Study links specific nutrients to reduced skin inflammation in dogs
GUELPH, ON, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Spring and summer is allergy season for
humans, but many people may not realize that dogs can also suffer from
environmental allergies this time of year. Instead of coughing and
sneezing, dogs often show signs of seasonal allergies through their
skin - scratching, shedding, poor coat, and inflamed skin.
Unfortunately, skin issues can also be challenging to resolve and be a
source of frustration for pet owners dealing with their pet's
discomfort. "The second most common reason for Canadians to visit their
veterinarian is to resolve their dog's skin issues," says Dr. Bob
Clement, a veterinary expert at Royal Canin Canada. "Skin plays a vital
role in protecting dogs from environmental allergies because many of
the particles that cause allergies are actually absorbed through a
dog's skin - particularly if the skin is dry or unhealthy."
Moisture is a key component in healthy skin. In 2006, the Waltham Centre
for Pet Nutrition conducted research on 27 nutrients to determine which
ones performed best in promoting a healthy skin barrier with reduced
moisture loss. The combination of pantothenate (Vitamin B5), inositol (Vitamin B8), nicotinamide (Vitamin B3), choline (organic compound, B complex vitamin), and histidine (an
essential amino acid) were found to promote a healthy skin barrier by
significantly reducing moisture loss in dogs after just nine weeks.
"That barrier is key. If it is compromised, environmental allergens are
more readily absorbed and can result in allergic reactions that many
pet owners may not recognize," says Clement. "A tell-tale sign of an
allergic reaction in dogs is swollen, red skin, but also look for
excessive paw licking, reluctance to ear handling, and scratching as
other hidden signs of allergies in dogs."
To promote a healthy skin barrier and to complement other therapies,
many veterinarians will recommend a diet that contains these nutrients.
Interestingly, proper nutrition can be very effective to help prevent,
and even help treat, a number of skin issues caused by environmental
If you suspect your dog may be suffering from an environmental allergy,
visit a veterinary professional for a proper diagnosis and ask about
the role of nutrition as one option to help control environmental
allergies in dogs.
Visit www.petfoodnutrition.com/seasonalallergies for more information about the role nutrition plays in promoting a
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Royal Canin is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of high quality, specialized
dog and cat foods in the veterinary, pet specialty and breeder
channels. Its headquarters are in France and production operations
exist in 10 countries around the world, including the Canadian plant
based in Guelph, Ontario. Royal Canin offers a comprehensive veterinary
exclusive line of therapeutic and life stage formulas.
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SOURCE: Royal Canin
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Jessica Danelon, BSc, MSc
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Phone: (519) 780-6879