Three Secrets to Combatting Your Dog's Winter Itch

by Maggie Marton February 01, 2017

Three Secrets to Combatting Your Dog's Winter Itch

Dry, flaky skin is the worst. You know how much it bugs you, and the same goes for your dog. Winter itch is uncomfortable with tight, inflamed skin that flakes. Plus, your pup is at risk of scratching open her skin, which can lead to infection.

Combat your dog’s winter itch with three super simple steps:

Bathe with the Right Products.
Ever heard that bathing your dog will dry out their skin and coat? It's true that most shampoos will strip natural oils out of your dog's coat leaving their skin dry and itchy. But if you have the right products, you could bathe your dog every day!

Not to get too salesy or anything, but one example of a shampoos and conditioners you can use all year long is our line of Coature products. These Evening Primrose products feature a revolutionary formula that suspends oil in a water-based solution. What does that mean? Every drop of the shampoo replaces the oil in your dog's coat without making it feel heavy, greasy or oily. 

Add Moisture.
No, you can’t share your mango body butter with your dog, but you can help moisturize her skin with a natural, pet-approved products. Spritz on a scented brush spray to keep her skin soft, and brush out loose fur and debris that can make winter itch worse. Or, go straight to the source, and rub in a tiny bit of organic coconut oil onto her dry, flaky spots.

Nourish from the Inside Out.
Functional nutrition--healthy food and purposeful, multitasking treats--goes a long way to combatting winter itch. If your dog is healthy on the inside, her skin is soft and her coat shines. Pick treats and food that contain healthy fats and no junky fillers.

BTW, some dogs with excessively-flaky skin might be fighting an allergy or sensitivity. It’s always smart to check in with your vet to rule out an underlying condition if you’re worried.

Otherwise, it just takes a little TLC and some added functional nutrition to ward off winter itch all season long!



Maggie Marton
Maggie Marton

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Maggie Marton is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at ohmydogblog.com and maggiemarton.com. 



1 Response

James Russell
James Russell

February 16, 2017

Spot on! The cold really can penetrate our little furry friends. Just keep up the healthy habit of using the right products and food. Also, boost the immune system with health supplement. What I am using with my Digo at home is Detoxapet Health Supplement. You can check it here: https://www.detoxapet.com/dog-vitamins-and-supplements/ . I hope this helps anyone in here! (wink)

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