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your furry best friend suffer from dry, itchy skin? There are all
types of environmental factors that can cause dog's skin dryness and
itching; allergies, fleas, swimming, living outdoors. If your dog has a
clean bill of health from your vet, you can start working
to reducing his symptoms, and offer relief from the constant
scratching. Below are some easy and natural tips that have been proven
Natural Ways to Help Your Dog's Dry Skin
There are many reasons why your dogs' skin
may become dry. For many of these reasons
there are simple home treatments
that can really help!
The first way to treat your best friend's dry skin is to start at the
foundation - your dog's food. Choosing a diet high in protein, Omega-3
and Omega-6 fatty acids can help your buddy's fur grow beautifully,
keeping skin moist and supple. Sometimes the cause of scratchy/
irritated skin can be an allergy to grains (fillers) which are usually
found in lower-end dog foods. Try switching to a primarily meat-based foodand see a difference.
To help heal your dog's dry skin, supplement your dog food with one to
three tablespoons of Flaxseed oil daily for six weeks (amount varies
with the size of your dog). If you see an improvements, cut this dosage
down by a third. Many high-end dog foods already contain Flaxseed and
work to improve your dog's coat. A less expensive alternative to
Flaxseed oil is Salmon or Olive oil - use either of these as you would
the Flaxseed oil. Another dry skin idea: once a week offer your dog a
whole raw egg. Dog's love the taste and their coat's love the protein!
Do not over-bathe your dog. While our furry friends may get into
something stinky once in a while, in general you should not bath him
more than twice a month since bathing strips the fur of necessary oils.
Make sure you use a moisturizing shampoo that contains proteins,
Comfrey for irritation, and vitamins for moisturizing.
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Gently wash your dog, and after bathing, apply a tiny amount of olive
oil over her fur then wrap her in a warm towel to make sure that the
oil soaks in. Never rub your dog with the towel, only pat dry, since
rubbing can further aggravate any dry skin irritation.
If your dog gets wet playing in the pool or getting caught in the
rain, make sure you wipe him dry. Water evaporation from the dog's fur
can cause further skin drying. With wintertime's indoor heat, make sure
you put a humidifier in the room. Doing this allows moist air to
circulate and helps prevents skin from drying out. This is important for dog and human skin alike!
To quickly soothe dry skin, try steeping a cup of chamomile tea,
cooling it, then filling a spray bottle, spritz it all over your dog
for a soothing effect. Remember to follow this up by rubbing dog's dry
spots with some oil for relief of dry skin and paw pads.
skin can be very stressful for both dogs and the people who love them.
It is also something that is relatively easy to treat at home.
Remember that just as your skin needs healthy moisture, so does your
dog's. Use a little oil high in Vitamin E and rub it in with some
tender loving care today!
that if your dog's skin has open wounds he needs a visit to the vet.
Home remedies are not a substitute for quality veterinary care!
deep and sultry scent with hints of floral and greens. Notes of rich
Violet, Cognac and Ylang Ylang envelope you in an opulent feel, while
Jasmine, Neroli and Hibiscus add a lush hint of floral. This lavish
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Essential Oilswork to support
the body’s own healing system with potent medicinal properties. They are easily absorbed by the skin due to
their small molecular size, so only a few drops are needed at a time. A small bottle can last several years when
used in moderation. Essential oils are
not the same as fragrance oils which are synthetic and can contain chemicals
harmful for use on the skin. Essential
oils are always safe and 100% naturally derived.
Essential oils should be
diluted with a carrier oil for use.
Carrier oils can be Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Sunflower, Sesame or
Coconut, to name just a few. The
standard dilution rates are as follows:
DILUTIONS for Massage Oils
For infants and young
.5-1% dilution = 3-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
2.5% dilution = 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
3% dilution = 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
5% dilution = 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
10% dilution = 60 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
Here are the top 5 essential
oils for healing. These are wonderful
oils for those just starting out since they have few contradictions
and can be used for a number of varying conditions.
Lavenderis the most well known of the essential
oils. Due to its antibacterial and
antiviral properties, it is perfect for bites, scrapes and even stings. No carrier oil is required, and can be
applied directly to skin. As a scent,
lavender is perfect for inducing sleep and relaxation. Add a few drops to a bath or put a few drops
on a cotton ball inside your pillow case to help relax and promote sleep.
Eucalyptus is ideal for
colds and coughs, and is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial oil. Using
steaming water to inhale or a vaporizer, Eucalyptus oil can help disinfect
while clearing lungs and nasal passages.
Adding a few drops to a hankie and sniffing throughout the day during
cold season may help prevent a full-blown cold.
Peppermint with its
wonderful cooling properties can help beat a fever. Add a few drops to a carrier oil of your
choice and apply to your neck, chest or back for instant cooling. The scent of peppermint is also beneficial in
fighting nausea or morning sickness.
Combined with Lavender essential oil and applied to the temples, it is
reputed to reduce the pain of headaches and migraines.
Tea tree oil is a powerful anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic oil. Mixing just a few drops with your choice of a
carrier oil helps heal scrapes, bites, cuts, fungal infections,
warts and even dry scalp/dandruff. Tea
Tree can also be a powerful treatment for acne when mixed with aloe or a
carrier oil (Balancing Act Facial Oil Cleanser). Adding Tea Tree to a vaporizer can aid in
loosening chest congestion.
Roman Chamomile, with its beautifully
mild scent, is a potent anti-inflammatory.
Use it to soothe red, inflamed or sensitive acne prone skin. Much more gentle than Tea Tree oil, it is
also a bactericide and can be used on sensitive skin with coconut oil, which is
also an antibacterial oil, to help calm eczema or treat diaper rash.
Once you become acquainted
with these essential oils, you’ll soon want to create your own
combinations. This is simple and fun to
do and the results can be integrated into your home healing treatments, or just
used as an aromatic scent to improve your frame of mind.
Always check with your doctor
when using essential oils on babies/children, during pregnancy or with any conditions that may require medical help.