The Dog Stop’s Solutions to your Pup’s Dry Winter Skin

Like their human parent counterparts, dogs also face skin issues during winter. Dry winter air and cold temperatures can cause your pup’s skin to become dry and flaky. The Dog Stop offers these relatively easy solutions to stop the constant scratching and get your pup’s skin healthy. The regime is not unlike what we would do to get our own skin healthy during the colder months. A little extra TLC goes a long way.

Hydration:
One of the most important things you can do is ensure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water throughout the day. An automatic water dispenser is well worth the investment. Daily Paws ranked this particular one the “Best Overall.” Remember to check it often to ensure it’s full, and the bowl is clean.

Humidifier:
A humidifier can help relieve skin discomfort by adding moisture back into the air and preventing your dog’s skin from drying out. It also helps reduce static electricity in your home, especially for dogs with long fur. Additionally, it can help reduce the amount of shedding during this season and reduce static electricity in your home. Remember to keep it clean and change the filter to avoid mold and bacteria from spreading around your home.

Bathing:
Cut down on bathing, as it can dry your dog’s skin. When bathing your dog, use a shampoo specifically for dogs and their dry skin. This will help keep their coat moisturized. Oatmeal-based shampoos are soothing and effective. You can also use a moisturizing conditioner to further protect their coat from winter dryness.

The Dog Stop only uses the best products in our pet grooming salons and those in our retail stores created for home use. All include the same high-quality ingredients you want in exclusive spa products. Our utmost concern is the dog’s health, safety, welfare, and comfort.

Brushing:
Brushing is a natural moisturizer because it stimulates your dog’s oil-producing glands. Increasing the frequency of brushing while decreasing the frequency of bathing is a great way to keep your pup clean and moisturized throughout the winter.

Omega 3 Supplements and Olive Oil:
Omega 3 supplements can be taken orally or applied topically and have been proven effective in reducing dryness and promoting healthier skin. The oral form can be mixed with your dog’s food or given as a treat, while the topical form is applied directly to the skin. They are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce itching and other forms of discomfort from dryness.

Olive oil is another moisturizing oil that helps to soothe and protect dry skin. Like Omega 3, it can be used topically to moisturize your dog’s skin, but many vets recommend adding one tablespoon of olive oil to your dog’s meals 2-3 times a week.

By taking the necessary steps to protect your dog’s skin from the harsh winter weather, you can ensure that they remain healthy and comfortable all season long.