How to Prevent Dry Itchy Skin in Dogs
Humans can easily resolve dry, itchy skin through moisturizers and lotions. However, that is not the case in dogs. Because their skin composition tends to be more complicated, addressing skin problems could be a bit complicated, too.
Just because they’re complicated doesn't mean they are not avoidable. Actually, it’s easier to prevent skin problems in dogs than to treat them!
Why do dogs get dry itchy skin?
The cold and dry wind brought by winter can cause dry skin. These flaky, dry patches can be very itchy for dogs. Scratching these patches will later result in lacerations and wounds.
Aside from the weather, fleas and mites can also cause scabby skin. Their bites can lead to small pimples with smelly puss.
Other causes of dry, itchy skin are atopy caused by pollens, parasites, and bacterial infections.
How to prevent itchy skin in dogs
The first thing you should do to prevent dry, itchy skin is to ensure your dog’s skin and coat’s optimal condition. This way, even though the winter comes or they contract fleas, the effect on their skin will be minimal.
Vitamin E and Collagen are known to improve a dog’s skin condition from the inside. They don’t just make your dog’s skin smooth and moisturized, but they also promote rapid healing should they have any wounds caused by fleas and mites.
Just like with humans, proper hygiene is important to prevent skin ailments. You should bathe your dog only twice a week with a mild shampoo. This is because excessive exposure to water and strong chemicals can also trigger dry skin.
Combing your dog’s hair every other day could greatly help, too. This way, you can get rid of any dirt and debris that hides in between your dog’s fur. If you have a dog with skin folds, keeping those areas dry and clean every day is also important as it’s the best breeding ground for fungi.
Furthermore, bringing your dog to grooming salons every month is also highly recommended.
Lastly, boosting your dog’s immune system not just prevents skin ailments but other major infections that may come along with them.
A healthy immune system starts with a good diet. Never expose your dogs to table scraps and leftover foods. Those are the primary sources of parasites that lead to skin ailments. You can also opt to switch to dog foods specifically formulated to improve your dog’s coat’s condition.
Engaging your dogs in regular exercise could also boost their immune system. Just make sure that they won’t get exposed to allergens that may cause atopies such as flower, tree, and grass pollens.
You can also add nutritional dog chews to your dog’s everyday routine. Look for dog multivitamins enriched with Vitamins A, C, E, Iron, and Manganese. These nutrients don’t just boost your dogs’ immune system but also promote cell regeneration, which is vital in maintaining good skin.
See? Prevening dry, itchy skin in dogs is easy! Why look for treatments and remedies for skin ailments if you can just avoid them. Cliche as it may seem, but an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure!
Laura Robinson, DMV
Dr Laura practices at the Antonio Animal Hospital in California, where she was born and raised. She is an advisor to Wuffes, ensuring all our products and content is of the highest standard