No one likes dry, itchy skin, and that goes for dogs too

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The majority of dog skin problems, ranging from dry itchy skin, to hot spots, to severe infections are typically a result of weak and damaged outer skin membranes and skin cells. This weak and depleted skin is unable to stay healthy and protect itself against skin problems. So why do seemingly healthy dogs have this unhealthy skin (referred to as skin allergies)?
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Allergies are a common cause of itchy and stinky dog syndrome (not a real thing; I made that term up) and may cause either oily or dry skin. You’ll see lots of licking, scratching, biting. Like people, dogs can be allergic to food, environmental agents, fleas/flea dirt, and allergies can be exacerbated by poor diet or even poor probiotic bacteria levels. Poor diet and gut issues worsen environmental allergies too. Some dogs may also be allergic to detergents, shampoos, or topical flea meds. Other common allergy symptoms include runny eyes, ear infections, chronic diarrhea, and itchy ears. Dog Dry Skin – How To Bathe A Dog With Dry, Itchy Skin | Dog Dry Skin…
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Or Allergies?
Another common cause of itchy skin is allergies. Allergies may make your dog’s skin dry, greasy, or slightly dry and oily, and are accompanied by frequent scratching, licking or chewing. We are seeing significantly more cases of allergic dogs than we have in the past; many veterinarians believe that we are experiencing an “allergy epidemic.” While the reasons for this allergy epidemic are uncertain, some of the theories put forth include the aggressive vaccination protocols that many dogs have been subjected to, poor breeding practices and the feeding of processed pet foods.Does your pup have an itch he just can't scratch? Is watching him drag himself back and forth across your carpet, desperately trying to make it stop, driving you both bananas? According to Dr. Emily Rothstein of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, the most common causes of dry, itchy skin are flea allergies, environmental allergies (like pollens and house dust) and food allergies. Certain breeds, like Retrievers, Setters, and Terries, are more affected, but all dogs are potentially prone. Thankfully there are natural, effective solutions that will have you both sighing with relief.Aloe vera extract brings immediate relief to flea and bug bites and helps relieve the itching of dry, flaky skin. It contains mineral, enzymes, and proteins that help soften the skin and coat of your dog. This organic product is used in human medicine for burn relief, both in minor sunburn pain, and in more serious, deeper skin burns.

Vervain, valerian, skullcap, and wild lettuce
A combination of these organics reduces restlessness, treats anxiety, calms your dog’s nerves, and acts as a natural sedative and sleep aid during time of stress. The perfect tonic for a restless animal with dry, itchy skin, a drop of these all-natural ingredients on your dog’s food or tongue can quell her nerves and give the whole family a peaceful night’s sleep. You can buy it all bottled-up as well. Check out Sleepytime Tonic.It stands to reason that the body cannot always keep up the necessary balance of chemicals, oils and bacteria the skin needs to stay soft, flexible and comfortable, and the common result is dry, itchy, flaking skin. What is true for human skin is often true for animal skin, as well, and many of the same remedies are useful for both preventing and treating skin problems in dogs.