Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect [Dry Food]

Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect [Dry Food]

Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food is a complete diet food to support skin function in dermatosis and excessive hair loss for adult dogs or young dogs from the age of 6 months.

We took a closer look at the composition and properties of this feed. Learn more about this Happy Dog dog food here.

This recipe serves a special nutritional purpose, it may therefore deviate from that of a normal complete feed.

Because food for dogs with skin problems should have an adjusted content of the polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid and the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).


  • Lining Type:
    Dry Lining (Extruded)
  • Recommendation:
    Complete diet food for hair loss and skin problems

Where can I buy Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food?
Directly from Happy Dog. Or look for this dry food now on Amazon, Fressnapf, or Zooplus.

Product Description for Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protects dry food :

Valuable essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support the skin’s metabolism. Skin-active nutrients help to strengthen the skin barrier.

Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food dry food

The Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food is an extruded dry food. Dry food contains about 8-12% moisture.

The food chunks of this variety are


During extrusion, the ingredients are first dried, chopped up, and mixed before the feed mass is forced through a nozzle using pressure and steam at high temperatures of around ~120-150°C.

The raw materials undergo chemical and physical changes that determine the nutritional value, texture, and digestibility of the product. Feed extrusion is the standard process to produce commercial dry feed.

Ingredients and Declaration

If you want to find out more about dog food, you can read more about typical ingredients or the declaration of dog food here.

Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect Dry Food Ingredients :


Rice flour, dried rice protein, salmon flour (12%), deer protein (dried) (10%), sunflower oil, beef fat, carrots (dried), lignocellulose, liver hydrolyzate, rapeseed oil, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, linseed, chicory powder (0.15% = 0.1% inulin), dried yeast (extracted 0.02% = 0.0032% MOS)

This product is openly declared. The ingredients are named individually and in some cases, their percentage is also given.

Nutritional additives :

vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, biotin, calcium D-pantothenate, niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin C, L-carnitine, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, iodine, selenium

Technological additives :

antioxidants, tocopherol extracts from vegetable oils

In addition to personal preferences, the origin, preparation, or quality of the individual feed components also play a role in the assessment. A total of 15 ingredients appear in the Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food composition.

  1. The first ingredient in this dog food is rice flour.

Rice flour made from white or brown rice is often used as a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. It consists mainly of rice starch.

The individual ingredients are listed in the order of their weight percentage in the fresh mass of the feed. And the first ingredient in this recipe is grain.

Various grains can be found in many feed recipes as cheap sources of energy. Because in addition to fiber, micronutrients, and plant protein, cereals contain a lot of carbohydrates in the form of starch. Since the quality of grain ingredients varies greatly, you should pay attention to clearly named ingredients.

  1. The next ingredient is rice protein.

It is therefore a pure plant protein from rice grains.

Rice protein is considered relatively easy to digest and is used as a supplement or alternative to animal proteins.

  1. In third place, we find a salmon meal.

It is a single-variety meat flour from salmon.

This protein concentrate is made from fish or fish trimmings that have been heated, defatted, dried, and ground.

  1. The fourth ingredient is dried deer protein.

It is single-origin, dried, and ground protein from defatted venison leftovers.

  1. The fifth ingredient in the recipe is sunflower oil.

Sunflower oil is considered a good oil in dog food. It contains, among other things, omega-6 fatty acids and only a few saturated fatty acids.

  1. On to the next ingredient, beef fat.

The fat obtained from the adipose tissue of cattle by melting provides various fatty acids and energy in dog food.

  1. Carrots come in seventh place.

When cooked, carrots are easily digested by dogs and contain, among other things, carotene, minerals, vitamins, and various carbohydrates.

  1. Next comes the eighth ingredient, lignocellulose.

Lignocellulose is an indigestible fiber from the cell wall of woody plants. A small amount of cellulose can help to stimulate intestinal activity.

If this plant fiber makes up a large proportion of the feed, the feed ration should usually be artificially stretched (e.g. in diet feeds ).

  1. The ninth ingredient is liver hydrolyzate.

Liver supplies, among other things, minerals, vitamins, and protein.

During hydrolysis, proteins are split into shorter peptides and free amino acids. This creates an easily digestible protein powder with a low allergy potential, which is also very tasty for dogs.

  1. As the tenth ingredient, we find rapeseed oil.

Rapeseed oil supplies, among other things, omega-3 fatty acids and should also be able to withstand the high temperatures during the preparation of, for example, extruded chunks of food.

Other ingredients

The recipe contains a few other secondary components or additives, but these only make up a small proportion of the feed mass. For example, these supplemental ingredients are more about micronutrients or functional elements.

For example, we find the following additional ingredients in the Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food composition:

L-carnitine plays a central role in fat metabolism and is necessary for normal mitochondrial fat burning. A dietary supplement may be beneficial for active dogs, a diet low in meat, or heart problems.

Potassium chloride provides potassium but is also permitted as an E 508 additive due to its taste-enhancing properties.

Flax seeds are high in protein and fat. They also contain mucilage, which is said to have a stimulating effect on digestion.

Inulin  is a prebiotic polysaccharide made from fructose molecules and soluble dietary fiber. It is considered to be moderately fermentable so that nutrients are supplied to the intestinal flora.

Mannan oligosaccharides (MOS) have a prebiotic effect and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. MOS are indigestible multiple sugars that consist primarily of mannose. Food sources for MOS include yeast cells

Analytical components in the Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food

It is a complete food for dogs.

The nutrient profile must therefore be suitable for the daily diet of sensitive dogs and cover their nutrient requirements in the best possible way.

In the case of skin problems, a supply of polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids is particularly important. Therefore, the exact content of linoleic acid and the sum of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) must be specified for this feed.

Linoleic acid3.2%

Since we couldn’t find any information on the water content, we estimated a moisture content of 10% for this dry food.

If we add moisture and all declared values, we don’t quite get to 100%. The remaining part in this simplified calculation corresponds to the so-called nitrogen-free extracts (carbohydrates) in dog food.

Analytical components
Crude protein24%
Raw fat12.5%
Raw ash8th %
Crude fiber3.5%
Carbohydrates≈ 42%
Humidity≈ 10%

The declared values ​​may vary within a certain range or sometimes only indicate the minimum or maximum content of individual nutrients

In order to be able to compare the declared nutrients in the Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food with those of other types of food, we can calculate the nutritional values ​​on the basis of the dry matter.

In doing so, we adjust all data for the estimated water content. In this way, food types such as wet food and dry food can also be compared with one another.

Analytical components in dry matter
Crude protein26.7%
Raw fat13.9%
Raw ash8.9%
Crude fiber3.9%

For comparison: At least 18-21% crude protein and 5.5% crude fat are recommended for adult dogs and at least 20-25% crude protein and 8.5% crude fat for growing dogs. This lining seems to contain a moderate amount of proteinWe also found this kibble to be medium fat and high in carbohydrates, which is not uncommon for a kibble.

Energy Content

We have not found any information on the calorie density of this food and therefore estimated the value based on the available information at 3526 kcal/kg.

The calories in dog food are primarily made up of the three macronutrients protein, fat, and carbohydrate provided.

Caloric percentage *
Protein≈ 25%
Fat≈ 32%
Carbohydrates≈ 43%

About 284 g of this feed provides 1000 kcal. This serving contains roughly 68 g of protein, 36 g of fat, and 119 g of carbohydrates.

According to pet food industry guidelines, this portion should contain at least 45-52.1 g protein and 13.75 g fat for adult dogs and at least 50-62.5 g protein and 21.25 g fat for growing dogs.

Your dog needs energy from fats or carbohydrates in order to use enough protein as a nutrient and not just as an energy supplier. Fatproteincarbohydrates

proteins provide amino acids as building blocks for all kinds of bodily functions. However, proteins can also be used to generate energy.

Fats from animal or plant sources provide essential fatty acids, and fat also has an enormously high energy density.

carbohydrates are not essential for the dog, but serve as an effective supplier of energy, and dietary fiber and provide the necessary starch for extruded food.

* The contribution of the nutrient groups to the energy content of dog food is presented in a very simplified way using modified Atwater factors (3.5 kcal/g for protein and carbohydrates and 8.5 kcal/g for fat)

Other methods assume in dry food 5.7 kcal/g for protein, 9.4 kcal/g for fat, and 4.1 kcal/g for carbohydrates. Minimum values ​​are specified for raw fat and raw protein, the real values ​​are often higher and the estimated carbohydrates in the composition are correspondingly lower. It is therefore only a matter of showing the roughly estimated proportion of the nutrient groups.


These minerals are listed in the Analytical Constituents:


So this dog food has a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of 1.7:1.

Dogs generally need more calcium and phosphorus during growth and during pregnancy and lactation than they do for maintenance.

Depending on the source, a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of about 1.2:1 to 1.6:1 is recommended. For adult dogs, the ratio should be between 1:1 and 2:1

Excessive calcium intake is particularly problematic for puppies and young dogs of large and very large breeds. Therefore, a maximum ratio of 1.8:1 in late growth was established for young dogs

Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food feeding recommendation

In the product description, we find a recommendation for the Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food dosage (in grams/day):

Ideal weightMatureYoung dog (6-12 months)

Special diet foods should be fed under veterinary supervision. Often you will find a recommendation for the ideal feeding time on the packaging.

Of course, the daily ratio not only depends on the size of your dog but also on its individual energy requirements depending on the stage of life, exercise, diet, etc. So check the portions regularly.

This dry food is intended for adult dogs and puppies. To feed 1000 kcal you need about 284 g of this dog food.

When shopping, always pay attention to the shelf life of the feed, the quality of the packaging, and general feed hygiene during storage.

It is advisable not to buy too much dry food at once! Once the packaging has been opened, it should be stored in a dry and cool place and ideally used up within 2-4 weeks.

Questions about the Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food

Here we try to answer your questions about this dog food:

Is Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food grain-free?

No. Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food contains rice.

For which dogs is Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food intended?

Happy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food is a complete diet food for young dogs from the age of 6 months and adult dogs to support skin function in dermatosis and excessive hair loss. It is a special diet for a specific nutritional purpose. This food should only be fed when recommended by a veterinarian.

Product details

ProductHappy Dog VET Diet Skin Protect dry food
CompanyInterquell GmbH
Brandhappy dog
Lining typedried animal food
Type of foodcomplete feed

The dog food brand Goood also belongs to Interquell GmbH.

The trade association FEDIAF represents the European pet food industry and thus also the German industry association for pet supplies. Members follow dog food labeling and formulation guidelines

PETA Deutschland eV lists Happy Dog as “animal food without animal testing” .

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