Did you know that skin problems are the primary reason most people make an veterinary appointment for their dog? You may be surprised but we’re not, because that is exactly why we at Petology do what we do! As professional pet care scientists, we designed our Petology formulas around the unique biological grooming needs of your dog.
We’d thought we’d take an in-depth look at the most common skin issues affecting dogs while also giving you our expertise on which of our specialized Petology skin-care formulas can help with relief and treatment.
In Part One of this skin-related canine blog, we’re going to address itchy skin and in Parts Two and Three, we’ll take a look at dry skin and dull coats.
Nothing is worse than a case of the itches and unfortunately, 40% of all skin-related veterinary appointments for dogs are for itchy skin. If your dog has ever had a bad case of the itches than you know just how miserable and helpless you fell while your beloved pooch is itching, scratching, licking, rubbing, biting, and gnawing on themself. According to PetMD, Pruritus is the medical term used to define a dog's sensation to itch, or the sensation that provokes its desire to scratch, rub, chew, or lick its hair and skin. Pruritus is also an indicator of inflamed skin. And while you might not know the underlying cause, it’s best to start with the basics and begin to simplify and naturalify your dog’s routine care.
Just like humans, dogs have sensitivities to their environment. Not only does it matter what you’re putting in your dog, but it matters what you’re putting on them as well. Chemicals are lurking everywhere, which is why we recommend going as natural as possible. Check out our article, Natural Pet Care: 4 Ways to Improve Your Pet’s Health, for a guide on how to start practicing natural pet care.
As for their itchy skin, start by asking yourself some questions: When did you first notice your dog itching themself incessantly? Did you recently make any changes to your dog’s diet or skin care? Did you switch to a new brand of laundry detergent in your home? Do you remember taking your dog somewhere new before this started? Did he/she have a playdate with a new furry friend recently?
Make some mental notes and then start making some simple changes, one at a time. It’s important to take it slow and be methodical. You don’t want to shock your dog with a bombardment of all things new all at once, which may worsen their condition. But more importantly, it’s critical to start making changes with an ‘elimination mindset’ so that you can make a change, give it some time (a week or so), and then track any changes and/or improvements. If you operate this way, you can easily tell if a change you made has remedied their condition. On the other hand, if you make several modifications at once and you begin to see improvements, you’ll have a difficult time trying to figure out which change you can attribute to the cause and/or treatment. And of course, keep a close eye on your dog, if conditions worsen or if the natural changes you’re making aren’t leading to significant improvement, make an appointment with your trusted local veterinarian.
Petology’s Sensitive Therapeutic Shampoo/Conditioner is a natural and gentle sulfate-free cleansing formula that is packed full of specialized ingredients to help bring your dog relief and healing. Beta glucan provides fast, temporary relief of itching and pain associated with minor skin irritations. In addition to beta glucan, aloe vera helps repair and hydrate the skin, colloidal oatmeal soothes the skin, and essential vitamins bring restoration to the skin cells.
Petology’s Oatmeal Honey Soothing Shampoo/Conditioner which is gentle, natural, sulfate-free, and formulated with soothing ultra-fine colloidal oatmeal. In addition to the anti-irritant nature of oatmeal, the honey helps to relieve inflamed skin, act as a natural antibacterial agent, and provide long term moisturization.
In-between washes we recommend Oatmeal Honey Soothing Daily Spray as a leave-in conditioner designed to soothe, hydrate, and maintain superior coat management. In fact, as the name suggest, Oatmeal Honey Soothing Daily Spray is gentle enough to be used daily! And remember that grooming, and brushing and massaging your dog’s skin stimulates cell growth, and the release of your dog’s natural oils, so don’t be afraid to go for it!
While typical rule of thumb is washing your dog once or twice a month, don’t be afraid to wash more often when you’re treating a skin condition. Your dog’s skin needs moisture and all our products are specially formulated with your dog’s skin in mind. In fact, all Petology® formulas include the following:
And don’t forget that all Petology products are compatible with flea and tick treatments.
And check out Part Two and Part Three where we’ll explore remedies for dry skin and dull coats.
* The articles and information on the Petology Blog are presented for informational purposes only and are not intended as an endorsement of any product. The content offers the reader information and opinions written by our staff, guest authors, and/or veterinarians concerning animal health issues and animal care products. The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian.
Further Reading: https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_multi_pruritus