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Pit-Bulls with Skin Allergies


Pit bull terriers are known for their muscle mass, physical strength and sweet nature. Those that suffer from skin allergies, however, may need a little extra love sent back their way.

Susceptibility to skin issues 

While pit-bulls are generally a healthy breed, their short coat can allow easy exposure to allergens, pests and other irritants. 

Pit-bulls are highly susceptible to seasonal allergies which cause them to scratch all over, sometimes causing more than just hair loss; untreated allergies can lead to sores and skin infections.

Allergy locations

Bald spots, alongside excessive licking, are usually visual indicators of a skin allergy on your pit-bull. Due to their sensitivity toward contact allergens, often their irritation occurs at the site of exposure, so skin allergies can occur all over your pit-bull, including on their face or as a rash on their belly. 

Causes of skin allergies

Environmental, seasonal, and contact allergens are the most common culprits of skin allergies in pit-bulls. Seasonal allergens, such as pollen, can be a major cause of skin allergies for pit bulls, along with shampoos, detergents and other household items. Allergies to foods and medications can also manifest as skin problems.

Treatment options for your furry friend

  • Use hypoallergenic shampoos and lotions
  • Keep your pit-bull up to date on their flea and tick medications
  • Be mindful of how much sun your pit-bull is getting; their short hair means they can burn more easily than other breeds which can further irritate skin allergies
  • Try hydrocortisone spray or coconut oil for quick itch relief, or speak to your vet about allergy shots for severe reactions
  • Consider a dietary switch; if your pit-bull is suffering from dry and itchy skin, they may have and imbalance of fatty acids, and supplementing them with fish oil and omega-3’s, may help restore their skin condition and reduce inflammation

Food ingredients to help your pit fight allergies

Make sure your dog is getting key nutrients like copper, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, B3, and B5.  Omega 3’s and other fatty acids such as linoleic acid may be helpful in restoring and maintaining skin and coat quality.  You may want to consider probiotic supplementation as a way to possibly relieve allergies. 

Consider these dietary adjustments for you pit-bull with the following conditions:


Coat Color Changes

Dietary Needs and Adjustments

Increase amino acids which can be found in  protein (>75 grams per 1000 calories); use our calculator to convert a label percentage to the caloric basis (grams per 1000 calories)

Concurrent GI Signs

Avoid foods with tryptamine and histamine such as dairy or fermented vegetables and meats (yes, this includes bacon); try a simple ingredient food trial

Chronic Itching and Dermatitis

Fortify the diet with Vitamin E, B Vitamins, Zinc, and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil; add a probiotic; try a simple ingredient food trial

Dull Coat and Scaling

Adjust EPA and DHA levels in the diet (added fish oil being the most common way); try a food that has added zinc

Dandruff and Crustiness

Add Zinc and Vitamin A levels

How fresh food can help

Providing your pit-bull with fresh food can help them get the vitamins, nutrients and fatty acids they need. Fresh food usually contains ingredients that are simple and easy to understand, since they’re things we would eat ourselves. This makes it easier to monitor what your pit-bull is consuming and avoid unwittingly giving them foods that contain irritants. 

About Nom Nom

Nom Nom offers well-balanced, healthy food that may be able to help with your pit-bulls skin issues. Each recipe includes nutrient mix with the good stuff your pit-bull needs. Plus, the recipes are portioned to your dog’s size and weight goals. Nom Nom guarantees quality, fresh, whole ingredients, that are prepared under high safety regulations, so every meal is wholesome and safe for your pit-bull. 

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