Do Dogs Get Dry Winter Skin Too?

Do dogs get dry winter skin too? During the winter you probably experience dry skin. Did you ever consider that your dog may also be suffering with dry skin? Dogs go from the cold outdoors to the warm indoors each day just like humans. A body can't keep up with these changes and skin often becomes dry. This article will discuss this issues in dogs and what you can do to help your dog with its dry winter skin.

Just like people dogs can get dandruff too. What should you do if you notice that your dog has dandruff? Believe it or not, bathing won't help. Bathing your dog will actually strip the fur and skin of natural oils causing even more dry skin. Try to avoid giving your dog baths during the winter, if you must give your dog a bath, use water and avoid shampoo or purchase a shampoo for sensitive skin.

There are other options for dry skin such as brushing your dog. You don't want to irritate your dog's skin, but you want to try to remove dry, dead skin and loose hair so your dog's skin can actually repair itself. If your dog's dry skin is bad you can try to give your dog an oatmeal bath. You can also buy medicated shampoos made specifically for dry, itchy skin or a topical ointment. Discuss these options with your veterinarian.

If your dog has skin problems throughout the year they may need a diet change. A dog's diet should be well-balanced and nutritional to keep their whole body healthy including their skin and fur. Diets containing fatty acids can help with dry skin. You can also supplement your dog's diet with vitamins. Consult your veterinarian to decide on the best course of action to prevent or treat your dog's dry skin. 

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