It’s the time of year for chilly weather, which is often accompanied by dry skin. If you find yourself slathering on the moisturizer, take a look at your pets. They can also suffer when humidity levels within our homes drop once the heat is turned on.
An increase in itching and flakiness can be signs of dry skin in dogs and cats. If these symptoms are severe or accompanied by patchy hair loss or skin lesions (i.e. red, crusty areas or pus-filled “pimples”), dry skin alone is probably not to blame, and you should make an appointment with your veterinarian. But, if your pet seems to be normal other than a little flaking and itching, try these tips to relieve discomfort:
- Use a humidifier–this could benefit both you and your pet!
- Limit bathing your dog or cat to those times when it is absolutely necessary. If you have to give your pet a bath, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
- Add a fatty acid supplement to your pet’s diet. Be aware that results can take a month or two to become evident.
- Apply a topical product like Dermoscent for dogs and cats that helps restore the normal lipid barrier in your pet’s skin.