How to deal with summer skin problems of your dog?
Summer gives you the possibility to have longer walks outdoor with your pooch and to spend some extra time each day spent with your dog enjoying the fresh air. However, in many cases it also means an increase in skin irritations such as shedding, insect bites, dryness etc. Summertime is also a period of increased heat strokes in dogs (learn more here).
Although the warm weather puts shedding and skin irritation at the forefront of your mind, you should take care of your dog’s skin health at all times during the whole year. It is recommended that you talk to your veterinarian about the natural skin and coat formulas available to help your dog look and feel healthier every day. Instead of applying harsh insect repellents or topical moisturizers that might be loaded with synthetic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog’s health, you should consider using safer, natural alternative to promote healthy skin and keep your dog safer all year round.
Most of the dog breeds develop a dual coat in adulthood characterized by an undercoat of thicker, softer hairs beneath a topcoat of coarser, longer hairs. While seasonal shedding is perfectly normal and helps prepare your dog’s coat from one month to the next, excessive shedding may be the result of a lack of certain nutrients in the diet. Make sure you provide your dog with all the necessary elements, such as: essential fatty acids Omega-3, Omega-6 that help the skin to retain moisture, fortify the hair shafts and reduce shedding. This is a good way to keep your dog’s skin in great conditions and also the best way to avoid using commercial shampoos that may damage your dog skin’s natural protective oils.
Summer temperatures that might vary each day and also new plants might bring seasonal allergies. Symptoms depends on each dog and might include: dry skin, excessive licking or chewing, scratching, shaking the head to relieve itchy ears, red, irritated areas of open skin commonly known as hot spots. You can provide your dog with natural daily nutritional supplementation, such as chamomile flower, licorice root, sarsaparilla, white peony and burdock root has been proven to help soothe dry skin and relieve allergy-related itching.
Another summer nightmare for your dogs are the fleas and ticks. You can learn how to deal with them in separate articles here. Remember that natural supplements are always better for your dog in long-time perspective.
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