Skin issues can be a difficult problem for owners during the summer, but these tips can help you prevent them before they start.
Solving your pooch's summer skin issues
June 13, 2012
Over the course of a long summer, you and your pooch will take a variety of trips and other excursions in the great outdoors, which can sometimes put his skin at risk. Just as you can start to experience some skin-related issues during the summer, your pooch is no different and will have to deal with ailments that could put his health and wellness in danger. As the temperatures rise all around the country and you make your summer travel plans, keep the following ailments in mind and know how to prevent them in the process.
1. Sunburns. If you have a dog with a white or thinning coat, chances are, he will be far more susceptible to sunburn than other canines. According to Petside.com, consider investing in doggy sunblock if you and your pooch are going to spend a majority of your time outdoors. Always use a product that is made for the pH level of your dog's skin, as human-grade sunscreen could actually cause a range of potential health problems. Stick with the products that are made for him and you won't have to worry about uncomfortable sunburn.
2. Flea bites. Over the course of the season, your pooch could find himself around other dogs with fleas or in a flea-ridden environment, so if you're not using a monthly flea preventative from Hartz, your dog could be susceptible to flea bites. Some canines are allergic to a flea's saliva that is impacted in the skin with a bite, which can result in dry, itchy and inflamed skin that could be quite painful. Be sure to keep up with your flea and tick prevention to keep these pesky insects from nipping at your dog's skin.
3. Dry skin. If your furry friend suffers from regular bouts of dry skin, there may be a few beneficial changes you can make to improve it. According to PetEducation.com, look into canine vitamins or treats that contain a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients provide a wealth of skin-friendly benefits and can help clear up your pooch's dry skin. If the problem persists, consider making an appointment at the vet to look into a range of topical options that could clear up your dog's problem.
Summer can wreak havoc on your four-legged friend's skin, but planning ahead, knowing common symptoms and how to respond will make a big difference this year.