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.
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!