Dog Food For a Pit Bull With Dry Skin
My almost 2 yo pit bull has terrible dry skin. Based on online research, it seems to be related to his food. He is currently eating Purina Dog Chow and Alpo canned. We mix the two.
I asked my friends on Facebook what else I could do to help him and I got many, many responses of give him oil or bacon fat. There has to be something better. So what IS the best food out there for him?Gale's Reply:
Before we talk about diet and dog foods, I just need to mention that there are other conditions that sometimes mimic the symptoms of dry skin. So please have your dog checked by your vet to be sure the problem isn't parasites, allergies or an infection.
There are lots of good reasons to switch your dog to a premium food beyond clearing up his skin. Not only will he look great, but it's better for his overall health. And once his system adjusts to the new food, you'll notice smaller and less smelly poop.
Since dogs derive their primary energy from protein rather than carbs, the Cadillac category of dog kibble is grain-free. This eliminates most of the stuff you'll find on the shelf at your grocery store.
Some grain-free dog foods that get consistently high marks from reviewers include:
1. Orijen dry dog food
- This one seems to be at or near the top of everyone's list.
2. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Formula
- Another good one.
3. Solid Gold Barking at the Moon dry dog food
There is one downside and that is the cost. On average, quality grain-free kibble will run about $35 - $40 for a 15 lb. bag.
Although not entirely grain-free, products like Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
and Natural Balance Ultra Premium
are considered by many to be a good value. They use all natural ingredients, animal protein is the first listed ingredient and what grain they do use is high quality like brown rice or barley. An 18lb bag of "CSFTDLS" goes for about $25.
Avoid bacon fat period. It's no better for your dog's arteries than it is for yours. And while cooking oil might gloss up your dog's coat a bit, it won't address your dog's overall nutritional needs. Besides, if you're feeding your pit the good stuff--you won't need it.