As the cold air and dry winter can be harsh on your skin, time can take a toll on the skin of the dog too. It is not uncommon to see a dog with itching and scratching a bit more during the dry, cold months of winter. Other symptoms of dry skin in dogs include dry skin and dog dander. Please note that it may take some time and a combination of treatments to find some relief for dry, itchy skin of your dog.
Visit your veterinarian to determine the cause of the itchy skin of your dog. Although winter weather can certainly be a cause, skin parasites, skin infections by fungi, food allergies and contact dermatitis are also common causes.
Bathe your dog less frequently. Bathing and shampooing the hair of a dog, strips the skin of its natural oils, promoting dryness. For this reason, dogs that live in cold and dry winter should not get a bath more than once a month. The frequent baths even with medicated dog shampoos are a primary cause of dry skin and itching in dogs.
Brush your dog regularly. Brushing improves circulation and stimulates the skin to produce natural oils that moisturize the skin of your dog naturally.
Keep your home moist. Winter Dry air removes moisture from the dog’s skin dry like human skin. Dogs living in homes with forced air systems for heating may be especially prone to dry and flaky skin. To help heal and prevent dry skin in dogs, use humidifiers indoors. Humidifiers make the heating system more efficient home, as the air “feels” warmer when wet, allowing lower thermostat settings.
Add a quality supplement for the skin or a tablespoon of olive oil to the dog’s food. Supplements for skin and coat work well to eliminate itching and dry, flaky skin in dogs moisturizing the skin from the inside out. Talk to your veterinarian about what is right for your dog.