Negative reactions to food are the third most common cause of skin problems in dogs after fleas and environmental triggers like pollen and dust. Not only do adverse food reactions cause skin problems, but they also cause stomach and intestinal issues, such as vomiting and diarrhea. But what makes undesirable food reactions particularly challenging for dog owners and veterinarians is that they often occur along with other allergies and cause very similar symptoms.
“The most common sign associated with an adverse food reaction is a chronic, intense itchiness that doesn’t vary with the season, although other signs may be present, too,” says Dr. Alex Bradley, DVM, of Hamby Road Animal Hospital. “It’s important that these pets be evaluated by their veterinarians to determine the underlying cause of their symptoms, since many different factors can produce skin itchiness.
“Pet parents should also realize that a dog’s skin and coat can be affected by many dietary factors, such as protein quality, essential fatty acids and antioxidants,” Dr. Bradley explains. “So even if the cause of a skin condition isn’t food related, many dogs may still benefit from a high-quality diet formulated for sensitive skin.”
Diamond CARE: A specialized diet designed with dogs and price in mind
Diamond CARE is a line of specialized diets that are high in quality and palatability, without the high price. All Diamond CARE formulas provide complete nutrition, so you can feed your dog the special diet they need for as long as they need it. Diamond CARE dog and cat foods are available wherever Diamond pet foods are sold.
Diamond CARE Sensitive Skin Formula for Adult Dogs is a limited-ingredient diet that can help address your canine companion’s skin issues. Nutrient-rich hydrolyzed salmon is the single protein source, while peas provide high-quality carbohydrates and great taste in this grain-free formulation*. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in an ideal ratio are added to promote healthy skin and shiny coat. Plus, guaranteed levels of antioxidants and K9 Strain probiotics help support a strong immune system.
You can learn more about Diamond CARE Sensitive Skin Formula for Adult Dogs by visiting the product information page.
Your veterinarian will be able to determine if your dog’s skin issues are food related. Even if they aren’t, consider talking with your veterinarian about the pet food you’re feeding and whether your dog might benefit from a change.
*The facility in which this food is made also makes food that may contain other ingredients, such as grains. Trace amounts of these other ingredients may be present.