Natural Pet Soap: A Soothing Solution for Dry Skin Conditions in Dogs
Posted on September 05 2016
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There are more than 160 different skin conditions affecting dogs, some of which are harder to treat than others. Like humans, dogs can suffer from irritated skin, often as a result of allergens or other irritants they come into contact with; natural pet soap can help soothe itchy and dry skin conditions.
It’s sometimes difficult to know why your dog suddenly seems to be scratching – fleas and other parasites are a common culprit for itchiness but, if your dog is still scratching after being treated for fleas, it might be time to take extra measures to understand the root of the problem.
Itching is the second most common reason for a trip to see the vet with your dog. During a consultation, your veterinarian will check over your pet and ask questions about how often he or she scratches, if they’re shedding more than usual and whether your dog is causing damage to their skin by scratching constantly.
The vet may diagnose your dog with dry skin, especially if your pet’s coat seems dry and dandruff is clearly visible. A number of elements can affect your dog’s skin, including the humidity of the area you live in, your pet’s diet and what you use to clean their coat. Dry foods can be dehydrating, and some ingredients in pet food are known to irritate the skin. Your vet may suggest you change to a different brand of dog food and swap out the products you use to wash your pet for less irritating alternatives.
Pet soap and shampoo made with natural ingredients can be a soothing solution for your dog’s dry skin; Soap.Club has a line of specially-formulated pet grooming products that provide gentle cleansing and deodorization without irritating your dog’s skin. There are many benefits to choosing natural pet grooming products – here are our top picks.
The chemicals in pet grooming products can sometimes irritate your pet, especially if they suffer from dry, itchy skin. Artificial ingredients may cause your dog to become itchier than usual, or make their dry skin worse – the same is also true of some bath and body products manufactured for humans. The solution is often to find a natural pet soap or shampoo made with ingredients derived from nature. Be sure to check the label though, some pet grooming products labeled as natural are perhaps not as natural as you might think.
Many natural pet shampoos and soaps are infused with essential oils for a great scent; a beneficial side-effect of these oils is that they often help repel parasites like fleas. Essential oils like lavender, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, citronella and eucalyptus are all known flea repellents, so see if your natural pet products contain any of these naturally aromatic oils. Of course, it’s always advisable to maintain an effective flea control treatment schedule alongside use of these natural products.
Commercial dog grooming products are often manufactured with artificial moisturizing ingredients, which aren’t always of the highest quality and can irritate your pet’s skin or even cause an allergic reaction. With a natural product like pet soap, your dog can benefit from the rich nourishment of plant oils like sunflower oil and soybean protein, and you can be rest assured that they won’t suffer the ill-effects of unnatural ingredients. The essential oils added to natural dog shampoos and soaps, meanwhile, act like a conditioner for your pet’s coat, nourishing each strand of hair from root to tip and adding a silky sheen for a healthier appearance.
Soothing botanical extracts
In addition to being made from naturally-moisturizing plant oils, pet care products derived from nature also often contain botanical extracts, added to products like pet soap and shampoo to help soothe your dog’s skin. Chamomile is a common natural addition to pet products, renowned for its skin-calming properties, while aloe vera is another popular ingredient for its cooling effect, which helps soothe dry or irritated skin. Arnica is also frequently added to high-quality natural pet products – this extract is naturally antiseptic and fungicidal.
Natural pet grooming products are designed to be gentle on your dog’s skin, causing zero irritation. An added bonus of this sort of product is that it’s also gentle on the rest of your dog’s body; we all know the stinging sensation of getting shampoo in our eyes, but with a natural alternative, discomfort during washing is minimized. Many of the best-quality natural pet grooming products are tearless, keeping your dog happier during bath-time for a less stressful experience all-round.
Extra top tips
As well as switching your pet grooming products to a natural range of dog shampoo or soap, there are other ways to help relieve your pet’s itchy skin:
• After bathing your dog, consider letting your pet’s coat dry naturally rather than using a hairdryer. If you must blow-dry your dog’s coat, switch the heat setting down a notch to avoid drying out their skin.
• Consider switching your dried pet food to a wet alternative, or mixing the two types to provide more water in your dog’s diet.
• Digestive enzymes (probiotic bacteria) can be added to meals to help manage dry skin conditions related to allergies.
• If you send your dog to the groomers, check which products they use to wash and condition your pet’s coat – some products can be irritating to dogs’ skin, so it might be an idea to take your own natural pet grooming products from home and ask the groomer to use those instead.
• Add fresh oils or supplements to your dog’s food to replenish their natural oils and condition their skin and coat. These may include flax seed oil, spirulina and alfalfa.
As with any pet health condition, you should always consult your vet if you’re worried about your pet’s well-being, or before making any significant changes to their diet. Invest in the best-quality natural pet soap, hypoallergenic conditioners and more from the experts at Soap.Club.
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