Conditioning your dog's dry skin can provide relief, however, addressing underlying causes is also recommended to keep your dog's skin in good shape. Dry skin can become more easily damaged from itching or interference, or subject to infection with bacteria and yeast, so counteracting it is important for your dog’s health. There are a number of things you can do to condition your dog's dry skin.
Investigate causes of dry skin and address issues. Regular grooming and appropriate bathing with moisturizing shampoos can help alleviate Fido's dry skin. Dietary supplements and humidifiers can help mitigate medical conditions and environmental factors. Several natural moisturizers can be used on your dog's dry skin and especially on exposed skin on the nose and paw pads, including coconut oil and olive oil.
There is no need for your dog to suffer from dry skin. Even a trip to your kitchen cupboard can help; oatmeal, vinegar, and oils can all be used to bring relief to your itchy pooch.
He has dry itchy skin and scratches a lot ( I heard this is common for this breed which we think he is , not sure because he’s a rescue from Mississippi)
Does putting coconut oil in his food help ? What can I do on a daily basis to get him relief !?
Hi Lisa, Dougie looks like a beautiful companion! My advice would be to take him to the veterinarian so that they can determine the cause of the itching. There could be reasons such as ticks, mites or other parasites that are difficult to see, an allergy such as to his food or due to an environmental cause, or even heat rash. The vet will be able to diagnosis the cause and provide treatment which will give Douggie the relief he needs. I recommend the vet because often itching can lead to secondary infection (say, if Douggie has raw skin and dirt from his paws enters the wound). Hope this helps!
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