Dry skin in dogs and treatment – All that you need to know!

Dry skin in dogs

Dry skin in dogs is fairly common but identifying the reasons behind it and treating them often get unnoticed. Dryness occurs when the skin is unable to retain moisture.

How to tell if your dog has dry skin?

• Is your dog troubled by itchiness?
• What about dandruff or hair loss?
• Is there inflammation?
• Body odor?

What causes dry skin in dogs?

1. Temperature variances Dry climate aside; AC, heaters can rob your dog’s skin of the essential moisture, resulting in dry skin.

2. Nutrient deficiency in diet – dry skin with a dull, brittle, thin coat could also be a sign of protein deficiency. Dogs need fatty acids in their diet for optimal skin and coat health, especially omega-3.

Dog food – what makes it good or bad for your dog?

3. Excessive bathing – how often depends on your dog’s skin, for a dog with dry skin, once a month is good.

As for shampoos, you may try Erina EP Shampoo and Powder, enriched with herbal ingredients, to control ectoparasites like ticks, fleas, and lice and promote overall skin health.

4. Grooming related issues – for instance, not turning down the heat on the blow dryer or applying made for humans moisturizers on dogs.

Grooming tips for your dog.

5. In some cases, Neutering/Spaying may also result in dry skin. Consult your vet for the same.

How to treat dry skin in dogs?

1. Vitamin E can work wonders for your dog’s dry skin. Just break a capsule and rub the oil on your dog’s dry, itchy patches.

2. Yogurt helps boost your dog’s immune system – keeping skin infections at bay.

3. Oatmeal poured into a bath or a shampoo is a potent remedy for itching, inflamed skin.

4. Baking Soda– Prepare a thick paste by using a 50/50 mix of baking soda and water. Apply to affected areas of your dog’s skin, leave for 20 minutes, and then rinse off.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar– Prepare a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar with water, and use a spray bottle to apply it to affected areas.

6. Brush your dog regularly as it helps distribute essential oils along the fur. (And also checks the buildup of dead flakes)

7. Coconut oil is excellent for your dog’s coat and general health

8. Keep your dog safe from ticks and fleas.

In case of severe dry skin related issues – we recommend you to visit the vet at the earliest.

Got any recommendations or natural treatments to treat dry skin in dogs? Please share with us in the space below.

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What if your dog is the best agony aunt ― Ask the dog!

ask the dog

A few summers ago the epiphany dawned on me that a dog’s lifespan is a meager one-seventh that of a human’s. I have had troubles sleeping ever since. Not because I am afraid of dying (well, maybe just a little) but to touch more lives during my stay here, however brief.

Ask the dog

Ask the Dog brewed as a doggo version of pre-internet Agony aunt. Where tired men and women, mutilated by moment or madness; love or the lack of it, could seek sane advice from the dog.

Over the seasons, there have been queries, some innocent ― Do dogs dream? to melancholic ― what became of Laika? and the mundane ― are black cats bad luck?  Questions of science and the gods, and love and loss. 

There’s an email, in particular, which bravely bares where it hurts.

Dear dog, it has been 3 years since my break up (that once-in-a-lifetime kind of love). I am in my 30s – all my friends are married and my parents are after my life. Is time really running out on me?  ~ Ms. Pseudonym  

Dear Ms. Pseudonym, my friend Ted who has a reputation for substance abuse and affairs, once quipped, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday. ”

Wait, or was it his great-grandfather, Winnie?

Anyway, the thing is ― time is relative.

Consider the animal kingdom, female Dolania americana mayflies go through their entire life cycle in less than five minutes – and somehow still manage to find a mate, consummate the relationship and lay eggs during that time.

You aren’t a mayfly.

Nothing that really matters comes with a warranty card (barring a dog’s love, remember Hachiko?) Heck, there can even be marriages with love missing.

Enjoy the journey, even this will pass away.

Over to you, got anything to ask the dog? 

Contact Dr. Doggo.

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