Dogs can suffer from allergies and itchy skin too, and as the winter approaches us, there is no better time to consider the ways we can make life more comfortable for our pets. The cold temperatures of fall and winter exacerbate the symptoms of dry skin, making every day an itchy struggle for some of our canine companions.
If you think your dog is allergic to something in the environment, talk to your veterinarian, and try to stop your dog from going near those things. Or, if they’re allergic to something in their diet, cut certain foods out. But perhaps their itchiness isn’t caused by allergies at all – so it’s important to make your home and daily routine as irritation-free as possible!
Feeling itchy isn’t just unpleasant – it actually puts your dog at risk of catching diseases and forming skin conditions that could require medication. Open wounds that are created by the over-scratching of itchy hotspots give bacteria and fungus the opportunity to get into your dog’s bloodstream. Keep your dog from scratching with these useful tips!
Although any dog, despite their breed, weight, health, or anything else, can have allergies, there is no doubt that having a healthy, nutritious diet can help your dog deal with the symptoms.
With the right nutrients, they will have a better immune system, and stronger muscles and skin. You see, the healthier the body is, the more effective it is at fighting off allergens and stressors – even ones from the environment.
So, include some healthy snacks into your dog’s daily diet. Often pups love little pieces of apples or carrots, so swap their biscuits for some fruit and veg instead. They're full of vitamins and antioxidants that promote good health!
If you’re worried that your dog isn’t getting the right vitamins for optimum health, we recommend trying the Petlab Co.’s Multivitamin Chews. They’re full of ingredients that are proven to boost overall health, as well as improving the condition of their skin and coat, and strengthening their natural defenses with vitamins E, D, A, and B.
The use of heaters in the house, and hot tools such as blow dryers, can irritate anyone’s skin, including your dog’s. The excess heat being blown onto them can cause the skin to become dry, especially when the temperature outside is cold!
The environment can play a big role in the health of your furry pal’s skin, so consider the use of humidifiers when the air is dry and keep the house at a mild temperature as much as you can.
It’s also important to stay hydrated! Allow your dog easy access to a bowl of fresh water as much as possible. And note that if you feed your dog dry kibble, they’ll need to drink more water than dogs who eat wet food, due to the lack of moisture in their diet.
Dog's coats are like our hair – it needs frequent cleaning to look, feel, and smell nice. Proper grooming and hygiene will help your dog’s skin stay clear of irritants and allergens that could be sitting on them that cause excessive itching. Brushing and combing will clear the skin and coat of dead skin.
The presence of dead skin and allergens under the coat can sometimes deter growth because when the skin is inflamed from irritation, the hair follicles struggle to grow new hairs, and the existing hair loses quality.
Dogs who struggle from itchy, dry skin may be sensitive to certain products. For a homemade solution, use oatmeal grains mixed with water and wash their coat with it, as it’s great for soothing itchy skin! Or, if you want a less messy option, you should try the Petlab Co.’s Itch Relief Shampoo. It soothes the pain and irritation in itchy hotspots while optimizing the quality of your pup’s coat and moisturizing dry skin. If your dog suffers from dry, itchy skin, try this shampoo, with a promised 90-day moneyback guarantee!
A great, natural reliever of itchy skin, Apple Cider Vinegar can decrease the discomfort of dry skin and allergies. Not only that, but it also repels ticks and fleas, which are responsible for itchiness, discomfort, and bringing the risk of certain diseases to your poor pup. Some ticks carry Lyme’s Disease, so if you live in an area that has an abundance of ticks in the outdoor areas, this is a great way to prevent them from settling on your pet’s coat!
The acidity of the vinegar also creates an environment that yeast can’t survive in, which lowers the likeliness of a yeast infection in your dog’s coat. Yeast infections can be caused by allergies, and the infection can itself cause problems such as dermatitis or dangerous inflammation of the skin.
We suggest mixing Apple Cider Vinegar in a bottle – preferably a spray bottle for easy distribution to the coat – with water. Make sure the ratio is no more than 50% Apple Cider Vinegar, because the acidity may be too much for your dog, especially if they have sensitive skin. Apply it once or twice a day, and before heading outside in flea/tick-infested areas.
Ingredients that are proven to help the symptoms of dry skin are Omega 3 and Omega 6. They contain an abundance of nutrients that relieve the discomfort of dry skin, and they act as anti-inflammatories for the itchy hotspots on the skin. The reason they are so effective is that the oil from the Omega oils supports the existence of the body’s natural oils.
Dry skin occurs when the body’s glands don’t produce enough natural oils, so Omegas 3 and 6 will encourage oil production. This also boosts hair growth and prevents shedding of fur, which can be a problem for dogs with dry, itchy skin.
You can find Omega fatty acids in supplement form for dogs. The Petlab Co.’s Shedding Formula contains Omega 3, as one of many ingredients that support skin and fur health. All you have to do is apply a spoon of the formula in your dog’s water bowl once a day to optimize the health of their coat and skin.
Itchy, dry skin isn’t fun for anyone – it can be painful and sore when being scratched, and when scratched too much, it can create open wounds that are vulnerable to disease. It’s our jobs, as pet parents, to make sure the environment and home we make for our dogs are as safe and comfortable as possible!