Winter Skin Issues/Allergies & your pup!
Winter and Summer Skin Issues/Allergies can be a little different. In this piece, we are going to give you a few different things that may help your pup through this time. We are not veterinarians and you should always take your dog to your vet for treatment and advice.
Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar offers benefits to pups suffering from allergies. If your dog has itchy skin, you can apply a solution of apple cider vinegar and water to your dog. Put the solution in a spray bottle for easy use. You can also use it to clean out your dog’s ears. The acidity of the vinegar makes for an environment that yeast typically can’t live in. Make sure that the acidity isn’t too strong for your dog. Some do a 50/50 mixture.
Dry Skin/ Dandruff
To avoid stripping the skin’s natural oils or causing chemical irritation, bathing with shampoos or soaps should be limited during the winter months. Simple water baths should be sufficient under most circumstances. If you must bathe your pet, use a moisturizing shampoo for sensitive skin, along with a moisturizing rinse.
Manage Moisture & Heat
Be sure to keep your home appropriately cooled and use a humidifier in dry conditions. When drying your dog from a bath, avoid using a high heat blow dryer.
Make sure your dog always has access to water. Dogs on a dry kibble diet are in need of more moisture in their diets than dogs that eat a home-cooked, raw, or wet food diet.
Be very careful when using essential oils. Not all Essential Oils are made the same. You must be careful of which oils you are using some are harmful to pets. Consult your vet and an expert on oils before using essential oils on your dog.
Coconut Oil and Fish Oil
You can use coconut oil directly on your dog and you can also give your dog coconut oil in a treat or over their food. Fish oil or Omega 3 and 6 are also a good supplement to help with skin issues. Don’t forget to check with your vet to make sure this is something that would be beneficial to your pup.
Products We Recommend
We use Nu Stock to also help in troubled areas. You can find this at Atwoods, Tractor Supply, or online in the horse section. It is sulfur based and doesn’t smell great but helps!
Check out our other article on Allergies……