Dog dry skin is distressing and uncomfortable for you and your dog when your dog suffers from it. You feel helpless as you watch your dog itch and scratch exposing areas of bare skin, you need a solution which will restore your dog to health and bring a smile to back to your face. Welcome to dogdryskin.org your online resource for answers to dog dry skin questions.
Dogs’ skin is more sensitive than human skin and we should expect the problem of dog dry skin to occur at some point of the our dog’s life. There are many causes of dryness in a dogs skin. It usually shows up during winter the months when the days are getting colder. A change in behavior that is distinctively noticeable is an increase in scratching, biting and licking on their fur. To prevent itching and flaking a dog skin should be kept in good condition . Dry skin can cause hotspots these are areas of broken skin caused by continuous itching or scratching which are then infected through dirty or soiled paws as the dog continue to scratch and itch.
During winter in our centrally heated double glazed homes the air is often very dry and sucks the moisture from your dog’s skin leaving it abnormally dry. A room humidifier will help restore moisture levels another alternative is to wash your dog with a moisturizing shampoo. Do not however bath your dog to often as this will damage his coat and cause discomfort on colder days.
The choice of shampoo is important. Your dog’s coat is less resilient then your own hair and needs to be treated more gently. Avoid the temptation to grab shampoo from the bathroom cabinet to wash your dog’s coat. This human shampoo may be too harsh and cause further irritation and may increase the problem. In addition a dog moisturizing shampoo gives additional protection against fleas and parasites.
Alternative medicine has also found remedies which help with dog dry skin including horsetail, dandelion, spriulina and fucus. These help with the dog’s digestive health and maintain their skin and coat in good health. Grooming will help to remove unwanted debris such as dead hair and skin although you should avoid excessive grooming. Good quality food with the addition of supplements such as fatty acids and vitamins will help to keep your dogs coat flake free and in top condition.
Irritation and itching in dogs.
Skin irritation in dogs can be very painful causing misery and suffering. It is important to understand what causes skin conditions such as flaky skin, itching, rash, and other skin problems. The more common causes include:
- Allergies. These are triggered when your dog comes into contact with a substance which causes dermatitis and the skin becomes raw or inflamed, this can develop into dry skin and a flaky skin if it remains untreated. The allergies can be to food, household item, cleaning materials, etc. The list is long. If your dog develops and allergy look first for recent changes you have made e.g. a change in diet, brand or type of dog shampoo, brand of detergent, a new dog blanket or dog basket. Unfortunately itf nothing obvious comes to mind it can be a matter of eliminating different items one by one.
- Bacterial and fungal infections. A yeast infection can cause your dog’s skin to become scaly, dry,and itchy. Open sores, red rashes, oozing sores, are part of bacterial and fungal infections. Ringworm sometimes occurs. These infections are contegeous and can be passed between animals and even to humans who come into contact with the infected area.
- Immunity disorders. These are serious in nature and you should contact your veterinary surgeon.
- Intestinal parasites. These can be cured with the help of dog digestive enzymes.
- Over exposure to water. Excessive exposure to water will cause the loss of natural oils from the dog’s skin and its natural ability to protect itself.
- Thyroid conditions These can be treated with appropriate enzymes.
As with the old proverb “prevention is always better than cure” understanding what causes dog dry skin will help to avoid the condition and give your dog a happy and healthy life.