What to Do if Your Dog Has Irritated Skin?
It’s no fun to see your furry friend suffer from itchy, irritated skin. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help soothe your dog’s skin and provide relief. Here are some tips.
Check for fleas and ticks. Flea and tick bites can cause irritation, so it’s important to check your dog for these pests regularly. If you do find fleas or ticks, be sure to remove them immediately and treat your dog with a pest control product.
Bathe your dog regularly. Dogs need to be bathed about once a week to remove dirt, oils, and other potential irritants from their fur. Be sure to use a mild hypoallergenic shampoo that won’t further irritate your dog’s skin.
Brush your dog’s fur. Brushing not only helps remove loose hair and dirt, but it also helps distribute the natural oils in your dog’s fur, which can help soothe irritated skin. Be sure to brush gently, especially if your dog’s skin is already inflamed.
Moisturize your dog’s fur. Just like our skin, dogs’ skin can benefit from some extra moisture. Use a hypoallergenic lotion or cream on your dog’s fur after bathing to help keep their skin hydrated and healthy. You can also try to use CBD oil (will CBD oil for dogs work for my pet?).
Change your dog’s diet. Believe it or not, what your dog eats can have an impact on its skin health. If your dog has sensitive skin, talk to your veterinarian about switching to a hypoallergenic food formula that doesn’t contain any potential irritants.
Try an over-the-counter remedy. If you’re unsure of what’s causing your dog’s irritated skin, ask your veterinarian about using an over-the-counter topical cream or spray specifically designed for dogs’ sensitive skin. These products can help soothe irritation and provide relief from itchiness.
Make sure they’re getting enough exercise. Dogs who are cooped up all day are more likely to become anxious and stressed, which can lead to scratching and nibbling at their skin – making the problem worse! Be sure to give your pup plenty of time outside to run around and play so they stay happy and healthy (and don’t start picking at their skin).
Consider giving them an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal has potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe dry, itchy, and irritated skin. Add 1–2 cups of oatmeal to warm bathwater and let your pup soak for 10–15 minutes. Just be sure to rinse them off thoroughly afterward so they don’t end up with sticky fur.
Visit the vet. If home remedies aren’t doing the trick, or if you’re concerned that something more serious may be going on, it’s always best to visit the vet. They’ll be able to properly diagnose the issue and provide you with specific treatment options that will help get your pup back to feeling itself again in no time!
If your pup is dealing with some sensitive skin issues, try out some of these tips to get them back to feeling comfortable again. And if things still don’t seem to be improving, don’t hesitate to give your vet a call – he’ll know exactly what to do!