By Tanya from Boyers, PA
Dawn "cuts the grease", and also gets rid of the natural oils on the animal's skin and coat. So, it is not a good idea to use on an animal with dry skin. There are many reasons why your dog has dry skin. Perhaps the food needs to be changed / improved. Some dogs need a better quality food than what is usually found in a grocery store. Sometimes the addition of a supplement (doggie vitamin, either general or specifically for the coat) will help. Using a natural bristle brush to help spread the coat and skin's natural oil and stimulate the production of natural oils may help. Sometimes with breeds like Labs, people don't think they need to be groomed often, but in the case of dry skin and coat, it may help to do just that. If none of these work, it could be an allergy (to something in the food, to something in the environment, or something in the home, i.e. cleaning products, etc.). I would start with the food and additional brushing, and if still no improvement, check with the vet (about allergies, or what else it might be).
We had a dog once with terribly dry skin and dandruff. The vet had us bathing him with a special shampoo. It did no good however because the problem, we found out much later, was that he had diabetes. Veterinary care has come a long way in the last 25 years. I would start with a through checkup at the vet.
Hi, we like dog baths with a small amount of Epsom salt and olive oil. It only takes a small amount and it seems to help and does not leave them feeling oily either. Good food helps from the inside and that is the best place to start.
Improve diet. Raw diet best but no grocery store pet food. Specialty store but no corn. wheat or soy (Causes allergy) Few supplements (like raw flax oil) no vaccines good unsweetened yogurt with ophiluses in it. Borax in carpet for fleas, bathe in oatmeal soap until skin improves. Sometimes if there is no improvement, thyroid needs checked.
I highly doubt it, because Dawn is best-known for its grease-cutting capabilities. It will only make skin drier.
Ask your vet what he/she recommends to help your dog's dry skin. There are probably over-the-counter remedies available at a nearby pet store.
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