Or Maybe It’s Dry Skin

Dry skinDry skin in dogs is a condition also known as dermatosis. It is characterized by a dull coat, flaking skin, and itchiness. Dogs with this condition may also have skin that is red and irritated.

Dry skin in dogs is a common condition that can have a number of different causes. The most common cause is a lack of moisture in the skin. This can be due to environmental factors, such as low humidity, or it can be a result of certain health conditions, such as allergies.

Dry skin can be a nuisance for both dogs and their owners. It can lead to itchiness, redness, and scaling. In severe cases, it can even cause secondary bacterial or fungal infections. The good news is that dry skin is usually treatable with a combination of lifestyle changes and medical intervention.

Causes of Dog Dry Skin

1. Environmental Factors: Cold, dry weather and low humidity can cause dry skin in dogs to flake and itch.

2. Natural Aging: As dogs age, their skin becomes less elastic and dryness becomes more common.

3. Nutritional Issues: A poor diet that lacks the essential fatty acids needed for healthy skin can cause dryness and flakiness.

4. Parasites: Fleas and ticks can cause innumerable problems in dogs, including dry skin and itching.

5. Allergies: Just like humans, dogs can have allergies to things in their environment such as pollen, dust or other allergens.

6. Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, Cushing’s disease or autoimmune disease can cause dry skin in dogs.

Symptoms of Your Dog Having Dry Skin

1. Itchiness

2. Flaking and scaling of the skin

3. Redness

4. Dull coat

5. Hair loss

6. Sores or scabs

7. Secondary bacterial or fungal infections

Prevention of Dry Skin in Dogs

1. Regular grooming to remove dead skin cells

2. Feeding quality dog food that is high in essential fatty acids

3. Supplying plenty of water for hydration

4. Avoiding harsh soaps and shampoos

5. Using a humidifier in the home during the winter months

6. Regular vet check-ups to Whitworth Animal Clinic to catch any underlying medical conditions early

Treatment of Dry Skin in Dogs

1. Medicated shampoos to help moisturize the skin

2. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements to promote healthy skin and coat

3. Prescription medication or allergy shots for dogs with underlying medical conditions or allergies

4. Topical treatments, such as creams or sprays, to relieve itching and help heal any sores or scabs

5. Antibiotics or antifungal medications to treat any secondary infections that may have developed.


If your dog frequently suffers from dry skin, it’s important to find out what the underlying cause may be. Dr. Charles Whitworth can determine the cause of your pets dry skin and offer a solution to treat the ailment. By addressing the root cause, you can help prevent future flare-ups and promote overall skin health for your furry companion.