Does your dog suffer from dry skin? Although it is more common in the winter when humidity levels are low, dogs can have dry skin problems any time of the year. I have found that organic coconut oil is an excellent product to use, and it's extremely safe to use directly on your dog's skin. If your dog would lick it off, it wouldn't hurt him. Since coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is affected by air temperature. When it is cold, it tends to be solid, the warmer it is, the more liquid form it takes. Massage into your dogs skin one to two times a day, depending on the severity of the dryness.
Does your dog suffer from itchy skin? There are many reasons dogs scratch. Usually allergies (many different kinds) are the main cause. It could be a hot spot, a flea bite, lots of things. A good first step is to work internally; using a fish oil supplement. Products with Omega 3, 6 and 9 in it are good to help keep the coat moisturized from the inside out. These can be squeezed from the soft capsule onto your dog's food. Topically, aloe vera gel is very soothing and also not harmful to apply directly on your dog's skin. It can be used from the plant itself or you can purchase it in a vitamin or health food store. Aubrey Organics has a good product out that does not contain a bunch of added unnecessary stuff. I always look for the least amount of ingredients on a product, and an ingredient list that has words I can actually pronounce!
Calendula is also an excellent choice. I will be writing a separate blog on this in the near future. Remember, a healthy dog is a happy dog! Keep yours in top shape by catching skin problems early so it does not become a major issue.