Guest Post: Skin Treatment for Dogs
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post that I requested because Emmett has been suffering from skin issues lately. Hopefully this info can help anyone else who has a dog suffering from the same skin conditions!
Many dog owners don’t often think about their dog’s skin, focusing mostly on the grooming needs of their pet’s fur. However, dog skin is subject to a range of conditions that can reflect his overall health and cause him to suffer. Learning more about skin conditions and skin treatments for dogs is a key part of being a good dog owner and taking care of your animal companion.
Common Causes of Skin Conditions
A dog’s skin can tell a lot about his health, and learning what kinds of afflictions your dog might suffer from goes a long way in how you can treat him. Here are just a few of the most common skin ailments that dogs can have:
- Bug bites
- Heat rash
- Food allergies, often eggs, wheat or soy
- Hot spots
- Dry skin
- Breed conditions, like schnauzer bumps
- Poor food quality
- Environmental pollutants, like sprays or pesticides
Many dog owners rush to the veterinarian at the first sign of a skin condition. Many of these conditions require veterinary care, but if your vet has ruled out a serious condition, consider some home remedies as a skin treatment for dogs.
Here are 3 popular home remedies that many dog owners report as working effectively to relieve their dogs of skin irritation and minor skin conditions.
Treatment #1: Medicated Baths
An oatmeal bath works well for both humans and dogs. Take 2 cups of oats and blend it to a fine powder. Add to warm water in the bathtub and allow your dog to soak in the treated water for about 10 minutes. Do this one to two times per week.
Treatment #2. Healthy Skin Supplements
Your dog’s skin may be suffering from a lack of nutrients, so a healthy blend of supplements can restore his skin to full health. You can purchase tablets of brewer’s yeast at your local pet store, or get the powdered form and add it to his food. Other supplements that may help are omega-3 fatty acids to help skin stay healthy.
Tip #3. Spot Treatments
If your dog’s skin irritation is localized, like a bug bite, consider treating the area with a concoction of skin-soothing ingredients. Use a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel, aloe vera or apple cider vinegar. Hold the cotton ball directly on the skin for several minutes. You could also put the ingredient in a small spray bottle and keep the area damp to bring relief.
Part of being a good dog owner is looking out for your companion’s health and wellness. Because dogs don’t have the ability to tell us when something is bothering them, like a skin condition, it’s up to you as the owner to keep a close eye out for any skin conditions that may be affecting your pet’s health or may be appearing as a result of a health issue.
Ryean Bishop is a freelance writer who specializes in pet care, pet products and pet behavior. Seeking a Pocatello vet for your pet care needs? Check out Bannock Animal Medical Center.
Does your dog suffer from any skin irritations? Have you tried any of the treatments suggested here?