Home Remedies for Dry Skin in Dogs

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Dry skin in dogs can be remedied at home by offering a higher-quality diet, including omega-3 fatty acids into the diet, bathing the pet no more than once a week, using an oatmeal-based shampoo and brushing the dog's coat on a regular basis. Encourage healthy, moisturized skin with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Let's talk about home remedies for dry skin in dogs. The first thing you want to know is why is there dry skin. One of the number one reasons for dogs, is food. And so, dogs need to be on a good quality food to maintain good hair coat, and that's due to the oils. And so, speaking of that, dogs that are on good quality foods and there's no diagnosis of allergy or anything like that, and they just end up having dry skin, could be due to lack of oils, and so adding something through your veterinary clinic that has Omega 3 fatty acids, or adding in a little bit of fish oil into the diet can make a difference of replenishing that oil into the skin, and making them less dry. Other things at home would be bathing. You don't want to over-bathe. Once a week is generally about enough, no more than that, and if you're using a shampoo for dry skin, you want to use something that's moisturizing, like an oatmeal based shampoo. Also, grooming and brushing your pet, your dog, also stimulates release of natural oils in the skin, and can help with dry skin as well. If there's redness or irritation to the skin, then there's likely something else going on, like an allergy that your veterinary clinic needs to diagnose first.

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