How to Know if Your Dog has Dry, Itchy Skin

April Livingston | January 11th, 2018

In the frigid winter months, it is very common for us humans to try to combat the cold air and its affects on our skin. You might have dry, cracking skin that itches. There are many products on the market to help with this, like lotion, but what if your dog has dry and itchy skin? Much like their human counterparts, it is common for dogs to have itchy skin in the winter. It is important to understand the causes of this issue, from more serious problems to simple things like allergies or dietary problems. If you are noticing your dog itchy much more than usual, there are some ways to help them with this issue.

True dry skin typically shows itself on the dog’s back or neck. This could show itself as white flakes of dandruff on the fur. While this could just be dandruff, it could also be a symptom of something more serious, like an infection, bacteria, or even a disorder. Before determining a treatment plan with your dog’s doctor, here are some potential causes of dry skin.

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Allergies: Many dogs, like humans, have seasonal allergies or even food allergies. This can be caused by the environment around them and things like pollen, or it could be a sign of something more serious like Cushing’s disease or parasites. See your veterinarian to check the dog for the true root cause of their dry, itchy skin.

Treatment can be as simple as removing allergens from a dog’s diet, like chicken or grain. Scratching at the face, ears, and feet can be caused by a poultry allergy. Take note of your dog’s symptoms and then talk to your veterinarian about what is happening to find the best treatment for your dog. A great way to keep your dog’s skin healthy at home is to give them an oatmeal bath every few weeks to soothe irritated skin.

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