Dog Dry Skin

I don’t know about you but I always pity my pet when he has dog dry skin. He looks like he has dandruff or something (I always thought this cursed condition was left to us humans).  If your dog has dry flaky skin, you can use natural remedies to help them get over this safe and effectively.

Many times dog dry skin can be fixed by a change in their diet. Omega fatty acids are known to bring moisture to a dog’s skin and coat so add a generous helping of marine fish to their meals. Fresh fruits and vegetables also add natural hydration to his skin so be sure to make this a regular dish in your dog’s diet. Make fresh water available to him constantly to encourage him to drink frequently to hydrate and cleanse his system.

Sometimes dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable. You can alleviate the pain by rubbing some olive oil on the affected areas. A tablespoon of this drizzled over his meal can also help restoring his skin’s healthy condition. Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that can cleanse affected areas of the skin. You can buy this in dog specialty stores or any human health store online.

Do not bathe your dog more than necessary and never use human shampoos on him. Humans have a different pH balance than dogs and our products are harsher on their skin. Look for herbal shampoos with natural ingredients that are gentle on dogs. Oatmeal, aloe vera, chamomile and calendula are great ingredients that improve your dog’s skin and fur.

It is a good idea to regularly groom your dog. Comb his hair with a soft brush and massage his skin. This will activate the natural oils found in his skin, and more than that—it’s a fantastic way to spend quality time with the dog as well. You are clearing his skin from  irritants and helping the skin to breathe. Remember, a dog’s coat cannot be healthy if the skin is not healthy first. Treat the skin and the hair follicles will naturally follow.

As you comb his hair, check for dirt, fleas and matted hair that can cause painful hot spots in dogs. If you see parasites making their home in your dog, apply a flea control treatment right away. Many times when flea infestation is not treated, it develops into secondary skin infections which will cause more problems for your dog.

Now, if your dog has broken skin, lesions, scabs and unexplained hair loss (as well as behavioural changes), go to the vet immediately. Dog dry skin can be a symptom of an underlying ailment that need to be dealt with at the root. You don’t want to aggravate or neglect the real problem by making the wrong assumption of your dog’s condition.

Go to the links in this page and find a fantastic product to counteract dog dry skin. It won’t be long before your dog will have clear skin and soft, shiny hair again. Enjoy!

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