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DIY Dog Dry Skin Treatment Options

DIY Dog Dry Skin Treatment Options

Dry skin condition, does not only affect humans but also pets. It is even better for humans since they can put their flaking skin in check by applying moisturizers and lotions. However, for the dogs, such as luxuries are hard to come by. Dry skin comes because of intensive exposure to the dry indoor air and the chapping impacts of the cold air during the winter season.  A few DIY treatment options can help regain the dog’s skin and the natural glow of its skin. A daily brushing will be a good place to start, since some of the itchiness, is caused by lack of natural oils on the skin of the dog. This causes the fur to appear dry and brittle. The brushing catalyzes the production of these oils, facilitating their fur to regain its natural look, while reducing the itchiness.


Bathing the dog can also help to soothe an itchy skin. However, ensure that you do not overdo it, since it can remove the very oils, you are trying to stimulate, their production. Use medicated shampoo for dogs, with oatmeal protein, which you can make by putting 4 cups of ground oatmeal in a lukewarm bath. Gently, wash the dog in the bath. Once you are done bathing the pet, rub its fur with baby oil, olive oil or fish oil and cover it with a towel, until the oils are completely absorbed by the skin. Sometimes, poor dietary habits may be causing your pet‘s skin to break out. While dry skin problems are popularly associated with climate conditions, a little diet change can make a difference. Use a tablespoon or two of olive or flaxseed oil, for two to three times weekly, to help in replenishing some of the vital elements, the dog requires keeping its skin from flaking. Other foods, which can help in rejuvenating the skin, include a raw egg or one sardine dipped in olive oil. Do note that, these two are very rich in nutrients, hence, give the dog only once per week.


In some cases, you may consider changing the dog’s food, but be sure to consult with your local vet, on the best feeds for your dog. There are several varieties to choose from, which are manufactured for maintaining the pet’s skin oily and looking nice. While at it, always ensure the dog is hydrated. Other options include use of supplements and vitamins. Ensure that the supplement you choose is laden with fatty acids such as Omega -3 and vitamins including, B3, A and E. These nutrients are all responsible for ensuring a soft skin and lustrous fur on your dog. If your dog’s dry skin condition keeps on repeating or deteriorates, it is an intelligent move to take it to the vet. However, this will only happen, if you do not feed and clean the pet appropriately. The above guide can help you keep a healthy pet while preventing the buildup of allergens in your indoors.

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