Canine dry skin is common, especially when the weather gets cold and we have to turn the heat up indoors. Dog dry skin is flaky and often has white scales that resemble dandruff.
Allergies, parasitic skin problems like mange, and bacterial skin infections can lead to canine dry skin, as can certain hormonal disorders, including, Thyroid Disease.
What To Do for Dog Dry Skin
Regular bathing using hypoallergenic shampoos that contain organic oatmeal or benzyl peroxide provide relief. A vinegar-water rinse used after bathing is soothing and helps resolve flaky skin.
To prepare the rinse: add four tablespoons of white vinegar to one gallon of water. Massage this through the fur, and then rinse again with plain water and air dry. Cooler, rather than warmer water for your rinses is less irritating to the skin.
Leave-on moisturizers (one tablespoon per gallon of water) with aloe vera and alpha keri are helpful in many cases.
Add essential omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and Vitamins A, C and E to your dog’s diet. Fish oil and flaxseed oil are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Use a humidifier or place a pan of water by your radiator to increase moisture in your home during the winter.
Regular dog grooming helps to prevent mats and tangles. It also removes loose hair. Grooming on a regular basis is the single best way to maintain the overall health of your dog’s skin and hair coat.
Complementary Dog Dry Skin Treatments
Herbal Dog Dry Skin Remedies
Blot areas with a fresh, organic lemon juice solution.
You can also add goldenseal tea to the diet daily.
Homeopathic Dog Dry Skin Remedies
Sulphur 6x is helpful for dry, itchy skin. Give one pellet once daily for 14 days; withhold food 10 minutes before and after treatment.
All dog dosages are given daily by mouth.
Zinc Methionine: 2 milligrams per pound of body weight.
Zinc Sulfate: 5 milligrams per pound of body weight.
Zinc Gluconate: 2.5 milligrams per pound of body weight.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid Dosage: Fish Oil and Flaxseed Oil: 50 milligrams per pound of body weight.
Dog Dry Skin Vitamins
Vitamin E: 10 IU per pound of body weight.
Up to 800 IU daily of Vitamin E for large dogs.
Vitamin C powder: 25 milligrams per pound of body weight per day.
From 250 milligrams to 1000 milligrams of Vitamin C depending on the size of your dog.
This dosage of Vitamin C is to be given to your dog daily.
Balanced natural comprehensive dog vitamin supplements are also quite helpful.
TIP: Take the total daily dose of Vitamin C and give one third of the dose three times daily or every 8 hours to your dog for best results
About Dr. Carol
Dr. Carol Osborne is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat, a published author and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
She welcomes new canine and feline patients.
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