Dogs are active creatures. They have a tendency to get into everything and will happily race through grass, mud, bushes and water simply for the joy of it.
However, that can lead to problems with dry skin and itching, which can become very painful if left untreated.
So, what should you do if your dog suffers from dry, itchy skin?
How to Spot Dog Dry Skin Problems
If your pup is suffering from dry skin, it should be fairly obvious as you will notice flaking and dandruff in their fur.
Additionally, they will be visibly scratching and rubbing themselves on things in order to relive the itching.
If the problem persists without treatment, your dog may start to lose their fur as they continually scratch at their skin.
What causes dry skin in dogs?
Typically, the cause of dry skin in dogs is a lack of natural oils that help them to retain moisture.
Humans are the same - if you suffer from a lack of these natural oils, your skin is less lubricated and becomes dry, itching and prone to breakage and chafing.
How to treat your dog's dry skin
For immediate relief, using a specially formulated dog shampoo designed to treat dandruff will help alleviate your dog's symptoms and ease their need to scratch.
For long term treatment, you need to help your dog replace the natural oils they are losing through their skin.
Linoleic Acid (LA for short) is part of your dog's natural defence against dry skin and is found in Omega 6 oil.
This comes from natural seed oils such as Evening Primrose Oil, Golden Flax and Starflower oil.
However, as your dog is not able to produce this oil naturally, it is important to give them a supplement that can if they suffer from dry skin.
Yumega is a natural omega 3 & 6 food supplement made from Golden Flax and Starflower, and can improve the condition of your dog's skin condition in as little as 3 - 6 weeks.
Alongside using medicated shampoo, this is a simple and effective way to help treat your dog's skin problems and leave them free to enjoy racing through life once more!