As the temperatures finally start to rise we thought we would focus on a common health concern among our canine companions that we often see in the warmer months - skin conditions.
So first up, how do I identify a skin problem? Keep an eye out for dry flaky skin on your dog, if they have longer hair you might need to part it so you can see the skin. Itching and nibbling at paws especially can be tell tail signs as is bald spots and any redness.
Okay so you've identified your Dog is suffering with itchy skin, heres what to do.
Healthy skin is an essential part of a happy Dog, skin problems can cause discomfort and misery in your Dog. Itchiness, flakiness, redness and sores are all common especially in the warmer months but they can be managed to help keep your best friend itch free and happy!
Here's our top tips for to avoiding/reducing itchy skin in your Dogs
Regularly wash your Dogs bedding with an un-scented detergent on a high temperature to remove any allergens.
Giving your Dog a good brush everyday is really important to maintain a healthy skin and coat, even if your Dog is short haired. A good brush helps improve circulation and remove old skin, dirt and dead hair. Regular baths especially after walks during the warmer months using a gentle shampoo to help wash away allergens and dirt.
A good diet avoiding any colourings, additives and synthetic ingredients. This also applies to treats!
The skin is a complex organ with many functions relying on a variety of essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins to keep it in tip top condition. We recommend a combination of herbal pet care from Dorwest Herbs. Green Releaf and Garlic and Fenugreek are a perfect balance to naturally support your Dogs skin form the inside out.
Here are out top picks for helping to soothe your Dogs skin this summer
Its main uses are for the symptomatic relief of arthritis, skin and kidney disorders and as a mild diuretic to aid normal urinary elimination. In arthritic pets, this medicine relieves the pain of arthritis and improves mobility and it can also reduce irritation caused by various skin problems.
Fenugreek has anti-inflammatory properties, and in this medicine it’s complemented by garlic, which as well as having antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-viral properties also contains anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, this licensed herbal medicine is used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis but it can also be used for the symptomatic relief of minor infections, skin conditions and coughs. It can be useful in pets with atopic dermatitis (eczema), or cystitis.
Specially formulated for sensitive skin, this nourishing, natural shampoo for dogs and cats helps to restore, moisturise and rebalance. It combines the soothing and hydrating powers of oatmeal, aloe vera and chamomile extract with the calming properties of lavender essential oil and extract. A neutral pH ensures this shampoo works harmoniously with your pet’s skin and by using no artificial fragrances, SLS or parabens and being free of silicone, mineral oil and PEGs, it's both natural and hypoallergenic. From helping to relieve dry, irritated or flaky skin, to maintaining healthy skin and a glossy coat, this shampoo provides the perfect pamper treat for your pet.
Specially formulated ingredients include lavender and patchouli to promote hydration and nourishment whilst working hard to cleanse and remove any unwanted odours. The results deliver a healthy, scented, shiny coat which you'll be happy to stroke and your dog will be happy to receive.
Skin balm is incredibly versatile and is ideal for problem areas on the skin. It helps to soothe, calm and restore healthy skin. Comfrey herb has moisturising properties, it helps to stimulate cell growth and maintain skin elasticity. It is the perfect herb for bruises and small scrapes. Due to its natural properties Calendula softens the skin, aids skin repair and also helps calm irritation.The last herb infused into the sunflower and jojoba oils is Chamomile, this delicate herb calms tender areas and is ideal for sensitive skin.
Leucillin Antiseptic Skin Care Solution is specially formulated for the health and skincare of your pet, a must have product for any animal owners first aid kit. Leucillin is a fast acting anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal spray. Leucillin is a safe, reliable and affordable infection control solution to combat a wide variety of skincare conditions.
All these products can be used alone or together to help combat itchy skin this summer. Save 10% on all these items online using code SKIN at the checkout.
If you use our in-store Groomers we use all these products, ask a Groomer for more information at your Dogs next appointment.