"In long-haired small breeds, such as the West Highland White Terrier, as much as 30 percent of the daily protein intake is utilized for hair production. (Hair is almost entirely protein.)

"In short-haired large breeds that do not shed much, such as the Doberman Pinscher and Great Dane, 10 percent of the daily protein intake is used to generate new hair...

"..canine dermatology cases often reach 30 percent of all ailments treated by veterinarians in private practice...

"Any owner with a dog that suffers from a chronic skin disorder should consider having an evaluation by a specialist in veterinary dermatology... American College of Veterinary Dermatology" (Dunn, T.J. "The Skinny on Skin." Dog World, Mar. 2004: 12-13).

Colby Glass, MLIS