Dry, sensitive skin is not uncommon during the cold winter months when the temperature outside plummets and the heat inside soars. These seasonal changes create a very dry environment that can be dehydrating and cause skin irritations.
Just like us who moisturize when our skin is dry, dogs will need some extra special treatment during the winter to keep them skin and coat healthy.
What are the signs of winter-related skin conditions in dogs?
You’ll know if your dog has winter-related dandruff if they start scratching a lot and there’s visible flakes in their fur. Other signs include:
- Excess dander
- Scratching at the skin
- Flaky, irritated skin
- Sometimes dry, cracked paws
How to treat dog dand-ruff!
One of the best things you can do for your dog is to get them a winter coat to keep them warm. The cold can dry and chap skin quicker than anything.
Also, if your house is very dry, consider buying a humidifier or ionizer to moisten the air.
If your dog has excessive dander, try these tips:
- Make sure you’re giving your dog a good brush every day. This helps reduce bacterial buildup, slough off dead hair, and keep their coat shiny and well-conditioned.
- Get a high quality dander shampoo and bathe your dog with warm water. Make sure you’re not grooming your dog too much as shampoo can dry out their skin.
- Buy a high quality dog food with Omega-3 fish oils for skin sensitivity and shine.
- Provide a fresh supply of cold water for your dog every day. They won’t drink it if it’s warm and been sitting there all day.
If your dog’s excessive dander doesn’t improve, pay a visit to your veterinarian to rule out allergies, mites, or certain conditions like Cushing’s disease.
You can also treat your dog’s paws with vaseline or special balm to keep them from getting chapped outside in the cold.
If you notice excessive dander on your dog’s coat during the colder months, try changing their diet to one rich in fish oils. Also provide plenty of fresh water, give their coat a good daily grooming, and make sure they get regular exercise without spending too much time outside in minus below temperatures.
by Natalie Secretan