Keeping a dog’s skin healthy is important. Their skin can become damaged from the elements. The diet they eat can cause skin conditions, such as oily skin. Even the shampoo that you use can irritate their skin. The tips below will help you keep your dog’s skin healthy, hydrated and moisturized.
Feed a Healthy and Balanced Diet
A balanced diet is important for your dog’s overall health, but it is also important for their skin. Maintaining this diet with high-quality foods can be expensive. It is important to read the ingredients on their dry and/or wet food to ensure that they are natural and is not full of additives and fillers.
The diet that you feed your dog plays a role in skin and coat health. A healthy coat is important to prevent irritation to the skin. Including lean meats, fresh vegetables and dog-safe fruits can be good for their coat and skin. It is important to incorporate only the safe amounts of these items that is suggested by your vet. If you’d like to give your dog a little dairy, consider raw goat milk. It is full of healthy fatty acids, proteins, probiotics, vitamins and minerals. It also contains necessary enzymes and electrolytes that helps fight allergies.
Watch for these Signs of Skin Allergies
Your dog may scratch incessantly as a sign that there is a skin irritation or allergy. This is just one of several symptoms they display. There may be raised or irritated areas throughout the body as well. If there are actual welts or blisters, it is important to take your dog to the vet immediately.
Another symptom is excessive licking in a concentrated area of the skin. This is often the sign of a food allergy. More severe skin allergies may display symptoms like swelling, hair loss, sneezing, rolling around on the back, signs of depression or a generally bad smell coming from the dog.
Proper hygiene is a must. This means regular brushing, bathing and grooming. Dogs with thinner coats may only need to be brushed or combed once a week. Dogs with thick, heavy coats may need a brushing a couple of times per week or even daily. This helps prevent dander from building up that can become irritating to their skin.
Maintain a bathing schedule. Bathing once per week is ideal for all breeds. The type of shampoo you choose for your pet is important. Depending on the time of year, the type of shampoo you use may require changing. If you shop for dog shampoo online, make sure to read customer reviews, look for veterinarian approvals and read the ingredients. If your dog has sensitive skin, be aware of the ingredients that can cause irritation and be sure to avoid them when ordering. It doesn’t hurt to call your veterinarian’s office for their opinion of the shampoo you’re considering. Their advice on the product could help prevent an allergic reaction or skin irritation.
Regularly Inspect for Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks can be hard to see, especially if your dog has a thick or long coat. Even with preventative products, they can bite your dog. Some dogs are allergic to fleas or ticks, so a single bite can become a serious medical situation rather quickly.
Check for dog for fleas and ticks once a week. Make sure that you are checking in skin folds, under the tail and in the joints. You may not see your dog scratch, but a flea or tick could be present. It is important to be more diligent about checking for these pests during peak flea and tick season in your area.
Your dog is a member of your family. Their health is just as important as yours. Proper grooming, a healthy diet and good hygiene help keep their skin healthy. If you own a breed that sheds or has an undercoat, extra attention to the skin may be needed. It is important to discuss what the best skin maintenance plan is for their specific breed to prevent potential skin conditions from occurring.