How to Treat Dry Skin on Dogs
Dogs are very sensitive animals, especially when it comes to caring for their skin and coat. Climatic factors, diet, the use of certain cleaning products or even its breed can cause your dog to suffer from dry skin, a common condition in many dogs which can, unfortunately, cause a great deal of discomfort. It is therefore important that you understand how to treat your dog's dry skin to improve its health and well-being.
If you are absolutely sure that your dog does not have fleas or ticks, yet constantly scratches and has a dull and lifeless coat, it is very likely that your pet is suffering from dry skin. We suggest consulting a veterinarian to confirm the diagnosis and to receive suitable treatment. As well as this, you could also try some of our following tips on caring for your dog's skin.
Red, dry and crusty skin is a clear sign of dryness, something that must be treated immediately to prevent your furry friend form scratching it constantly. Starts by gently brushing its coat and bathing it, using gentle hypoallergenic products to reduce any discomfort. Buy hypoallergenic products only when grooming your dog.
Whilst bathing your dog, massage its skin gently to help reduce itching and to stimulate circulation. Rinse shampoo completely to avoid any further itching and discomfort. You should also dry your dog very well to prevent fungi from forming.
Also, keeping your dog well hydrated is important for combating dry skin. In addition to providing fresh, clean water for your pet to drink, you could also, e.g. feed your dog a beef or chicken broth with no salt or spices.
Besides providing your dog with fluids, it also contains fat that can help further with dryness.
Make sure you are not bathing your dog too often, as this can also cause dry skin. A dog should only be bathed when it is really dirty, to prevent it from smelling. One a month or month and a half is recommended for keeping your dog's coat in top condition and preventing skin dryness.
There are many products available for combating dry skin; however, before using any of these products, always consult your vet to make sure that they are suitable for your dog's condition, as it may vary from one dog to another. Apply products without advice from your vet can lead to further problems.
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