Flaky skin is especially obvious if your dog has darker colored fur.
If you think your dog has dry skin, consult your vet. My friend tried to treat her dog’s dry skin with some over-the-counter pet product and it just caused her dog’s skin to turn scabby and itchy. Her vet informed her the dry skin was probably due to allergies.
Perhaps the best dog dry skin remedy you can try at home is adding olive oil to your dog’s dry food. This trick was recommended to my friend by her vet. Adding olive oil to your dog’s food 2 to 3 times a week will help make your dog’s coat shiny and flake free. This seems to work well for most dogs.
There are a few other home remedies for treating a dog’s dry skin worth considering, as well. For example, 3 great ways to treat your dog’s dry skin at home are:
- Increase humidity in the air – Just like with humans, dry air during the winter can cause dry skin in dogs. Add a humidifier in the room that your dog spends most of his time in. You can also put your dog in the bathroom and run a hot steamy shower. This acts like an on-the-spot humidifier.
- Try natural food additives - Try adding a little olive oil, fish oil or another source of omega 3 fatty acids. Do not add too much. And only do this a couple of times each week. This should help with your dog’s dry skin.
- Apply natural topical oils – For really bad cases, a dog dry skin remedy that works well is to massage a little olive oil directly onto your dog’s skin once a day.
Just remember to consult your vet first before trying any at home remedy (because your vet may know of other issues that could be causing your dog’s dry skin).