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What to do for dogs’ dry skin in winter?

The cold weather can cause dryness in your dog’s skin which will lead to itchiness. If you notice a…
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In the winter months, there are many things that people forget about when trying to protect their pup from the cold weather. One thing that they often forget is keeping their skin healthy during these harsh months.

Dogs with thick coats and short ears, such as huskies or pugs, can handle the cold weather better than those that have thin coats and long ears. However, no matter what type of fur your dog has, it is important to pay close attention to their skin during the winter months. The cold weather can cause dryness in your dog’s skin which will lead to itchiness. If you notice any abnormalities on your pet’s skin this winter season then take them to a local veterinarian right away. Here are some ways you can keep your dog’s skin healthy during the winter months! 

Let’s start with the basics:

What causes dry skin in dogs during winter?

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Dry skin in dogs is caused by the lack of moisture in the air during colder weather. This can lead to dry, flaky patches on their skin, which will make it itch horribly if left unattended. If you think your dog may be suffering from dry skin, take them to a local veterinarian to diagnose whether or not this is what’s happening. 

Symptoms of dogs have dry skin:

–  Itchy dogs with a patchy coat that is dull and lacks shine

– Dull coat that looks very thin despite being thick at one point

– Scratching nonstop until they are bleeding–this is usually kept hidden so watch your pup carefully around their paws!

If your dog suffers from any of these symptoms, take them to a local veterinarian immediately.

Remedies for dogs with dry skin:

1.) Keep Your Dog Warm

This may seem obvious, but having warm dogs is the best way to keep their skin moisturized. Keeping your dogs indoors during the cold months will ensure that their body temperature is staying warm, thus keeping the moisture in their skin at all times! If your dogs are spending time outdoors then make sure they have extra protection from the cold weather by making an outdoor shelter out of wood or other insulating materials that you have available. This shelter should be small enough so that it doesn’t allow too much heat to escape while also protecting them from rain and snowfall. Also, if you know for certain that there is the wind that could be affecting the dogs then insulating their beds with blankets or thermal materials would be helpful before you let them outside.

2.) Feed Your Dog A Healthy Diet With Essential Oils

If you are planning to make your dog’s food this winter, try making a diet out of healthy foods that are known for moisturizing dry skin. Foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli and salmon all have essential oils throughout them that help moisturize dogs’ skin during the cold months. If you aren’t interested in preparing homemade meals for your dogs, consider switching them over to a high-quality brand of kibble that is well-known for its ingredients being full of natural nutrients that dogs need to stay healthy during the cold weather! 

3.) Consider Adding Moisturizing Shampoo To Your Dog’s Baths

Moisturizing shampoos can help dogs with dry skin during the winter months. If you have a dog that has long hair, be sure to put them in a bath soon after brushing so any extra fur on them doesn’t become too dry. Also, if your dogs are spending time outdoors then make sure they get rinsed off thoroughly before coming back inside since salt used for ice melts may dry out their coat. 

4.) Use A Mild Dog Conditioner

Conditioners are great for dogs with dry coats because it makes their hair smooth again thus creating moisture where needed! If you’re planning on giving your dogs a bath soon then condition beforehand by making a mixture of water and conditioner. After about five minutes, rinse the dogs off under warm water to ensure that it’s all been washed away from their fur.

5.) Trim Long Hair To Make It Easier To Maintain Your Dog’s Skin

If you have dogs with long hair then consider trimming a little bit off to make it easier for yourself during wintertime. Long hair can sometimes be detrimental to dogs’ skin because they may not feel as though they are getting clean after a bath or if they spend too much time outside in the cold. Trimming it will also help you see any dry spots on your dogs’ coats better so you know where exactly you should focus on when applying moisturizers! 

6.) Massage In A Moisturizing Oil To Treat Dry Skin In Dogs

Dry skin can also be treated through massage so dogs’ skin will be moisturized from head to toe! While dogs enjoy being massaged because it feels good, this is a great way for you to check their body for any dry spots that need immediate attention – especially if your dogs are shyer or don’t like getting baths as much as others do. Just remember only to use a really small amount of oil because dogs tend to lick off anything that tastes interesting! You can just rub it into the palms of your hands first then smooth over their coat with flat hand motions if you’re worried about dogs licking it off!

7.) Get Dogs A Coat To Help Keep Them Dry In The Winter

If dogs are prone to having dry skin woes during the wintertime then getting them a coat is probably one of the best things you can do for them. Not all dogs need coats though depending on where you live and what their coats typically look like, dogs with very short hair or dogs that have unusually high metabolisms may be more at risk for having dry skin in the winter so getting them a coat is an excellent idea. Of course, you’ll want to make sure dogs actually like wearing coats before buying it for them because some dogs just don’t like being constrained by clothing!

8.) Try A Humidifier If You Live In A Dry Climate

If dogs have dry skin in the winter then one of the most effective ways to help them is by making their living environment a little bit more humid. This will help dogs’ skin retain its own moisture even if it feels like there isn’t any water around. If you live in a part of the world where dogs often get dry skin problems, consider getting a humidifier for your dogs so they won’t be uncomfortable during the wintertime.

9.) Give Your Dog Some Vitamins To Help Them Deal With Dry Skin

Dogs’ skin and coat is a reflection of what they’re eating, so dogs with dry skin may be lacking in nutrients that their bodies need to look healthy. If dogs have been having dry skin issues lately then you should keep an eye on what they’re eating because there’s a chance their diet could be the root of their problems! Dryness is one of the most common signs dogs are deficient in some vitamins or minerals so try giving dogs some supplements using fish oil or brewer’s yeast if dogs usually don’t eat meat. Both ingredients have tons of nutritional benefits for dogs while also being extremely tasty!

10.) Feed Your Dog Omega-3 Fish Oil And Vitamin E To Treat Dog Dry Skin

If your dog has been suffering from dry skin lately then dogs’ diets should be examined carefully to figure out why dogs may not be getting the vitamins and minerals they need. Dogs seem to love fish oil and dogs really like eating it, but dogs can’t get all of the essential fatty acids and vitamin E that their bodies need from fish oil alone so you’ll want to add some other form of Vitamin E too since dogs won’t always eat fish oil on its own!

Thinking about dogs being cold is petrifying! But don’t panic if your dogs have dry skin in winter. Instead, consider the symptoms and how to remedy these symptoms of dogs’ dry skin. By knowing what causes dogs’ dry skin during the wintertime, you can then take care of that concern quickly by following some simple remedies for dogs with dry skin. All this information will help get rid of all the concerns about dogs having dry skin in winter.

*Note: these tips are not meant to be used in place of medical advice from a professional. Please consult with your veterinarian if you believe your pet is suffering from an issue they can’t self-diagnose!

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