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In clinic, we see a-lot more skin issues during Spring and Summer, however some animals have skin issues all year round.  We are lucky as residents in the northern suburbs, that we have many parklands and pet areas for our animals, but this also means exposure to more environmental issues.  This is evident, with a 30% increase in dogs presented with environmental allergies between 2008 & 2018. Contrary to what we have believed, 90% of skin issues are not caused by food allergies.

 sDogs & cats have much thinner skin than we humans do, so it is more susceptible to injury.  Maintaining healthy skin, helps combat environmental allergies.  The saying “You are what you eat” can be true in this respect. Omega fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants help feed healthy skin and nourish from within.

Scratching the skin can cause allergens to penetrate the skin barrier and lead to irritation.  Prescription skin foods can help strengthen this barrier and limit future skin flare-ups.

As owners, when there is skin irritation, we try to look for the cause, whether it is a change in the home, a pollen, or many other variables.  The most common contributing factor to skin irritation is fleas.  It is important to maintain flea control all year round to alleviate this problem.

When allergy season arrives, pay special attention to your dog’s hygiene.  Wipe away allergens with a damp cloth after walks. Bathe them in recommended shampoos and conditioners along with pet moisturisers. 

It can become necessary to treat skin conditions with antibiotics, injections for itch relief and topical ointments. Supplements in the form of prescription foods can help reduce flare-ups and the necessity to seek Veterinary treatment.

Some breeds are at higher risk of skin irritation, but any dog can be impacted, including mixed breeds.  The common breeds that are susceptible are West Highland White Terriers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labradors and Cocker Spaniels.

Recently there has been a new food introduced in the Hills food range: Derm Defence.  This provides a prescription diet supporting from the inside.

 How it works:

  • With proprietary complex of bio actives and phytonutrients
  • High levels of omega-3 & 6 fatty acids
  • Clinically proven antioxidants, including vitamin E
  • No corn, chicken by product meal, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives

How it helps:

  • Helps strengthen skin barrier
  • Drives healthy skin from within
  • Formulated to help soothe and nourish skin & coat

Helps skin to recover naturally