Best dog food for dry skin

My adopted dog is 2 years old. He was turned into animal control when we got him.

He was eating Science Diet dog food. His coat was beautiful but he was attacking his feet, scratching like crazy, but no fleas or dermatitis.

So, reading all the things on the Internet about the best dog food out there, I gradually switched him off to a holistic brand of bison and sweet potato dry dog food.

Within two weeks his coat went from shiny to very dry and flaky. He looks terrible.


Editor's Comments

Sorry to hear you're also struggling with that dreaded "itchy dog" problem!

Regarding his dry, flaky skin. Have you checked whether the dog food you're feeding contains adequate amounts of essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 and Omega 6?

This can make a big difference, not only in the quality of a dog's coat, but can also provide relief from itching.

You could try switching to a premium quality, grain free, fish based dog food (such as Orijen 6 Fish, or Fromm's Surf & Turf for example).

Alternatively, if the Bison and Sweet Potato dog food seems to be providing some relief with his paw licking and scratching, then you might wish to consider supplementing his food with a top grade, all-natural source of essential fatty acids, such as:

We hope this helps, and Kudos to you for trying to do the best for your precious baby!

If any of our other visitors have any suggestions or tips on the best dog food for dry skin, please help out your fellow dog lovers, and add them below.

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All is going well
by: Anonymous

I have switched my dog from Infinia Bison & Sweet potato to Taste of the Wild salmon and he is doing so much better. His coat is getting back to where it was and he is no longer scratching like crazy.

I will let you know that after contacting the Infinia folks, they offered a 100% refund and wanted to know exactly what the symptoms were. That to me is a sign of a company that cares, even if their dog food did not agree with mine.

Dry skin
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the suggestions on my dog's dry skin. I am in the process of switching him over to Taste Of The Wild salmon and am already seeing a change.

The vet also put him on Benadryl twice a day for three days which is helping with the scratching. He can now lay down and not leave half of his coat behind.

Thanks for your help!

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