Any dog owner knows that if not addressed, one small problem can cause extended discomfort and pain for your dog. Though dry skin is a common occurrence amongst canines, it can give both owners and their animals a lot of grief if left unresolved. For the complete comfort of you and your pup, here is a breakdown of the symptoms of dog dry skin, and how to safely treat it.
How To Find It (Symptoms)
Causes of dog dry skin in winter and all throughout the year can vary depending on the dog. Whether the culprit is allergies, parasites, poor diet, infection, cold weather, irritating shampoos, thyroid problems, or systemic disorders, general symptoms associated with dry skin include:
- Excessive scratching
- Licking or biting themselves
- Cracking and toughness
- Increased oiliness
- Hair loss
Many dogs will exhibit several of these symptoms, and some might only present a few. Keep an eye on your dog’s symptoms, and consult with your veterinarian as soon as you notice dry skin.
How To Fix It (Treatment)
Diagnosis is half the battle, but treating dog dry skin patches is the other half that will require answers to the questions, how do you moisturize a dog's skin? And what can I put on my dog's dry skin? Here are some natural remedies, proven products, and other helpful tips to aid your dog.
Home Remedies for Moisturizing A Dog's Skin
Moisturizing your dog’s skin encompasses not just oils or lotions, but also environmental factors, and a high-quality diet.
Natural Moisturizers: Natural products like tea tree oil, fish oil, coconut oil, calendula extract, and vitamin E are safe and healthy for your dog’s haircoat. They provide optimal moisture when applied directly to the skin.
Olive Oil: A tablespoon of olive oil can work wonders on dryness when added to your dog’s food 2-3 times per week.
Food Supplements: Commercial and dry pet foods can dehydrate dog skin and hair, not to mention increase their thirst, as many of them process out good oils. Try to avoid these drying diets, but if you can’t, add digestive enzymes to your dog’s meals to improve the release of nutrients and healthy digestion. A strong digestive system absorbs fluids from the food, which increases hydration and moisture levels in the skin.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is also said to relieve itchiness. Add it to a tub of warm water, and let your dog soak for 5-10 minutes, or grind it into a powder, combine with water, and apply to the skin.
Shea Butter: Shea Butter is a safe moisturizer for both humans and dogs, as it can be used to soothe dog’s dry paws or patches.
The Right Shampoos, Conditioners, and Lotions
Equiderma’s all-natural dog skincare products are safe and effective in taking care of your canine’s health. These products were made for everyday use, as well as persistent skin conditions that resist conventional treatments that often compromise the immune system and general health of your dog.
Barn Dog Neem Shampoo - A natural shampoo that discourages parasites and removes tough odors in one treatment. Made with neem oil, neem leaf tea, chamomile, arnica, pine bark, basil, and cherry bark, it cleanses and revitalizes your pet’s skin and coat gently, without harsh chemicals, sulfates, or synthetic thickeners.
Barn Dog Neem Coat Conditioner - Paraben free, cruelty-free, and made with 100% human grade ingredients including aloe, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and vitamin B-5, this conditioner works alongside the Barn Dog Neem Shampoo to promote a problem-free coat.
Barn Dog Hot Spot Skin Lotion - A steroid-free, antibiotic-free, non-toxic, no-rinse solution that won’t harm healthy tissue and doesn’t sting when applied. It kills 99.999% of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores, and is proven against skin conditions associated with dry, itchy, smelly, unhealthy coats, ringworm, yeast, hot spots, mange, mallezia, and sebaceous adenitis.
Other Tips For Improving Your Dog’s Dry Skin
- Try using just water to bathe your dog, as a non-drying solvent. If using soap, stick to moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. Do not use a blow dryer to dry your dog off.
- When taking your dog to the groomer’s ask them to turn down the heat on the blow dryer, as they usually have it set rather high.
- Try to feed your dog moist food, either cooked, canned, homemade, or raw.
- Always provide your pet with filtered, fresh drinking water.
Skincare Products for Dogs
With this comprehensive list of symptoms and solutions, “my dog has dry skin and dandruff” will no longer be a problem for you. To further improve your dog’s quality of life, shop Equiderma products today!
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