Dogs can have a bout of dry skin too. Although it can be a symptom to a medical condition, dry skin can also occur during the colder months. If this happened to your dog, here is what you can do. Read on to find out.
Common Causes of Dry Skin in Dogs
It is important to figure out the cause of your dog’s dry skin to come up with the best treatment plan. The remedies will only work if you know what’s causing it the first place.
Common in the winter, many dogs will experience dry or flaky skin all throughout their life. It can come and go anytime but it’s most common during the colder months. However, figuring out the cause of dry skin is best determined by your veterinarian. This is because finding out the underlying cause can be hard to do.
Your vet will perform tests and will take a sample of your dog’s skin to properly diagnose the problem. The following are some of the most common cause of dry skin in dogs:
- Food and seasonal allergies
- Fleas – some dogs develop severe allergies due to tick bites
- Skin infections
- Hypersensitivity to grooming products
- Hormonal changes
- Low Humidity which is common in winter
That is why it is very ideal to visit your vet so they can determine the underlying cause of your dog’s dry skin. The causes listed above are some of the common causes of dry skin. But there are still many medical conditions that can contribute to the development of dry skin in dogs.
Why Olive Oil for Dry Skin
I have tried using a humidifier to make our home humid during the cold season. I have stopped itching but my pet’s continued.
When it comes to treating dry skin, there are many recommendations available out there. However, you may not have access to this treatment plan just yet so you might want to look for the available remedy you get your hands to. You can try the extra virgin olive oil.
You can add a few drops of olive oil to his food. In cases, if it doesn’t work, at least your dog is getting more omega 3 fatty acids and polyphenols. But I did try this on my dogs and fortunately, it worked. Her flakes and itchiness are now gone.
As a general rule try adding 5 to 6 drops of olive oil to your dog’s food twice a day. It is not recommended to give your dog more than 6 drops since it may cause diarrhea.
It is best that you go slowly with any new addition especially on your dog’s diet. Although there are no life-threatening conditions occurring if there is too much olive oil in their food, you might want to consider the well-being of your dog.
You can also have the option to apply olive oil directly to your dog’s skin and fur.
Does it Really Work?
According to my experienced, it worked. Olive oil is rich in antioxidant especially vitamin E. It has also be found out that olive oil is also good in keeping your dog’s cardiovascular system healthy.