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.

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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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How to keep your dog healthy with Natural home remedies?

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As a dog lover, you want nothing but the best for him. But with so much literature available on diets and essential foods, choices and then some more – do you really know what’s best for your dog?

In the times of GMO food, we can’t stress enough about the importance of a diet with minimal artificial ingredients – additives, preservatives, and fillers. This is as true for humans as for the dogs. Take, for instance, Corn gluten – a common ingredient in commercial dog food and the reason behind most food allergies in dogs.

Natural home remedies for dogs:

1. Jambira (Citrus Limon) is a natural deodorizer that has a refreshing citrus fragrance and is great for your dog.

2. Aloe Vera is as good for your dog as for you. It can be applied in case of minor burns, skin irritation etc.

3. Ushira (Vetiveria zizanioides) is a root which has insect repelling properties.

4. Tulasi (Ocium basilicum) is an herbal antiseptic and antibacterial which soothes and cools your pet’s coat.

5. Calendula flowers have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and can be used to treat wounds.

6. Ginger is effective to treat your dog’s upset tummy.

Pro tip: Indoor plants like – Areca Palm, Anthuriums, Money plant, Spider plant, golden pothos, bamboo plant, ‘Song of India’ and Boston ferns act as natural air-purifiers and are safe for dogs. 

 

7. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Japapushpa) conditions and helps keep the coat healthy and shiny

8. Neem (Nimba) relieves itching, redness, and irritation. It combats bacterial and fungal skin infections, thus improving immunity against skin infections.

9. Eucalyptus (Tailaparni) has antiseptic and germicidal properties, which keep insects at bay and promote overall skin health. The essential oil of Eucalyptus also heals superficial cuts and wounds quickly.

10. Dill Oil (Anethum graveolans) eliminates gas formation. It promotes digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive fluids like gastric juices, acids, and bile in the stomach. Dill Oil’s stimulates the salivary glands and aids in the primary digestion of food in the mouth.

11. Cardamom (Ela) relieves stomach bloating.

12. Flax Seed is rich in Omega fatty acids that support skin health in adult dogs.

13. Gokshura promotes overall fitness.

14. Drumstick supports joint health in dogs.

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Also read: How to help your itchy dog? 

15. Carrot Flakes control stress in senior dogs.

16. Fennel Seed is a digestive stimulant that supports digestion in puppies.

17. Winter cherry (Asvagandha) supports the development of immunity in puppies. It is a unique herb that increases physiological endurance and protects against the effects of stress.

18. Tinospora Gulancha (Guduchi) strengthens the immune system and builds the body’s resistance against infections. It is also helpful in reducing fever.

19. Sweet Flag (Vacha) improves blood circulation and alleviates swelling. The essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, which relieves pain and inflammation.

20. Mouktika Sukti (Calcium) strengthens bones in dogs and puppies.

21. Chicory (Kasani) is helpful in the treatment of an enlarged liver and protects against hepatic damage.

22. Caper Bush (Himsra) extract is administered to treat preliminary cases of acute viral hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver.

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23. The leaves of Shilapushpa (Didymocarpus pedicellata) contain an essential oil which supports the urinary tract.

24. The rhizome of Pasanabheda (Saxifraga Ligulata) helps in maintaining the normal urine flow.

25. Turmeric (Haridra) is highly effective in relieving pain. It is also an antiseptic that heals wounds quickly.

26. Indian Pennywort (Brahmi) relieves nervous irritation or agitation.

In addition to the above herbs and natural ingredients that are beneficial for your dog, we also recommend adding Green lentils to your dog’s diet. Lentils are rich in protein, fiber, and lysine, an essential amino acid that can help boost the immune system.

We urge you to choose pet care products that are enriched with natural ingredients. Do you know which foods are safe for your dog?

Here’s wishing you and your dog health and happiness with the goodness of the herbs!

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