How to Treat a Puppy's Dry Skin

Puppy dandruff looks a lot like human dandruff.
Puppy dandruff looks a lot like human dandruff. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Dry skin and dandruff are not unusual in puppies. Their skin is soft, thin and prone to drying out. Frequent bathing and poor diet can also contribute to dry skin. For many puppies, modifying bathing and diet habits takes care of the problem. Changing how you groom your puppy will also help in alleviating the symptoms of dry skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog brush
  • Fatty-acid supplements and foods
  • Oatmeal shampoo
  • Baby shampoo
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Veterinarian

Cut back on baths. A dog's skin provides oils that are essential for keeping it moisturized. Washing removes these oils; frequent washing can keep the skin from replenishing its natural oils at all. Bathe your puppy once a week at most.

Brush your puppy's fur regularly. This helps to distribute its natural oils across its skin.

Add fatty acids to your puppy's diet in the form of dog food that contains omega 3, eggs and flaxseed oil. Mix just a little bit into your puppy's food.

Use an oatmeal shampoo when washing your puppy. This helps to soothe its skin. A baby shampoo is also gentle enough to use.

Rub a moisturizing lotion into your puppy's skin. You can use the same kind of lotion that you use on your skin. Try to avoid heavily scented products, which can irritate the nose or skin.

Take your puppy to the vet. If regular maintenance and a few tricks don't clear up your puppy's dry skin, it could be a symptom of a bigger problem. Parasites, allergies and skin conditions can also lead to dry skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take your puppy to the vet if it has symptoms that include pain, loss of appetite, swelling, weeping of fluid and blood or hair loss.

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