When the days start getting longer and the sun seems to shine just a little brighter, I know summer is approaching. More importantly, it’s pool time. Countless hours in the pool with my two favorite fur balls. In and out of the pool, chasing a ball or some improvised chew toy. Their coats hold so much water, that each time they get out of the pool, I swear I see the water level drop an inch. I love it. What I don’t love is what it does to my skin…and theirs. The water and chlorine are brutal, causing horribly dry skin. This always leads to licking. Then scratching. Then chewing. All – not good.
Medically known as canine atopic dermatitis (CAD), dry, itchy skin can be a major issue for dogs. If left untreated, it can lead to lesions, hair loss, bacterial infections and even death. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as a hypersensitivity to allergens.
3 Most Common Allergies
Allergies are a hypersensitive and damaging response of the immune system to external allergens, such as pollen and food. It’s the same for humans and dogs. However, with dogs the signs and symptoms may go unnoticed because our furry friends can’t tell us what’s wrong. So as the leader of the pack, we need to be hyperaware of what to look out for.
Some Signs of Allergies
Scratching and biting on skin
Breathing problems (very serious!)
Fortunately, there is good news! There is a way to help boost your dog’s immune system and decrease the effects of allergies. Omega fatty acids are a major benefit in the fight against allergies and degenerative disorders that can cause inflammation and arthritis. Some research has shown that Omega’s can even prevent allergies from developing in puppies. While every dog is different, there is no argument that your pup could benefit from Omega fatty acids. Here’s the catch…dogs can’t produce Omega’s on their own, so they must get them somewhere else.
Problem: Dogs Can’t Produce Vital Omega Fatty Acids
Solution: Omega Supplements
There are many sources of Omega fatty acids. Some believe that dog food delivers all the dog needs. Unfortunately, because Omega’s are susceptible to heat, most of the benefits become biologically unavailable to your dog due to the cooking/treatment temperatures of dog food. That’s why I give my dog an Omega supplement. My dogs love Omega-3 Select chews from Project Paws. I like them because they’re made from anchovies, which have some of the highest concentrations of Omega’s of any fish. Also, because these are small fish with a shorter lifespan, they don’t contain the high level of toxins like other large fish. They’re also available in two sizes: one for small and large dogs. I love them because each purchase of Omega-3 Select chews provides meals for up to 21 shelter dogs.
Within a month of giving my dogs the Omega-3 Select, I noticed the pool water wasn’t bothering their skin like it used to. Added bonus: their coats look amazing! The key to remember: Your dog needs Omega fatty acids (supplement, fish meat, whatever the source). So whatever you choose, just make it part of a healthier, happier lifestyle for your dog. It definitely made a splash with mine. Or was that the pool?