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Itchy dry dog skin can be a serious source of discomfort for your pup, it can also indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. Itching is the most common sign of dry dog skin, but other signs include noticeable hair loss, and/or flaky, scaly skin that may appear red or irritated. Most dogs with dry skin can’t stop itching, leading to further irritation of the skin, as well as sores and cuts with the potential for infection.
Why is My Dog’s Skin Dry and Itchy?
Dry skin can be caused by so many different things. Your dog’s skin may dry out at certain times of the year, after exposure to an irritating shampoo, or because of an underlying condition or disease that requires medication. Some common causes of dry dog skin include:
Your dog may be allergic to mold, fleas, shampoos, smoke, certain medications, perfumes, cleaning products, pollen, dust, and the list goes on. Aside from dry skin, allergies may cause runny eyes, sneezing, and/or paw irritation.
It’s not uncommon for dogs to develop dry skin during the winter, just like us humans. Even if the problem goes away with the arrival of warmer weather, you should still treat dry dog skin to prevent irritation, sores, infections, etc.
Lack of Nutrients
If your dog’s diet lacks the right nutrients it can lead to dry skin. Talk with your vet about better food options and consider incorporating essential fatty acids into your dog’s diet.
Fleas, Mange or Mites
If parasites are constantly biting your dog it’s not unlikely he/she will develop an allergic reaction that results in dry and irritated skin. Fleas tend to congregate around the back and tail area, while mites are associated with dandruff and scaly skin. Ear mites might be to blame if your dog shakes his head around a lot. Mange typically causes hair loss, scabs, and sores.
Thyroid disease is an example of a more serious underlying condition that can dry out your dog’s skin due to a lack of essential hormones. Other signs of thyroid disease include lethargy, weight gain, changes in behavior, dull coat, excessive shedding, and thickening of the skin. If your dog’s skin condition does not clear up, it’s important to visit the vet so you can rule out any underlying conditions that require medication.
How to Naturally Soothe & Heal Dry Dog Skin
The goal is to soothe irritation while healing underlying infections, cuts or sores. Your dog’s skin needs something that:
- Adds natural moisture and hydration
- Reduces swelling and inflammation
- Addresses bacterial, yeast or fungal infections
- Provides a protective barrier against the elements so the skin can heal
Skin Soother offers all that and more. The all-natural vegan and organic balm is used to treat a variety of underlying conditions associated with dry dog skin, including hot spots, yeast, and fungal infections, rashes, wounds, cuts, and allergies. It soothes on contact while healing the skin and providing antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
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