It’s so much fun to play outside with your dog, and is great exercise for both of you. However, the sun and wind are just a few of the things that can cause your dog to develop dry skin. Don’t worry, though. There are many easy ways to remedy this condition.
Before you do anything else, take your dog to the vet to get his skin checked out. There are some things that need to be ruled out, such as allergies, fungal infections or parasites. Once that’s done, you can go about treating your dog’s dry skin and alleviating its discomfort.
First, have a look at your dog’s diet. Healthy food tends to also help the coat and skin. When feeding your dog commercial brand dog food, make sure that there are well balanced ingredients in it and that it has plenty of omega 3 fatty acids. You can also find multi vitamin dietary supplements to buy that will improve your dog’s skin and coat.
Feed your dog fresh food at least once daily. Fresh vegetables will hydrate your dog’s body, which will also prevent dry skin. Chop up small pieces of carrots, apples, celery and broccoli. Also add fresh meat to this daily serving.
For extra hydration, add water to your dog’s meals. You can soak dry dog food in water or add a teaspoon of olive oil to the dog food bowl once a day. This will help relieve the flaky and itchy skin. Also, ensure that your dog drinks plenty of water daily, particularly following strenuous physical exercise.
Find natural bathing products to use on your dog. In addition, don’t bathe your dog more than is needed. Bathing strips your dog if its natural oils, which can result in dry skin.
Oatmeal can go a long way in alleviating the itching of dry skin. Mix 2 teaspoons of oatmeal and 1 teaspoon of chamomile with 1 cup of boiling water. Let it cool until it can be tolerated comfortably. Then apply to the itchy skin and cover with a towel for 10 minutes. If you do this regularly, it will improve steadily. Try any or all of these remedies to keep your dog healthy and happy.