A Healthy Dog is a Well-Oiled Machine

   

By the time I realize the negative effects of when the humidity level drops outside has on my skin it's usually too late. Same goes for when you're petting you're dog and you're wondering if they got into the powdered sugar in the pantry. Dry skin is awfully common in the winter months, a combination of indoor heating and spending more time inside will make even the oiliest complexion resemble a flaky pastry. However, there are simple preventative measures that you and your pup can take to ensure that your skin won't lose all it's ability to retain moisture in the wintery months. Oils that are easy to find in supermarkets and health food stores are the answer. The featured four oils are made up of fatty acids that are also required for production of many hormones in your furry friend's body. So, you're basically killing way too many birds to count with just one oil, take that winter!

OLIVE OIL

This oil is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, phytonutrients, and that's why you'll find it in all of our treats! When topping your dog's food with olive oil, we recommend you use a teaspoon a day for a 30 to 40 lb. dog, or up to a tablespoon for a large 90 lb. dog.

COCONUT OIL

Adding coconut oil to commercial dry food is just as beneficial for your canine as it is for you and your entire family. Studies have also shown putting coconut oil on your dog’s skin directly helps alleviate dryness and rashes, as well as reduce swelling from insect bites such as fleas and ticks. Oh, and your dog will smell like a big Pina colada, too (mmmm, I miss the beach and island drinks). Dogs love when you use coconut oil as a condiment on their food. For a medium-sized dog (30 to 40 lbs), we recommend one-half to one teaspoon daily.

JOJOBA OIL

Rather than topping your dogs food with this oil; we suggest you apply it topically to their skin or even add a few drops to the shampoo you use to bathe your pup. When a hot spot appears, rub this antioxidant-rich oil onto the dry, itchy parts using a damp washcloth to rub it on the affected area gently. Jojoba's fatty glycerides will provide instant itch relief! Although, be aware you don't glob on too much - excess oil maybe licked off. 

FISH OIL

Oh, bless fish oil for how simple it makes taking in the daily recommended amount of omega-3's! Giving your furry friend this oil can be very beneficial; for one it works as an anti-inflammatory agent. It also proves successful in preventing autoimmune disorders. And there's no doubt it'll make your pet's coat shine. Make sure you ask your vet how much you should give your dog. Too much of any supplement can be destructive. 

**BE CAUTIOUS, FOLKS! TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, CAN BE A BAD THING. EXCESS OIL CAN CAUSE DIGESTIVE UPSET, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN.**

   

 


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