Itch, scratch, chew. Where’s the relief!?
Is your dog’s behavior out of control to the point of “almost tearing its hair out?” If your dog is going through such discomfort, there may be a problem with dry skin. Unlike other times of the year, when the seasons change from warm to cool, dogs become prone to skin problems due to the temperature changes and going from air conditioning to heat.
With dry skin comes a dull coat along with the continual itch, scratching and chewing in order for your pet to find console. The problem is that such behavior can lead to bald spots, sores, scabs, oozing and infections. No doubt about it, your dog is extremely uncomfortable. The best solution is prevention most often with a proper high-nutritional diet and some super Omega-3 and Omega-6 supplementation. You can reduce your dogs’ dry skin and dander associated with the changing seasons by maintaining your pet’s skin and coat from the inside out.
You may not always catch the skin problems in time through preventative measures, but you can ease your pet’s pain and discomfort. There is nothing worse than to know your dog is going through uncontrollable distress. You can ensure a healthier coat and supple skin if you follow some of these tips:
- Feed a wholesome dog food that stresses its benefits for healthy skin and coat. Your veterinarian or the staff at most larger pet supply stores can advise you on some of the best dog food diets to promote supple skin and a lustrous coat. We’d also be happy to help so feel free to leave a comment or shoot us an email.
- Brush your dog frequently with a soft bristle brush to remove dead skin cells and loose fur. Doing so also stimulates and spreads the skins natural oils. This is not important only for the long-haired guys in your life, but the short-hairs as well. Simply use a rubber mitt with small nubs that will work the same as the brush for the hairy breeds.
- Bathe your dog only as needed to provide a clean coat. Bathing too often is not recommended since it can strip your pet of all natural oils. When he starts getting that “you smell like a dog” odor, time to plan a bath. To do so, use a special conditioning and moisturizing shampoo specifically for dogs. Never use a human shampoo because of the differing PH levels. Additionally, most all dog shampoos are tear-free and safe. If you have a dog with longer coif, you may choose to use a moisturizing rinse following the bath for more luster, shine and much needed moisture.
It is important to note if the itching, scratching and chewing is only seasonal or are there any other signs and symptoms associated with the uneasy behavior. If you find any open sores, skin irritations, oozing, redness, lumps and bumps, these could be significant of another issue needing some medical attention. There may also be hair loss, dull dry hair and a constant licking of the feet or rubbing of the face. Some dogs may even exhibit runny eyes and itchy ears which could signify some type of infection. Other issues may be allergies or parasites. Such conditions will need medical attention far beyond diet and bath care.
Noting all the symptoms is the key to a quick remedy and a healthy pup. Dogs are sometimes known to self-mutilate due to boredom so make sure you are always providing enough interaction and playtime for your canine pal–along with the regiment discussed. After all, the goal as a dedicated pet owner is to provide all the needs for a happy, healthy pet with supple skin and a shiny coat to brag about!