How do I cure my dog's dry skin?

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  1. To Start Again profile image75
    To Start Againposted 6 years ago

    How do I cure my dog's dry skin?

    Is there anything like lotion for dogs? How do I relieve his itching?

  2. Jlbowden profile image89
    Jlbowdenposted 6 years ago

    Two things that we do to relieve itching in our Cock-a-Poo, are the following.

    - 2 to 3 baths per week, if possible, with a non- allergenic dog shampoo, that can be purchased in the beauty section, or supplements section of a health food store.

    - secondly, we wipe down our dogs fur coat and underlying skin, by giving her a good 70% alcohol rub.  Then from the pharmacy, we purchase a brand name Cortisone 10 creme.

    Remember creme and not the Gel. Because the two are distinctly different. The combination of alcohol and Cortisone, should help both the skin and itching, adding some moisturizing emollients to the underlying skin.

    We find that these prevention steps work the best in eliminating our pooches itching problems.  And I hope it works for yours as well!  Nothing more annoying then seeing your dog scratching itself incessantly.


  3. Just Ask Susan profile image90
    Just Ask Susanposted 6 years ago

    I bathe my dogs in a oatmeal prescription shampoo that I purchased from my vet. I also give them salmon oil every day. Omega 3 fatty acids are important because they help to reduce inflammation and add to overall skin and coat quality.

  4. Dreamhowl profile image96
    Dreamhowlposted 6 years ago

    Maybe you could try a salmon oil or omega 3 supplement from the dog vitamin section of your nearest pet store? They could help with your dog's dry skin. My store has a regular customer who has a dog with loads of skin issues. He has mentioned putting a little olive oil in his dog's food daily.

  5. d.william profile image74
    d.williamposted 6 years ago

    Pets are like family.  You should never take advice from anyone but an expert with your child, or you dog.  Free advice followed may be detrimental to your dogs health.  You cannot treat any kind of problem without a proper diagnosis as to the cause.  Only your vet can give you that. 
    If you truly care about your pet, take it to a vet.  If he suggests any kind of cream - feel free to ask him what is equivalent for humans that  you can buy over the counter.  There are many human treatments for animals that are also used for humans, but when you buy them from the vet they are twice the price.

    1. Craeft profile image81
      Craeftposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      hehe... In fact... MOST of them are the same as for humans... even same dose ratios.
      When filling prescriptions, we often tell people not to buy from our pharmacy, but to go to Walmart because it's cheaper and it's exactly the same thing.

  6. DrMark1961 profile image97
    DrMark1961posted 6 years ago

    If it is just dry skin, Just Ask SusanĀ“s recommendation on salmon oil is very good. The person who recommended you bathe your dog excessively, and use cortisone, is not correct.
    If your dog is scratching from some other cause, however, he cannot be diagnosed on the internet. Your best bet would be to take him into your vet and have his skin looked at.

    1. agilitymach profile image96
      agilitymachposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I like this answer plus adding oatmeal shampoo for when you need to bathe your dog.  Don't bathe your dog more than once every two weeks, and preferably only once a month or less.  Natural oils are important.  And, yes, see your vet first.

  7. nataliemarie71 profile image60
    nataliemarie71posted 6 years ago

    HHi. I have a Pomeranian, and he had awful skin issues. We have used Tresume shampoo and conditioner. We found out that it has a soothing affect. Also, we have done a lot of research on this, you can rub baby oil on him/her. Good luck! I hope this helps you and your puppy smile

  8. aliciaharrell profile image68
    aliciaharrellposted 6 years ago

    I use Organic Aloe Vera gel to ease my dachshund's dry skin. My Veterinarian told me this is good for their skin and coat plus non-toxic. I purchase this at my local Health Food Store for around $4 per bottle; lasts about six months. This is an affordable natural measure that does not leave stains or have an odor like Salmon oil does.

    My recommendation is first take your dog in to the Veterinarian for a proper diagnosis. There are numerous causes for what looks like dry skin on a pet. Sometimes seemingly dry skin could be a completely different ailment.

    My Veterinarian is great at sharing all natural and organic methods of treatment with me for my dog's better health. We have a wonderful relationship; my dog loves her too.

    May these ideas be helpful, hope your dog feels better soon. smile

  9. DDE profile image25
    DDEposted 5 years ago

    My dog has dry skin and he wouldn't stop scratching the dry skin really irritated him so I tried, fried pork fat,  once the fat has dripped and cooled wear  gloves and rub the fat all over the area of the dry skin this will reduce or stop the itchiness

    1. Craeft profile image81
      Craeftposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      There are a few reasons this is a VERY bad idea. Not the least of which is the fact that the dog will want to lick it off and ultimately end up with a hotspot. Then you have a new problem on your hands.

      Also, it's bad for their coat.

  10. LCDWriter profile image94
    LCDWriterposted 5 years ago

    How to help your dog get relief from dry skin, itching and flakes. read more

  11. Craeft profile image81
    Craeftposted 5 years ago

    Get hypo-allergenic shampoo and mix with over-cooked mushy oatmeal.
    Bathe once a week and you'll notice a difference within a month. Then bathe no more than once a month or so using the same method. The reason for the initial treatment once a week is to get the effects worked in. Then you want them to maintain their own secretions into their coat. This is important to protect them from many things.

    In addition to helping with the skin, you will find their coat softer and shinier.  smile

    If the problem persists, take him to the vet to test for allergies. If it's really bad, they might put him on prednisone for a short time to get it under control and then from there, it's just maintenance.


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