Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dry Skin in Pets Things to Remember

Dry Skin in Pets

Shiny coat is a sign of healthy pet. Dogs can have all sorts of skin problems, and they vary in severity from mild to severe. As temperatures begin to fall, you may notice a new behavior with your dog. He may be constantly scratching, biting or licking his fur. As it gets colder every day, his behavior becomes worse. Cold temperatures cause dry skin on dogs. Like us, dogs need good skin care to prevent itching and flaking. Dry skin on dogs is common in high altitudes.

Help for dogs with dry skin
Take these steps to take care of your dogs hair and skin:
  1. Bathe your dog as little as needed to keep its coat clean.
  2. Brush your dog often to remove dead hair and dander.
  3. If bathing is necessary, use a moisturizing shampoo made for dogs. Their pH is different from ours, so don't be tempted to use a human shampoo- it is much to harsh for their skin.
  4. Follow a bath when necessary with a moisturizing rinse made for dogs and their special needs.
  5. Don't forget that healthy hair and skin comes from within. Use a good quality, name brand food and consult with a veterinarian about the addition of fatty acid supplements which can make for healthier, glossier hair.

Help for cats with dry skin
 These suggestions for taking care of your cat's hair in the winter:
  1. Comb your cat's hair often to remove dander and loose hair.
  2. Don't bathe your cat unless you need to clean the hair coat of grease, oil, or dirt. Remember cats give themselves baths everyday.
  3. Use a conditioning rinse after your cat's bath. Don't use oils and lotions that are designed for people. You'll find they will just gum up the cat's hair and attract a lot of dirt..
  4. Feed quality, name brand foods to provide adequate nutrition for glossy, healthy hair.
  5. Consult with your veterinarian about increasing fatty acids and vitamins in your cats diet.
Warning signs that your pet has more than dry skin

Pets scratch for many reasons, including allergies, parasites, or infection. All of these conditions may appear to be "dry skin" to the pet owner, but they actually require treatment by a veterinarian. Attempting home remedies may only complicate the problem or delay treatment.
You can't assume that chewing and licking to the point of hair loss is from nerves. It usually isn't.
Often skin problems and poor hair quality in pets are merely symptoms of something else such as kidney, liver, adrenal or thyroid gland problems.
If notice any of these conditions or if the initial skin problem persists for more than a week, consult with your veterinarian for treatment.
  • Skin irritation, including redness, bumps, and rashes
  • Open sores of any kind
  • Excessive hair loss, either in concentrated patches or all over
  • Dull, dry hair that pulls out easily
  • Constant foot licking or face rubbing (with or without runny eyes or itchy ears)