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How can I tell if my dog has dry skin? How should I treat it?

The dog groomer tells me my dog has dry skin. How can I tell this myself? And how should I treat it?

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afritz afritz
Hello, dogs are just like family and it is very important to make sure that they are well taken care of. I came across a really handy website full of useful resources on how to know if your dog has dry skin. I have attached the link below if you are interested in viewing the link below. Hope this helps!
by afritz afritz
July 2nd, 2010
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This is a great question, there are some very evident signs when skin is dry. Flakiness - when you pet or brush your dog you will see flakes that look like dandruff. Along with flaking, the coat tends to be dry. Visually, the coat may look dull not shiny. Groomers know what they're looking at, you can also ask your veterinarian. By asking your vet, you can rule out a medical condition. Overbathing can cause dry skin too. If the dry skin is not related to a medical condition, using a soothing type of shampoo one with aloe or oatmeal, plus a cooridinating conditioner can help. When you bathe, rinse well beyond the time you think the shampoo is gone. Excess shampoo or not rinsing completely can irritate the skin causing it to become dry. Adding Omega 3/fish oil to your dog's diet helps with dry skin and coat.
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July 2nd, 2010
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