How to Treat & Prevent Your Dog's Dry, Itchy Skin

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To treat and prevent a dog's dry, itchy skin, which are usually caused by external parasites or allergies, provide a high-quality food, keep them bathed regularly and add fatty acid supplements to their food. Brush a dog's fur regularly and apply topical preventative flea medicine with health information from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Hi, I'm Doctor Aimee Beger. I'm a veterinarian, and today we're going to be talking about how to treat and prevent your dogs itchy skin. Itchy skin in dogs is typically from a variety of reasons, but the most common ones are either external parasites, such as fleas and ticks, or allergies that your dog may be experiencing. The best way to prevent allergies or itchy skin in your dog is to get them on a good, high quality food, to keep them bathed on a regular basis, and also adding supplements such as fatty acids, omega three, omega six supplements to their food. Also brushing them on a regular basis definitely helps, and to prevent the flea and tick infestation that we commonly see. And using a good topical preventative medication is...is also a good way to prevent parasites. So, the fatty acid supplement that we use at our clinic is something such as this by Vet Solutions. It's just an omega three fatty acid supplement. You can use it in your dog or cat. And it's very easy to administer, you just pump it on their food once daily. Things you might see if your dog is itchy, they may be scratching and chewing at themselves all day long, all night long. It often causes red and inflamed skin, sometimes even a skin infection, which you may see as crusts or scabs or even little pustules on your dogs skin, such as right here.

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