We all know dry, winter air can wreak havoc on our skin. The low humidity mixed with the cold and wind can be a recipe for flaky, irritated, uncomfortable skin.

What you may not know is it’s having the same effect on your four-legged friends, as what is true for human skin is often true for animal skin. As the temperature drops outside and the heat goes on inside, your pet will suffer the consequences. 

In the winter months, your pet may experience itchy, red, irritated skin that can result in dull and flaky coats, hair loss, and hot spots. 

You can ward off skin irritants by feeding your dog or cat healthy, meat-based food with high-quality ingredients. You may also consider providing supplements rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as herbs that support the coat and immune system.

Fish and flaxseed oils can also help, and adding a probiotic to your pet’s diet will aid in proper nutrient absorption.

Another option to keep your pet’s skin moisturized is coconut oil – which may ingested or used topically. If your pet suffers from hot spots, try an herbal healing salve. 

Also, ensure your pet’s shampoo is formulated for pets and is all-natural, and free of parabens, harsh cleansers and perfumes. 

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pet store if you have questions on this or any pet-related topic.