Dry skin in dogs is one of the most common pet parent problems. A dog with dry skin licks, scratches or bites himself, sometimes to the point of inflicting wound or injury. He may also rub himself against the floor or against your home furniture.
"Just like us, our fur-babies experience allergies, too! It can be caused by dust, pollens, medications, smoke, and food."
Here, we've come up with a list of the symptoms, the common causes of dry skin in dogs and how to prevent & manage them.
CAUSES OF DRY SKIN IN DOGS
Just like us, our fur-babies experience allergies, too! It can be caused by dust, pollens, medications, smoke, and food. These allergies then cause dry, flaky skin in a dog.
Fleas, mites, and mange
Bites from parasites (fleas and mites) can greatly irritate your dog's skin and cause it to become inflamed and dried out. It is because your dog develops an allergic reaction to the parasite's saliva.
A diet that is of low quality is not able to provide your dog the right and proper amount of minerals and nutrients essential to support healthy skin and shiny coat.
Seasonal changes can also cause dry skin in dogs - cold, windy or warm weather. Indoor cooling and heating systems can also greatly take its toll on your fur-baby's skin and coat health.
Dog shampoos are called dog shampoos for a reason - because they are for dogs. Using human shampoos or applying any human products on your dog's skin can dry it out or worse, irritate it!
PROPER MANAGEMENT, TREATMENT, AND PREVENTION
Vet first. If you think your dog is experiencing dry skin, visit your vet for proper diagnosis as he will conduct tests because your dog's treatment will greatly depend on what specific allergy your dog has.
If your dog's dry skin is because he has a food allergy, a hypoallergenic diet may be prescribed.
If your dog's dry skin maybe because of fleas and mites, then a flea control product will be suggested, etc.
Buy products only from trusted brands. Purchase only shampoos and hygiene products that are from proven and trusted brands that can help get rid of parasites and skin irritation in your fur-baby. Some low-quality products can just add up to your dog's dry skin condition and may cause more irritation.
Keep Calm and Supplement. See to it that you are supplementing your dog essential fatty acids like our Pet Parents® Omega 3 for Dogs Supplement that will help provide your fur-baby with healthy nutrients that can bid dry skin goodbye & can promote an overall healthy skin & coat. Our omega dog chews are not only loaded with a proprietary blend of essential ingredients but also has a branded and clinically-proven ingredient, Epax®, which undergoes intense processes that makes it more effective than the basic fish oil for dogs found in other skin dog supplements.
Avoid extreme temperatures.Limit the time your dog spends out in the cold or under the sun as this can add up to even drier skin. You also have to constantly brush your dog's coat to be able to remove dead skin & hair and aid in the stimulation of your fur-baby's skin's natural oil production.
Dry skin is common in dogs (and to us humans, too!) and as pet parents, a dry skin seen in our fur babies can be too much to handle. But there are effective ways on how to bid the dryness away and make sure that your dog is healthy inside out.
"Limit the time your dog spends out in the cold or under the sun as this can add up to even drier skin."