Dogs of all breeds can experience spouts of itchy and dry skin. You may notice periods when your dog’s skin and fur begins to dry, resulting in dandruff and scaly skin. During this time, you may also notice increased shedding and excessive itching. The good news is that there are several medicated and anti-itch shampoos available to help control these issues.
The main two causes of excessively itchy and dry skin, are the condition of the skin itself, and allergy related issues. Firstly, check the condition of your dog’s skin. Is the skin too dry, too oily, or are there any signs of infections or wounds? Secondly, consider your weather conditions and your dog’s diet. Could the itching be related to an allergy caused by the weather conditions, or the food you are using? If your dog is primarily on a dry food diet, you may want to consider introducing a wet food.
When it comes to choosing a shampoo or conditioner, the main ingredient you are looking for is oatmeal, as it eases itchiness with almost immediate effect. Oatmeal also adds moisture back into the skin and coat. Tea tree oil also helps to prevent itching, as it is a natural anti-inflammatory that can reduce irritation. Tea tree oil is also a good preventative of fungal and bacterial infections and can help deter fleas and insects. Another ingredient to look for if you find your dog’s skin is very hot, is Aloe Vera, as it will help to soothe and heal the affected areas. Other notable ingredients include chamomile, omega-3, vitamin E, natural citric acids, and neem. These ingredients can help with shedding, and penetrate the lowermost levels of the skin, cleaning out pores and lifting any allergens.
Once you choose and purchase a shampoo and conditioner, routine bathing is recommended to insure your dog’s skin and coat regains its moisture. You should notice the skin and coat becoming softer with a healthy glow. If you require something to help in-between washes, there are also anti-itch sprays and gels available on the market. After a few weeks use, if you are finding your dog’s skin has not healed, you should seek medical advice, as the issues may be caused by an underlying medical issue.