Notice your dog’s coat is changing with the seasons or just doesn’t feel as soft as it used to. If your dog has dry, irritated flaky Skin there is something you can do about it. Most likely you have the cure right in your cupboard.
Traditional causes for dry skin are as follows: spent too much time in the sun, you have hard water in your house, your dog has had one too many visits to the groomer with a hot air hair dryer, or the winter season has seen too many days of needing the heat to work overtime its time for some sweet help. Try these home remedies to get his coat back in shape.
As with humans, a dog’s diet directly affects his skin and coat health. Transition your dog to a high-quality food with few fillers. Check the label for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement to make sure your dog is receiving a balanced diet. Try all-natural or organic brands and look for brands that contain avocado, pomegranate or other natural anti-oxidants.
Essential Fatty Acids
Deficiencies in essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 are common in dogs who are on a low-fat diet, resulting in a dull coat and flaky skin. Fortunately, adding a small amount of oil to your dog’s diet will effectively supplement these deficiencies. According to WebMD, you can supplement omega-6 with sunflower oil or safflower oil and flaxseed oil and fish oil give plenty of omega-3 in the diet. If you purchase a fish oil in a gel cap you can puncture the supplement and squirt directly on food.
Massage a generous amount of honey into clean, damp fur, let sit for up to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add a little bit of olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. If your dog licks a bit of the honey there is nothing to worry about
Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet will help make his coat shinier. It helps to clear up skin conditions including eczema, allergies, yeast and fungal infections and itchy skin. You can also apply coconut oil topically to his skin to help heal skin infections and moisturize dry skin and fur.
Lemon Olive Oil Treatment
To fight dry skin brought on by any number of factors in your dog try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture for their coat and skin. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp the dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your dog’s body.
Mix equal parts lemon juice, olive oil, and water and massage thoroughly into your dog’s skin and coat. Let mixture sit for no more then 10 minutes at a time. This treatment should only be done inside (you don’t want the lemon juice to come into contact with the sun or heat lamps which will interact with the pigmentation of your dog’s fur. Rinse well and lather shampoo into coat well to get rid of any lemon juice before your dog is allowed outside again
Regular brushing will improve the condition and shininess of your dog’s coat by removing dead hair and skin. Bathing your dog regularly with a shampoo formulated for dogs will help keep his skin and coat clean. Don’t over-bathe your dog as this may dry out his coat and make sure you rinse all the shampoo out of his coat before drying your dog. Also, consider using conditioner or a finishing spray formulated for dogs.
Check with a groomer or veterinarian to determine how often you should brush and bathe your dog. Some dogs, especially those with thicker and longer coats, need grooming more often than short-hair dogs.
A shiny coat on a dog is a sign of good health and improves his appearance. Each breed will have different coat appearance because of the thickness, length and type of fur. But regardless of breed, proper diet and grooming will create a shiny coat.
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