Bathing a dog every day is not necessary and that will make your pet’s skin dry. s This condition is serious. Dry skin should not be taken lightly, so make sure you take your dog to your family veterinarian as soon as you notice symptoms of dry skin. Read Pet TransFusion for more information.
Not only bathing the dog there are several other conditions which can cause dry skin condition in your dog. They are allergies and parasites to serious medical disorders like Cushing’s disease and hypothyroidism. Auto-immune diseases and cancer can also cause dry skin. Dogs that have a bushy coat and hairless dogs normally get skin problems very often. Sometimes dry skin is caused by environmental conditions such as cold weather and dry air or excessive bathing, use of harsh soap, and poor nutrition. If you suspect that your dog’s dry skin is the result of nutritional deficiencies, environmental conditions, or bathing habits, it is still a good idea to consult your veterinarian.
How can you identify that your dog has a skin problem? There are several signs you can see on your dog’s skin. Common symptoms include dry skin, itching, redness, losing hair, scaling, dandruff, flaking, pimples, bad odor, increased or less oiliness, scabs, and inflammation which can also lead to secondary skin infections.
Most of the Veterinary clinics in Sri Lanka have facilities to test the skin conditions of your dog. Veterinarians usually diagnose by taking skin scrapes for cytology.
In some cases, dry skin might be a symptom of a larger cause, in which case your vet will treat both the dry skin and the condition.
General management for dog owners
Some factors, like excessive bathing, are easy to control. Purchasing a humidifier to use when the weather is cold and dry, using a veterinarian-approved shampoo, and reducing the frequency of baths usually resolve the dry skin condition in dogs, as long as those factors are the cause. Switching to a high-quality diet provides the necessary nutrients your dog needs for a healthy coat and skin, so talk with your veterinarian about a nutrition plan, along with any supplements, that he recommends.
Preventing Dry Skin on Dogs
There are a few things you can do to prevent dry skin on dogs: such as feed a high-quality, balanced diet and coat supplements from puppyhood, prevent parasites, groom your dog regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt and debris, keep facial skin folds clean in breeds with folds.
A good bathing routine can help healthy skin. Before you begin your bathing routine always check with your vet what kind of shampoo and conditioner is appropriate for your dog. Most of people use human shampoo on dogs which is not recommended. There are shampoos for all sorts of different problems, such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-itch, rehydrating, and anti-dandruff.
Bathing once a week will help increase healing and recovery from any infections. While bathing, you can use a medicated shampoo. Gentle massage for about 10 minutes with shampoo will help to get rid of skin problems. Bushy or long hair breeds need a dog conditioner after bathing. It’s also best to use an appropriate conditioner after shampooing. This will have a longer-lasting effect on your dog’s skin than shampooing alone. Choose a time when your dog is settled and calm, making the whole experience relaxed and fun. The water needs to be lukewarm, and your dog’s coat has to be thoroughly wet all over. Be careful to keep his ears and eyes shampoo free. Once you’ve shampooed thoroughly and massaged it into his coat, particularly in the most affected body areas, carefully decide as to how long you should keep the shampoo on. Many need five to ten minutes to do their job most effectively, so have a couple of small treats or toys at hand to keep your dog engaged and happy.