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Dog Care Guide: Signs of Excessive Oil Intake

So how do you notice if your dog gets too much oil in their diet? There's some signs you can be aware of. Signs will typically appear by the touch, look and feel of their coat. We made a list with some of the things to look out for so you can regulate oil intake, or talk to a nutritionist or vet about their diet.

The signs to look out for excessive oil intake
  1. Greasy coat: If your dog's coat appears greasy or oily, this could be a sign that they are getting too much oil in their diet.

  2. Skin irritation: If your dog's skin appears irritated or inflamed, this could be a sign of too much oil in their diet. This can lead to itching, scratching, and even skin infections.

  3. Dull coat: While it may seem counterintuitive, too much oil in your dog's diet can actually cause their coat to appear dull or lackluster. This can be a result of an imbalance of nutrients in their diet.

  4. Excessive shedding: If your dog is shedding more than usual, this could be a sign that they are getting too much oil in their diet. This can be caused by an overproduction of sebum, which is the oil produced by the skin.

If you notice any of these signs, we would recommend to speak to a nutritionist or vet. They can help you determine the cause of the issue and make recommendations for adjusting your dog's diet.

For a start you should investigate the existing diet. What does it consist, ingredients, amounts, etc. From there you're already well prepared for making changes or talking to a professional.

The sources of excessive oil intake

The sources of too much oil in a dog's diet can vary a lot, depending on the specific diet that your dog is eating. Here we have collected some common sources of oil that can contribute to an overabundance of oil in a dog's diet:

  1. Fatty meats: Meats that are high in fat, such as beef, lamb, and pork, can be a significant source of oil in a dog's diet. Try to reduce these if it's the case.

  2. Oily fish: Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, can be beneficial for a dog's health in moderation. However, excessive amounts of these fish can lead to too much oil in their diet.

  3. Supplements: Some dog food supplements, such as fish oil or omega-3 supplements, can be high in oil and contribute to an overabundance of oil in a dog's diet. Be sure to regulate the intake or take a break and see if there's any improvement.

It's very important to note that some amount of oil is necessary for a dog's health. However, excessive amounts can lead to health issues, as well as issues with the appearance of their coat. It's about finding the right balance.

We always recommend seeking advice from professionals. This would be nutritionists or vets. With them you can determine the appropriate amount of supplements that you need to include or exclude in your dog's diet to promote optimal health.