Does your dog have dry, irritated and itchy skin? It can be quite frustrating and uncomfortable when it happens to us, humans, and although they can’t speak and express the same frustrations and concerns, dogs often experience dry skin issues, too.
Lucky for us, when we notice our skin is a bit dry, we simply reach for healing lotions, creams and even exfoliants; or perhaps we take an oatmeal bath. But when dogs experience similar skin problems, they can’t just slather on lotion like we can. Because of this, we must pay close attention to the tell tale signs that let us know our dog is experiencing dry, itchy and irritated skin.
What is the underlying cause of a dog’s dry skin in the first place? And how can you fix it quickly and safely? You love your four-legged friend as if they were your child, so you obviously want the best for them and their health. If you have an itchy dog on your hands, it shouldn’t go ignored. While dry skin doesn’t seem like a huge concern, it can certainly allude to greater issues, like allergies, parasites, fleas or even more serious medical conditions. So before you can fix your dog’s dry skin, you must first determine the cause.
Dog dry skin: What causes it?
Dogs get allergies, too, just like we do. Their skin may have an allergic reaction to the food they eat, different grasses, fleas and flea saliva, chemicals on the ground or pollen during particularly difficult months for seasonal allergies. And all of these reactions can lead to skin issues, and dry, dehydrated skin in particular. An allergy to dog food is less common, while allergies to fleas and flea saliva is more prevalent, and can certainly be the reason your dog has dry skin. Flea saliva usually creates an allergic reaction as it enters the dog’s skin as the flea feeds. If you can actually see that your dog has fleas, this could explain why your dog’s skin is dry and itchy.
Sometimes, skin, bacterial and fungal infections are to blame and those types of conditions should first be diagnosed by a veterinarian. Other initial causes of dry skin can lead to bacterial infections as the dog scratches and breaks the surface of the skin. This can easily allow bacteria to enter scratches and wounds they create, leading to a more serious skin condition or infection that requires medical attention from a veterinarian. Ringworm is one type of fungal infection that can cause your dog to have dryness and itchiness. A sign of a larger type of infection, made apparent by dry skin can be identified by redness, hot spots, inflammation, rashes and more.
If you’re noticing dry or flaky skin on your dog, unfortunately, parasites can’t totally be ruled out. Check with your dog’s veterinarian to make sure your dog doesn’t have parasites. After they cause dry skin, parasites can also cause mange or canine scabies — just another reason why seemingly simple skin issues shouldn’t be disregarded.
Cold, dry weather
Colder weather usually means drier skin. This is true for us, humans, and it’s also true for our dogs. While this isn’t as serious as some of the causes we discussed earlier, it can still create an extremely irritating and uncomfortable situation for your furry friend. Their skin simply dries out like ours does in the cold, dry winter months. It’s itchy and uncomfortable, and if left untreated, can lead to other skin conditions and issues like the bacterial and fungal infections mentioned earlier. For dry skin caused by wintery weather, there’s a quick, easy and natural fix. It’s Skin Soother brought to you by Natural Dog Company! Natural Dog Company’s Skin Soother contains organic coconut oil, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, lavender, chamomile and other natural, nurturing ingredients that possess hydrating, healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Irritating shampoos / soaps
Did you know that a dog’s skin is actually much more sensitive to random bath and body products, shampoos and soaps than ours? This is especially true when products used on your dog’s fur and skin contain harsh chemicals. Some of those chemical ingredients may do a good job of cleaning your dog’s fur, but they can be incredibly drying to their sensitive skin. Has your dog ever needed a bath and all you had to use was your human shampoo? If so, never use human shampoo on your dog again. The soaps and shampoos we use on or hair and body can be extremely irritating and harmful to dogs, even if they don’t show signs of that irritation right away — avoid using human shampoos and soaps on your dog altogether, even if it means a smelly pup has to wait for that much-needed bath. When desperate times call for desperate measures, settle for a warm water rinse until you can get your paws on dog grooming products that won’t irritate their skin.
Yeast often lives on dogs’ skin and can be the reason why their skin is overly dry and itchy. Yeast infections in dogs can cause them to scratch, experience hair loss and cause affected areas to be red and inflamed. Our specialty product, Skin Soother can also help yeasty paws and infections on dogs’ skin.
These causes are typically the most common for why dogs itch and have super dry skin. There are certainly less common causes as well, such as age, diet and certain autoimmune diseases. Older dogs, dogs who aren’t quite getting the proper nutrition they need and those with certain autoimmune diseases like Canine Lupus and Pemphigus are often more susceptible to dry, itchy and irritating skin.
Symptoms to look for if your dog has dry skin
- Constant scratching
- Rubbing up against furniture to relieve an itch
- Visible dandruff and skin flaking on your dog and in their fur
- Visible redness and and irritated skin
- Scaly skin
- Hair loss
- Inflammation and/or scabbing
How to treat your dog’s dry skin
Treating your pup’s dry skin depends on the cause. A proper diagnosis of why your dog’s skin is dry and itchy is important in treating the condition the right way. Does your dog need flea medicine? Do they need extra attention from their vet? Do they need an antibiotic to treat a more serious skin or bacterial infection? Determine how to treat the root of the problem and then use Natural Dog Company’s Skin Soother to further nurture, hydrate and heal dry skin on dogs. If the root of the dry skin is just dry, winter air or something less severe, a few applications of Skin Soother can do the trick to totally transform the area that needs a little TLC in the form of moisture and deep hydration.
Some immediate treatment options and tips for your dog with dry skin
Get rid of the fleas with medicine or treatment advised by your dog’s vet.
If you bathe your dog, use warm water, not hot. Hot water only dries a dog’s skin out more.
Soothe irritated, dry dog skin with Skin Soother.
So what should you actually use to provide relief for your dog? What’s the best dry dog skin remedy of them all? Instead of reaching for home remedies to treat and heal your dog’s skin, trust the soothing power of Skin Soother. It’s a special, hydrating balm specifically formualted for dog’s dehydrated skin — it’s safe for their skin that is significantly more sensitive than ours, and effective at transforming their dry, irritated skin in just a few applications. Healthy skin for your dog is on the horizon in no time with Skin Soother.
You may find research that suggests whipping up concoctions with apple cider vinegar, olive oil or giving your dog fish oil to protect or treat your dog’s dry skin — but why do that when you can have the perfect blend of soothing ingredients in one little container? Packed with vitamin E, organic coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil, organic safflower oil and other purposeful ingredients that will provide quick and comfortable relief for your dog’s dry skin, Skin Soother is a bestseller that dog owners reach for time and time again to provide quick comfort their best furry friends.