Dry Skin in Winter

19Jan10

Dry skin is a common problem for most dogs during these cold dry winter months which can lead to hair loss if not cared for properly, but what can you do at home to help your baby’s skin stay healthy? We will outline some basic things you can do at home and with your groomer to make sure your dog stays comfy all winter long.

Just like in people, dogs benefit greatly from Omega-3 fatty acids, especially those found in fish oil. You can add this to your dog’s food over winter to keep dry flakey skin at bay.

Oatmeal works like Aloe on dogs’ skin and there are hundreds of shampoos that offer this soothing natural way to moisterize your dog’s skin. Make sure not to buy a brand that is too cheap! Many of these shampoos contain sodium and other ingredients that dry out your dog’s skin, negating all the good oatmeal can do! You can bathe your pet weekly with oatmeal shampoo that is of a high quality, and make sure to use a complimentary conditioner to lock in the moister in your dog’s coat. If you’re unsure about what type of shampoo to buy, go to your local pet store and ask an associate, most are very knowledgable.

If an all natural solution sounds right for you, you can also bathe your dog in yogurt (plain and sugar free) with honey. These ingredients have done wonders on my friend’s hairless Chinese Crested, and with their incredibly sensitive skin you know its gentle. This is also completely safe for your dog to eat, making bath time a bit more fun!  Simply take 1/2 cup of plain yogurt and mix it in with 1 tablespoon of honey (keep the same ratio for larger amounts), scrub onto your dog going all the way down to the skin and let sit like a mask for 10 minutes. You will probably have to reapply as most dogs love to eat this mix and happily like away at whatever they can reach!

Hopefully these tips will help keep your pet’s skin smooth and moist all winter long. If you have an questions or would like to share your own techniques and tips comment below!

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