Caring For Your Dog's Skin

Let's discuss caring for your dog's skin. Skin is exposed to various conditions that damage it. A common skin issue that most people experience is dry skin, especially during the colder seasons. Next time, you are putting lotion on your dry skin, think about your dog and their skin. Dogs can experience dry skin just like humans. After reading this article you will know how to properly care for your dog's skin during the winter.

Why do humans and dogs get such dry skin during the winter? During the winter it is cold and it is also frequently windy, plus humidity is typically low. We go from our warm homes, out into the cold, and into our cars, stores, and place of work. That is a lot of times going from warm to cold, warm to cold. Dogs are in our warm homes and go outside multiple times a day to do their business and go for walks. A body can't keep up with the varying temperatures and moisture levels. Therefore, our skin becomes dry because it can't balance the right away of oils, chemicals, and bacteria that keep our skin nice.

Luckily, for you and your pooch there are ways to treat dry skin as well as prevent it in the future. If you notice that your dog has dry skin, the first thing you should go is brush the canine. Remove dead hair and skin. This can actually help skin fix itself.

Other things that you can do include occasional baths with moisturizing shampoo for sensitive skin or oatmeal baths. However, you should avoid giving your dog frequent baths during the winter to prevent dry skin in the first place. Bathing only strips skins natural oils and chemicals. A healthy diet can also help prevent dry skin in dogs.

If your dog has excessive dry skin that won't go away, you may want to take your dog to the veterinarian to make sure your dog's dry skin isn't a symptom of something else.

The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.