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Old time dry skin treatments for dogs

Updated April 17, 2017

Like humans, canines can be prone to dry skin. It can be caused during the winter months by indoor heat exposure from being kept inside for lengthier periods. It can also be due to infection, allergies, anxiety, illness or diet. There is an assortment of ways to eliminate the itching to generate comfort for your dog that includes home remedies and herbal supplements.

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There are preventive measures that can be taken to help your dog steer clear of dry skin issues. Make a habit of brushing your dog's hair on a regular basis. This will aid in enhancing blood flow throughout the skin. Be careful not to bathe your dog too much. It can be a deterrent in keeping natural skin oils in place. Use a shampoo that has a moisturising component to it.

Herbal Extracts

There are safe herbal extracts that have proven helpful for dry skin issues, in addition to being aids in digestion. These herbal extracts also will reduce the probability of recurring dry skin issues. Some of these include pirulina, dandelion and horsetail. They can be used in the form of a skin tonic.

Chammomile Tea And Olive Oil

Another effective, natural means to treat your dog's dry skin is by using chamomile tea and olive oil. Boil the tea and allow cooling time. Rub it on your dog as a rinse. Chamomile tea is a soothing treatment and does not leave their skin oily. If it is a more severe case of dryness, pour olive oil over the area of dry skin and rub it off with a towel.

Continued Treatment

If you do not see progress with these home remedies, there are dog shampoos that can be purchased that are specified for dry skin. Also, you could consult a veterinarian for another diagnosis and treatment plan.

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About the Author

Hunter Darden is an author of four children's books, a novel, and a black-and-white photography book. She is also a humor/inspiration newspaper columnist having written for The Charlotte Observer. Darden has a degree in psychology from Meredith College. She was the 2005 recipient of the Meredith College Career Achievement Award and the NC General Federation of Women's Clubs Excellence in Creative Writing Award.

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