Home remedies for dry skin in dogs


Early this year, I discovered some hairy clumps on my German Shepherd, and I noticed he was scratching more frequently than normal. Dogs scratch and lick themselves clean frequently. But there is scratching, and then there is scratching. This one was the kind where you go after an itch to the exclusion of all other activities.

I took him to the grooming, and while much of the hair smoothed out, the roughness around the area of his clumps did not go away. And he kept scratching. I took him to the Vet.

The vet diagnosed dry skin and possibly allergies.Dry skin is a problem many dogs face, especially as the weather cools down and starts becoming dry. Deprived of much needed oil and moisture, the skin dries up, causing itching and in some cases, sores.

I put him on some immediate home remedies.

1) Fish Oil and Omega 3: The quickest and the most effective way to fight dry skin in dogs is fish oil. I gave them 1000mg/per 100 lbs per day for first six weeks. Then I reduced it to one 500mg capsule a day. Now I feed him 1000mg capsule once a week on a regular basis. Omega 3 continued: I got flax seeds, ground them and added it to their food, mixing it with chicken stock, a favorite with both my dogs. Both my dogs are over 100 pounds, so I added 1 tbs for every 25 lbs of their weight.Gradually, I have cut it down to about 1/3rd of that quantity

2) Brush:  Brushed him everyday. It not only got out the clumps, but also helped in blood circulation, and to get rid of dead skin, the biggest source of dry skin.

3) Massage: Massage the area with a combination of olive, coconut and Vitamin E oil in 1:1:1 ratio. Adding 1 capsule of Vitamin E oil to the diet works wonders. Shave the area if needed to access it in hairy dogs.

4) Grooming: Do not over groom your dogs, or give them too frequent baths. But do not ignore the benefits of grooming them either. Bathe them once a month, using a good shampoo that conditions them. Research your shampoo and buy them from health stores or get high quality good brands, preferably recommended by your vet.

5) Herbs and diet: I also have started adding herbs and spices to their diet. I try to buy protein rich dry food – I have found Royal Canine to be the best so far of all that I have used – but I try to cook food for them at least once a week. I find turmeric, sage, green tea, cinnamon, greens like spinach, parsley very effective in getting them the much needed nutrients. To find out much more detailed list of herbs and spices for dogs, please visit this space.

Within 3 months the clumps were gone, and his skin has become soft and moist. With the winter spreading its wings rapidly, it’s time to get the humidifiers out for the fur babies and also make sure they have enough water to slurp on 24/7

If the above mentioned remedies do not help, please take our dogs to the vet. Rule out thyroid or other skin infections, like mange or ring worms.

9 comments for “Home remedies for dry skin in dogs

  1. November 12, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Wow Minnie that’s a really loud Dettol ad that comes on! 😮 Sorry I had to shut it down 🙂

    • November 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      Dettol ad? OMG, where? My webpage? Or the one that I linked? I apologize, there should be no ad whatsoever.

      • November 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        Hi Minnie, it’s the ad just under your search button. Now it’s an ad for Kmart but the Dettol one plays automatically and is quite loud. Just thought you might want to know 🙂

  2. baisali banerjee
    November 12, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    awesome idea ……………. i too have two irish setters in my home and face the same problem with them. therefore i am definately going to follow the idea and hoping to get satisfactory results.

  3. November 13, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    wow. thats really informative.will b useful for our pet my moms place.
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  4. November 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I am not a Dog person or any kind of pets, but my kids and huby loves dog, he had in India big German Shepard , just like yours but 3 times bigger, he died few years back, but we tell stories to kids and they still keep him alive in their memories. As soon they see your dog’s picture, they said is that Raja? that’s what his name was. I said no , but he just look like him.
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  5. November 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Well done Minnie on taking such good care of your dogs. And I love how you treated them naturally instead of with chemicals. I love the photo of your dog by the pool xx
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  6. December 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I agree with the omega 3 suggestion. I’ve noticed that simply adding Lipiderm to the food helps with plain old dry skin.

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