Dry Skin in Dogs

Vitamins to Help Relieve Dry Skin
Dry skin in dogs is a common problem, causing excessive shedding, itching, and dry, flaky skin spots under the fur. There are numerous reasons for your dog's dry skin and many options for treating it, including supplementing your dog’s diet with vitamins. You should also make sure his diet is rich in nutrients.

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Common causes of canine dry skin

  • Under grooming
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  • Neutering or spaying
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  • Over or under bathing
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  • Using the wrong products
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  • Nutrient deficiency in diet
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  • Dry climate or forced air heating

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Symptoms of dry skin in dogs

  • Greasy or smelly skin
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  • Recurrent ear infections
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  • Itching at rump and base of tail
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  • Shaking head and scratching ears
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  • Small red bumps and raised skin patches
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  • Chewing affected areas to relieve itching

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Treatment for dogs with dry skin
There are many alternatives for managing and curing your dog's dry skin. Treatment strategies depend on a variety of factors, such as testing for allergies, evaluating your dog's diet, and personal preferences of the pet parent. Some options include:

  • Antibiotics.
    Antibiotics are a temporary solution to clear up quickly any flaky, scabby, or scaly patches, and ease excessive itching. A vitamin or mineral deficiency, other allergies, or food reactions are all likely causes of the condition.
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  • Home Remedies.
    Add a tablespoon of olive oil to your dog's food two to three times a week to help clear up dry skin. Don't overdo it because too much can cause diarrhea. Another alternative is mixing oatmeal with water and rubbing it onto the skin patches to soothe and relieve dry, itchy spots. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.
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  • Herbal Remedies.
    Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic agent for removing allergens from the skin. Vitamin E is full of moisturizing properties and will keep skin from getting too dry. You can also rub Vitamin E directly on the skin. Fish oil hydrates skin and supports the development of key essential oils. It is available as a topical liquid you can brush directly on your dog's coat or in capsules.

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What effect does food have on dry skin
Food or vitamin deficiencies cause many dog dry skin problems and allergies. You may want to experiment with your dog's diet, noticing what your dog eats and ensuring he drinks plenty of water. Choose food rich in meats, vegetables, and fruit without any by-products, meat meals, or preservatives. Enhancing overall health will contribute substantially to clearing up your dog's dry skin.

Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.

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