Dry Skin Remedy for Pets
It is winter and just like our skin gets dry, so does your dog’s. They need to have that moisture and oils put back into their coat and skin.
If you don’t pre-treat for dry skin, your dog can get hot spots from scratching, which can lead to infections. Tips and recipes are found at end of blog.
There are simple ways to prevent dry skin and these are worth a try.
- Give baths as needed, but use a shampoo with vitamin E and moisturizers made for dogs. There are some spray-on, leave-in conditioners that have worked well for my pups too.
- Give your dog at least one meal with added moist food, preferably homemade (recipe below), but canned or refrigerated will do. When I don’t take the time to prepare food for my hound, I give her Freshpet with her kibble.
- Give your dog a probiotic every day. How much you give depends on their weight. I use Herbsmith Micro Flora Plus at Amazon
- Clean your dog’s water bowl daily and use filtered water (tap water has fluoride)
- Add 1 teaspoon coconut oil (for every 10 lbs) once a day. Start slow as too much can cause diarrhea. You can give flax seed oil at ½ teaspoon for every 15 lbs)
DIY Dog Shampoo
- 1 cup dish-washing soap (best if all natural)
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 ounces of glycerine
- 2 quart mason jar
- Pour ingredients into jar in order listed above
- Shake the jar gently to mix (not to hard or will turn to suds)
- Once your dog is thorough wet, pour shampoo on dog, avoiding ears, nose and eyes.
- Work into coat and skin with hands
Homemade Dog Food
I found this recipe at Damn Delicious – http://damndelicious.net/2015/04/27/diy-homemade-dog-food/ and have used it as an alternative to my dog’s kibble and FreshPet. It is easy to make and makes 8 cups. You can freeze it and defrost overnight in refrigerator. I usually heat it up in a frying pan just until it is warm, about 3 minutes. (I try not to use a microwave for anything, but if you are in a hurry, it only takes 20-30 seconds to nuke).
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 pounds ground turkey
- 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1/2 cup peas, frozen
- In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
- Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
- Let cool completely.
Hopefully these tips will help ease your dog’s dry skin. If this does not work, definitely take them to your Veterinarian. My Chelsea had a hot spot and even with all of the above, triple-antibiotic and antiseptic wipes did not go away. Turned out to be an inverted nipple that got infected. Who knew? Always better to check it out than to let it go.
Do you have any ways that you help ease dry skin in your pets? I would love to hear them.