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Winter Skin Protection for Your Dog

September - 28 - 2011

When we say winter, we think about delicate snowflakes, snow fights, cinnamon, Santa, a lot of gifts under the Christmas tree, but also cold weather and… dry skin. While you can easily fix the problem with moisturizers, take into consideration that your dog is dealing with the same annoying winter skin issue. What follows is a list with some tips about the things you can do in order to protect your dog`s winter skin.

  1. Brushing your dog frequently brings a lot of advantages: the dead skin cells are removed, the circulation is stimulated and the production of natural oil increases. All these are key factors in natural moisturizing both for dogs with long and short hair.
  2. Limit the number of baths for your dog during winter, because the natural oils of the skin are affected by bathing. In case you decide to give your pooch a bath, use a moisturizing dog shampoo and conditioner which contains oatmeal, shea butter or lanolin, ingredients able to decrease dryness and prevent itchiness. Avoid using people shampoo, because the PH balance for humans and dogs is different, so your dog`s skin can suffer damages.
  3. The food for your dog during the cold season should contain a lot of Omega-3 and Vitamin E. For example, a source for Vitamin E is mixed tocopherols, and for Omega-3 fish oil and flaxseed oil. It is important to include fish oil in your dog`s diet because it has many positive effects in skin allergies treatment, itching prevention, high cholesterol decrease, arthritis and kidney disease treatment. You can buy liquid fish oil or fish oil capsules and just mix the content with your dog`s food. The Omega-3 supplements provide your dog a better immune system in the attempt to prevent and fight diseases.
  4. Give your dog herbal supplements like fucus, horsetail, spirulina and dandelion. These will help your pet to have a healthy skin and coat. Make sure you have the vet`s approval for any drastic change in his diet, whether it`s about supplements or oils.
  5. In addition to a well balanced diet, ensure that your dog drinks a lot of water so that he will not become dehydrated.
  6. Dress your dog accordingly to the weather outside, because the wind chill factor can have negative effects for its skin. A warm winter coat on your pet before going out to play in the snow is the perfect choice.
  7. Generated heat can cause dry air in your house, so use a room humidifier so that the humidity level to be optimal.
  8. Pay a visit to the vet if you notice that the dry skin problem continues.

After you checked the list above, you and your dog can go out and enjoy the winter without worrying about dry skin anymore.

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