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Q: Is there lotion for doggy dry skin??

May 4, 2008 | By Boo04736 | 9 answers | Expired: 2265 days ago

I just adopted my pet from the humane society and discovered thatshe may have dry itchy skin, she always scratches her fromt "elbows" any suggestions?? Her vet appt is not until May 9th.

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Silver Dragon Pets N.
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May 18, 2008

Pick up some doggy oatmeal shampoo at your local pet supply store. The oatmeal helps to soothe itchy skin. Sometimes you can find oatmeal and tea-tree oil in the same shampoo - that works best.

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Stephanie B.
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May 18, 2008

Instead of treating the problem with a lotion, you need to find the cause of the problem. Being at the shelter, the dog was probably being fed a mix of poor quality foods. Make sure you are feeding the dog a premium food like Blue Buffalo, Wellness, or Natural Balance; avoid anything made by Pedigree, Iams, Beneful, Science Diet, or Purina. Whenever dogs have itchy skin, allergies, mites, and bad food are the first things that you should look into. You can also try and oatmeal or medicated shampoo on her.

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Kay W.
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May 09, 2008

No there is not a lotion but there is a spray that you can get from your vets office that can help. If they do truly have itchy skin you can give them fish oil caps & vitamin E caps. I have lots of experience from my job (Vets office) so this is what I would recommend. I know if you bathe them too often it only makes it worse....once a month unless recommended by you vet. You can also try a different kind of dog food that is high in Omega 3 or sensitive skin. Are you sure your pet doesn't have skin allergies or allergies just in general? That could be a factor as well. Hope this helped!!!

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Petpal110
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May 08, 2008

Derm Caps. Or any good quality Omega Fatty Acid Supplement derived preferably from Salmon. Dry skin most often needs to be treated from the inside out, unless you are dealing with allergies or some other medical problem. Your vet will be able to tell you most but in the meantime the Derm Caps certainly can't hurt.

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Kayleigh
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May 06, 2008

they definitely make shampoos that help and may be necessary depending on how bad the dry skin is. in the meantime, you might want to try mixing an egg with her food. if it doesn't completely eliminate your problem, it should help. my dogs started getting dry skin when we moved to the mountains. mixing in the egg every once in a while definitely helps!
also, as strange as it may sound, don't give too many baths. this can actually make it worse. maybe it just seemed weird to me...

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May 06, 2008

Something you might want to try is mixing some milk and eggs whipped together, soak your dog's coat with it for about ten minutes. Don't shampoo it off, just rinse the coat. Do this a couple of times, and supplement this with some warm olive oil massaged into his coat. You will see a difference, and not just in your wallet!

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Lauren D.
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May 06, 2008

Dermaplex is a good shampoo for dry skin, you can also use any oatmeal shampoo. Try not to wash a dog w/ dry skin too often as this strips the natural oils that lubricate the skin & coat. Your best bet is not a lotion, which will quickly be licked off, but a supplement like Missing Link and a good food formulated for skin and coat. These are usually high in oils like flax & fish oil and often contain salmon, Nutro makes a good one. Get a soft brush and brush often, starting down the back of the neck, where the oils build up, to help distribute them throughout the rest of the coat. Hope this helps.

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Marta J.
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May 05, 2008

After you do all the other things suggested you can also use Keri oil after her bath. It's not real greasy unless you use too much, but it absorbs in a day or two. Just mix some in water and use as a final rinse and leave on or in a spray bottle inbetween baths. I use it for my dogs in the winter when everbody gets dry skin (like me) and in the summer because they swim almost everday and get rinsed off after.

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Jill R.
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May 05, 2008

You could try using a conditioning shampoo for her fur and there are also special doggie balms for dry paws and elbow pads. However, seeing your vet is a good idea. You need to make sure there isn't something medical wrong with her that is making her have dry skin. Your vet may also recommend a supplement or change to a premium food. Nutrition is important for healthy skin.

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