"This is our Bear Bear shortly before he passed. He was 14 years old". "I found him at a high kill shelter in a small cage by himself. He was one of 5 puppies brought in and the last to go. This skinny, dirty puppy was meant for me to find and take home that day. He was pure sweetness and my protector till the day he died".
2. Regular brushing. Brush regularly to loosen dead skin cells from accumulating in their coats.
3. Lack of fatty acids in their diet. Dogs need to have enough fatty acids in their diet to ensure their is enough moisture in their skin and coat. Include fish oil in their diet to make sure they have the required doses of Omega 3. (I would check with the vet to get the proper weight of your dog to know the correct dosage of Omega 3 to give)
4. Climate changes. This affects not only your skin but your dogs skin as well. If you live in a dry area, your pet's skin may be dry because of the climate, or if your pet spends most of its time in an air conditioned room, that may be another cause of dry itchy skin.
"Jake and Maggie showing off their shiny coats"! "Jake and Maggie also showing off in training"! "That's it...they were to tired for anything else". LOL!
1. Vitamin E massage or Vitamin E pill: A massage is a great way to relax your pet as well as help with dry skin or if your fur baby can absorb the Vitamin E pill well, you can try that. (This is something I would ask my vet first because I have never tried it)
2. Yogurt: Feeding your puppy a little yogurt will help improve her immunity and keep yeast infections away. It is also found that adding yogurt to doggy diet will help to avoid diarrhea as well. (All of my dogs have loved yogurt and just a little on a teaspoon each day helps. Jake and Maggie scrunched their noses up at first but now they love it. Bear, Bella, and Lady took to their yogurt lolly pop right away!)
3. Epsom salt soaks: Epsom salt soak helps to relieve soreness. Constant itching will leave your dog’s skin sore and swollen. Epsom salt will help reduce the soreness and swelling and help in healing. (We bought a doggie bath tub for Bear and he would stand in the water enjoying the warmth of the bath water and salts).
4. Oatmeal: Add ground oatmeal to your dog’s bath or apply it along with his shampoo and it will provide him with instant relief. (I've heard both good and bad about using Oatmeal so I would recommend talking to your vet).
5. Chamomile tea: Spraying chamomile tea solution on the affected area is said to reduce itching in dogs. This is because of the natural disinfectant effect of chamomile. Chamomile helps to kill the bacterial infections, if any.
6. Eucalyptus oil: You can try adding eucalyptus oil in the bath water for your dog and use it as a final rinse. The disinfectant quality of eucalyptus will curb infections and keep away fleas, if any.
7. Baking soda: Try applying a thick paste of baking soda on the affected areas and it will help to bring down itching in your pet. (Another use for baking soda is to apply the paste to a minor cut that your pet may have. Maggie recently stepped on a broken beer bottle during a walk and got a small cut on her toe. I applied baking soda paste to it and took her to the vet the next day. By the time I got to the vet, the cut had healed and she was fine).
8. Lemon infused water: Lemon infused water can be used as a toner for your dog in order to help with infections. You can apply the lemon tonic on your dog’s body and allow it to dry. This will help to get rid of fleas and help heal cuts. (I have never tried this so again, I would talk to my vet first).
9. Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar, mixed in equal part with water, can be sprayed on your dog and it will help to alleviate itching and dryness. (I have also used this to clean out Maggie's ears when they look reddish and when the pups ears smell a little. It takes away both the redness and the smell in minutes).
10. Daily grooming: If your dog has a thick coat, brushing his coat daily will help to remove any foreign particles and flaky skin from his coat. The brushing will also stimulate the natural oils which in turn will keep your dog’s skin moisturized and soft.
11. Natural or herbal shampoos: Your pet might have dry skin also because of regular use of harsh chemical shampoos. If this is the case, one of the best things you can do for your dog is to switch to a herbal shampoo. You can also consider adding a few drops of soothing natural oils to the shampoo so that it helps with moisturizing his or her skin.
12. Dry shampoo: If your dog refuses to get a bath, one of the best options would be to use a dry shampoo on him. You can use oatmeal, bran or corn meal or a mix of all three to make natural dry shampoo for your dog. (I probably wouldn't do this considering I don't use dry shampoos on myself and probably wouldn't use it on my dogs. Just a preference thing).