Dry skin is the worst. It’s itchy, uncomfortable and painful if it advances too far. And that is just for people. Dogs deal with dry skin in much the same way as their owners do; however, it can be difficult figuring out ways to overcome dry skin in your dog.
But don’t worry, with these home remedies, your dog will be free of dry skin in no time. Dry skin affects many dogs and there are actually several reasons why dogs get dry skin. While it is often seasonal for people, for dogs, the reasons are more to do with their health.
However, when we look at dry skin, there are five major factors leading to the problem in dogs. These include the following:
The very first thing you should look at is the diet your dog is on. Poor nutrition often leads to a dull coat and poor skin condition. What is going in will affect the overall health of your dog so it is important to feed your dog a high-quality dog food with proper nutrients.
Just like people, if the air in your home is dry, your dog is more likely to suffer from dry skin. In addition, living in a home with a dry heat through the winter can lead to the problem as well.
Although we can’t do much to combat our forced air heating, we can add moisture to the home through the use of humidifiers.
Many dogs suffering from the skin problem may also have health problems. It is important to rule out a health concern if your dog suffers chronically from dry skin. Some conditions linked to skin issues are:
- Skin Infection
- Zinc-responsive dermatosis.
- Cushing’s disease
- Auto-immune diseases
If you suspect an underlying disease, speak with your veterinarian.
Bathing your dog too often can dry out your dog’s skin as well as his coat. Most dogs do not require weekly bathing and can often go one to two months between baths. Some can even go longer without a bath.
In addition, watch the type of shampoos you use as harsh chemicals can dry out the skin. Only use dog-friendly shampoos as they are specially formulated for a dog’s pH balance.
Like over-bathing, under-grooming can lead to skin problems. Brushing your dog stimulates the hair follicles, which, in turn, stimulates the skin. This leads to healthier skin and your dog will be less likely to deal with skin problems if he is properly groomed.
Follow your breed recommendations for grooming but try to brush your dog once or twice a week on a minimum.
Although we know the reasons, the next step is to understand all the symptoms of dry skin in your dog. Check those out next.