How Can I Treat My Dog’s Dry Skin Naturally?
Apart from visiting the vet to find a solution to your furry friend’s dry skin, it has to be said that there are a number of effective homemade, natural fixes to this problem of dry, flaky skin on your dear Fido.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the most widely used home remedies for the problem of dry skin on dogs is the application of apple cider vinegar on the affected portions of the pooch’s skin.
When applied on a dog’s skin, apple cider vinegar is quite effective at displacing bacteria responsible for such a pooch’s dry skin issues. Alternatively, apple cider vinegar can be administered orally to a dog with dry skin as it has been proven to help with blood flow to the skin, and by extension, adding moisture to the pooch’s skin.
However, before applying apple cider vinegar on your dog’s skin, it is recommended that you dilute it with equal parts water to prevent hurting the pooch’s skin.
Oatmeal is a common remedy for relieving dry, itchy skin on humans, and it is equally as effective at treating your dog’s dry skin. And as proof of the effectiveness of this product in combating dry skin in dogs, you can find oatmeal as a major ingredient in most hypoallergenic dog shampoo products.
To treat your pooch’s dry skin with oatmeal, you’d have to prepare an oatmeal bath. And this can be done by grinding oatmeal and sprinkling the powder into warm water which is to be used to bathe the pooch.
If you’re reluctant to bathe your pooch, you can also make oatmeal paste, and apply this paste on the affected regions of your furry friend’s skin.
Coconut oil is the ‘go-to guy’ when it comes to treating canine skin issues, and this product is an effective remedy for combating the issue of dry skin on dogs.
Coconut oil has excellent moisturizing properties, and by massaging it directly into your pooch’s fur, you can provide quick relief to a dog suffering from dry skin. Additionally, coconut oil is safe to consume for dogs, hence there is no problem if your pooch licks some of the oil off its skin.
Yogurt is an effective moisturizer and it also contains ‘good’ bacteria that help battle against bacterial infections and cure dry skin issues on dogs.
Additionally, by feeding your pooch with little amounts of plain yogurt per day, you can improve gut health and avoid gastrointestinal issues.