Many Tripawds undergoing chemotherapy report that they experience dry, flaky skin shortly after starting treatments. This condition can be a side-effect of chemotherapy, but as many of us have experienced, dry skin happens for a million other reasons too. The good news is you can do something about it, both inside and out.
Start on the Inside
Andi Brown, author of “The Whole Pet Diet” says that dry foods’ lack of essential fatty acids (good fats) are the culprit.
Symptoms of EFA deficiency or imbalance include itchy, scaly skin, excessively dry hair or hair that falls out in patches, cracked paws, split claws, fatigue, weakness, frequent infections, allergies, hyperactivity, poor digestion and obesity.
Even if you do nothing but add essential fatty acids to your pet’s diet, (regardless of the food you choose), you’ll see miraculous changes in its skin and coat, often in the first five days.
Try her “Recipe for a Beautiful Coat” for fast results:
3 ounces of wild salmon oil
1 ounce of extra virgin olive oil
1 ounce of cod liver oil
1 ounce of wheat germ oil
1 ounce of coconut oil
1 ounce of flaxseed oil
1 inch sprig of rosemary, or ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse for 30 seconds. Pour into a dark or opaque glass bottle or jar and seal tightly. Store in the refrigerator for freshness where it will keep for about 2 months. Serving sizes are based on body weight; use the dosage recommended below and thoroughly mix it into your pet’s food at every meal.
Pet’s Weight- Amount of EFA Blend
2 to 11 pounds – ½ teaspoon
12 to 25 pounds – 1 teaspoon
26 to 50 pounds – 2 teaspoons
51 to 100 pounds – 1 tablespoon
Finish on the Outside
Whether your three-legged hero is a dog or cat, here are two topical solutions that can help alleviate dry itch skin in cats and dogs..
Virbac Humilac Spray
This lanolin-free dry skin conditioner contains an oil-free humectant. It is specially formulated to help soothe dry skin and restore luster to the hair coat without leaving a greasy or oily film.
Virbac Keratolux Shampoo
A unique shampoo that helps improve skin health and manage signs associated with keratoseborrheic disorders, such as scales, crusts, and excessive oils.
Do you have other dry skin tips for cats and dogs? If so, what products and foods helped overcome this pesky stuation? Share your answers below or in the Tripawds Eating Healthy Forum, we’d love to hear them!