You might notice your German Shepherd scratching a lot during the colder months of the year. Just like people, all dog breeds can develop dry skin due to the colder weather. With a dog it might appear like dandruff where it is dry and flaky. There are ways that you can help your dog by treating against the cold and making it a lot more comfortable for your loving companion.
The first thing you need to do is to find out what the dry skin is from. Make sure that he has no parasites or any kind of skin infection or food allergies. So the best thing to do is take him to the vet to rule out any problems in which would need the assistance of a vet in order to get rid of the problem that your dog is experiencing.
It’s important that you do your best to try and avoid giving your dog a bath or shampoo during the colder months of winter. It’s bad enough to deal with the cold of winter but by washing them you are further drying out their skin by stripping away their natural oils during the bathing process. If you must give your dog a bath it’s important that you do not give him a bath any more than once a month.
It’s a good idea for both you and your dog if you try to keep the inside of your home as humid as you can. Remember that winter air takes away the moisture in your skin and your dogs and it will dry out just like yours so it’s good to try and use humidifiers in your home to help with the dryness that forced heating systems can cause during the times you are running them. By the way, adding a humidifier to your home will also help your entire heating system to work more efficiently as well. So there is a duo purpose and benefit for running a humidifier.
Even if you think it’s a stupid thing to do, you might want to consider buying your dog a sweater or a dog jacket. This is an important thing to do for your dog when you want to take them outside for a walk during the winter. Not only does it give them some extra warmth but it also will help to keep the cold from drying out their skin.
You can also add a supplement to their meals that will help to keep their skin moist and their coat in good condition. You just simply add it to their meals and they will never know the difference but their skin will thank you for it.
Another thing you can do is to add some olive oil to your dogs daily meal. This is good for very dry skin on a dog. You can soak a piece of bread with the oil and just give the bread to your dog as a snack or treat or simply pour a little bit over their daily meal. This is a wonderful way to help get rid of their dry and flaky skin and they will enjoy eating it as well.