If you have a German shepherd pup, then you might have some issues with dull coats and flaky or itchy skin. Luckily, you’re not alone, and there’s a solution to these troubles!
First, a little lesson in dog biology. There are some nutrients that a pup’s body does not produce but are necessary or beneficial to them, which means they have to get them from food or some other external source. However, when it comes to dog food, even though these nutrients are listed in the ingredients, the superheating of processed food often kills of these components before they can get to your pup.
So what is this nutrient I’m talking about? Well, to be more specific, it’s a fatty acid. Omega-3 is an important part of keeping a pup’s coat and skin healthy and free of flakiness or thinness. But that’s not all it’s good for! A deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids can cause:
- Increased symptoms of allergic reactions
- Slow healing of wounds
- Hair loss
- Ear infections
- Pain in joints
- Hot spots
- Decrease in immune system functions
So how can your pup get this into their system? There are plenty of Omega-3 supplements available out there that are safe for dogs. However, in order to choose the right kind, you need to understand their sources. Bigger fish are usually not the best sources for this acid, as they eat smaller fish and absorb the toxins from their bodies. As an example, salmon is high in Omega-3, and also in lead and mercury, so it’s a no-go!
You want to stick to Omega-3 fatty acids from smaller fish with shorter lifespans. Anchovies are one of the best, as they’re packed full of this component and have also been proven to be effective sources of fatty acids in numerous studies.
Remember, before purchasing any supplement, it’s a good idea to check with your vet about what would be the best option for your pup. Do like and share this with other pup parents who may find this information useful!