Dog Skin Care
The best shampoo types for dogs with itchy skin.
When it is bath time for your dog but his skin is itchy and flaky, what kind of shampoo should you use?
Your choice is extremely
Keep in mind that both dogs and humans have skin that is covered with a light barrier that is slightly acidic and is designed to protect us from viruses and bacteria in the air. Called the acid mantle, it keeps our skin healthy and hydrated.
Each time we bathe with shampoo, it washes this layer away. Because of that, most shampoos include moisturizers to replace the acid mantle. Otherwise, skin becomes dry and peeling or even itchy and bumpy with hives.
In the world of shampoo advertising, the acid mantle is described as the pH balance of your skin.
What is vital to remember is that human skin and dog skin requires different pH balances to be healthy and hydrated. So if you use
Rule number one
Your dog’s skin may be itchy from other reasons than a pH imbalance. For example, some dogs suffer from allergies that
To treat dry itchy skin and help it restore its balance for your dog, look for shampoos that have hydrocortisone, a steroid medication that reduces inflammation in the skin. Another helpful ingredient is lidocaine which helps to reduce the itch and tackle the inflammation as well.
An oat protein based shampoo is another option for the pet with itchy flaky skin. If they are suffering from allergies, it will be soothing and less likely to irritate them further.