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My Dog Has Dry Skin in the Winter

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Is your dog feeling a bit sore and scratchy in winter? If it has dry skin, here’s what to do.

You might suffer from dry skin, but so might your pet. Do you notice your dog has a lot of flakes on its fur? Dry skin can happen to a dog, too. Here, we shall discuss why your dog has dry skin in the winter and what you can do about it. If you have any questions, please ask Everhart Veterinary Medicine in Baltimore and Pasadena, Maryland!

Why Does My Dog Have Dry Skin?

A dog can have dry skin for different reasons, including:

  • Overbathing: If you bathe your pet too frequently, its skin will likely dry out.
  • Allergies: Allergies can show up through the skin.
  • Parasites or infections: Look for signs of pests in your dog’s fur; there may also be a foul odor.
  • Insufficient nutrition: Your pet’s diet might not give it enough nutrients to support a healthy, hydrated coat.
  • Disease or cancer: A serious illness can result in skin issues and hair loss.
  • Genetics: Your dog might just have dry skin and need ongoing moisturizing.

Once you are sure that you have checked off the possibility of more serious health conditions, you can relieve your dog’s dry, itchy skin through the following methods.

Relieving a Dog’s Dry, Itchy Skin in the Winter

Amping Up the Omega 3s

Omega 3s and Omega 6s are both fatty acids that help the body stay hydrated in a healthy way. Consult with your vet to get advice about adjusting your pet’s diet and what the best dog food is out there for dry canine skin.

Giving a Hydrating Bath

Different shampoos, conditioners, and treatments can treat your dog’s itchy, flaky skin. You can find commercial dog shampoos treating dry skin, as well as home remedies such as a colloidal oatmeal bath and an apple cider vinegar and water solution spray. Never apply apple cider vinegar directly onto your pet’s skin or onto a wound.

Using a Lotion, Balm, or Cream

Lotions, balms, and creams are all available commercially for dry doggy skin. Once your dog is clean and relatively dry, you can apply a topical solution to its body or dry spots. Do not use any product made for humans on dogs. As a home remedy, you could try coconut oil. Ask your vet for suggestions!

Putting on Humidifiers in the Winter

Home humidifiers help keep everyone from drying out in the winter. Your dog will benefit, too, especially if it has dry skin!

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At Everhart Veterinary Medicine, our veterinary professionals strive to provide your pet with the very best of veterinary care. We believe that the best care for your pet should be provided by experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable veterinary professionals. With three Maryland locations in Baltimore, Pasadena, and Cross Keys, we are always ready to welcome your pet as a new patient! Give us a call today at 410-355-3131, 410-793-7670, or 443-470-6790! For more information, as well as updates on veterinary news and topics, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!

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