How to Keep Your Puppy's Skin Moisturized

by Amy Brantley

Don't bathe your puppy too often.

Dry skin is never something to overlook in a puppy. Causing as much itchiness as fleas, dry skin can cause puppies to scratch at their skin until bloody sores appear. The bad news is your grooming schedule may be to blame. The good news is that you can remedy dry skin without any hassle. With just a few supplies, you can ease the itch and cure your puppy's dry skin.

Step 1

Bathe your puppy only when she's dirty. Bathing a puppy too frequently can quickly dry out her skin by stripping it of the essential oils that keep the skin moist. Only bathe your dog around once per month. If you find yourself having to bathe your dog more often, consider using dry baths instead.

Step 2

Follow the bath with a moisturizer. For dry areas that don't have too much hair, such as the stomach, you can use a moisturizer. Olive oil makes a great moisturizer because you don't have to worry about it being toxic. Just place some olive oil on your fingertips and rub the dry area of skin.

Step 3

Brush the fur to remove dead hair and dander. Dead hair and dander can clog up the pores, preventing essential oils from coating the skin. Brush your dog daily to remove any loose hair.

Step 4

Feed your puppy a high-quality dog food. Poor quality food can often be the cause of dry skin. This is because low-quality food doesn't contain the proper nutrients puppies need. A good quality food should contain both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to not only keep your dog's heart safe, but to improve skin moisture.

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