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Just as our skin can feel tight and itchy when the weather gets cold, dogs can experience dry skin in the winter too. Between the cold, the dry air outside, and electric heat inside, your dog’s skin can most likely need some TLC! 

Read on to learn more about how you can help keep your dog’s skin healthy throughout the winter with nutritious foods and ingredients.

🐟 Include healthy fats and oils

A good supply of healthy fats and oils helps prevent dry skin and soothes itchiness and irritation. It can also prevent skin flaking and dandruff. 

Look for nutritious pet foods that contain sources of healthy fats. Beef Meal Bites from healthybud contain herring oil, which can prevent dry skin and itchiness. And healthybud’s Cod Skins treats have omega-3 fatty acids that support healthy skin and coats.

🚰 Keep your dog hydrated

Keeping your dog hydrated, with both water and their food, is a key part of preventing dry skin. Make sure your dog has a constant supply of clean, adequate water available. 

If needed, encourage your dog to drink more water by sprinkling any of our boosters or crumbled cod skins in their water bowl. You can also give homemade pupsicles a try!

💨 Add more moisture to your home

Winter’s cold and dry air can cause dog skin or make it worse. Consider using a humidifier in your home to add more moisture to the air – it could help your skin too! 

Other potential solutions to dry skin, flakiness, or itchiness for your dog’s skin include using a ph-balanced and moisturizing shampoo if needed. If your dog needs treatment for dry spots, look for a moisturizer at the pet store or speak to your vet.

❓ #DYK?

Some of the symptoms of dry skin – itching, flaking, rashes, etc. – are also signs of a different problem. Make sure you rule out other potential causes of skin irritation and dryness, like fleas, allergies, infections, or hypothyroidism. See your vet if your dog’s skin doesn’t improve with treatment or you notice other signs of a health concern.

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Stay healthy, stay happy, stay curious #healthygang! 

Lots of love, 

- The healthybud team 

DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is not meant to replace your vet’s advice or prescribed medications, but only to suggest additional options to explore, based on your dog’s condition.

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