconut oil is useful for relieving dry skin, both as a topical treatment and consumed orally
  • Thyroid problems, including hypothyroidism in dogs and hyperthyroidism in kitties, are another potential cause of flaky skin

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