How to treat sensitive skin in dogs

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As with any medical condition, the first port of call should be your vet, to check your dog’s health and diagnose if the sensitive skin is the result of a medical treatment that needs medication. Make sure to keep on top of creepy crawlies that might irritate your dog’s skin, checking regularly for the presence of fleas, ticks or mites. Talk to your vet about the best way to prevent or treat parasite infestations if they should occur. Once the vet has given your pet the all-clear, the question for our furry friends becomes how to cure dogs’ itchy skin.

A visit to the groomers may not be cheap, but good groomers are likely to have seen plenty of skin issues and can advise on how to help get coat and skin back into good condition, and get your dog started back on the journey to healthy skin and a shiny coat. Ensure if you wash your dog at home that you use an appropriate dog shampoo designed for sensitive skin. Be careful not to over-do the washing as that can strip the natural oils from the skin and cause it to become drier – the last thing anyone wants is for their itchy skin treatment for dogs to make matters worse!

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Vitamin E is good for skin, and you can get some from your vet to rub directly on the affected skin if the problem is localised. Other recommendations include coconut oil or olive oil for dogs’ itchy skin.

Feed a high-quality diet with no artificial ingredients or fillers, which contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which are important for skin health. Pure Pet Food contains nothing apart from healthy, human-grade ingredients and is easy to digest, helping your dog to be healthy on the inside so that they can look their best on the outside.