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Help for Your Yorkie's Dry Skin

January 15th, 2010 · 5 Comments

We don't like the cold mommy!

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TODAY’S TIDBIT:  Winter has just begun and so has my dry and itchy skin!  The harsh Canadian weather has not been kind to me.  If my skin is suffering in this weather, what about my poor little Yorkie’s skin?  Dogs can suffer from dry, flaky skin in the cold winter months. 

To prevent your Yorkie’s skin from getting dry, Boston area veterinarian Dr. Michael Levine suggests, “Avoid frequent bathing for dogs and small animals. During the dry, cold winter months, pets should only get a once-monthly bath.”  We use a shampoo with oatmeal or aloe to help soothe the skin.

Your vet may prescribe an Omega-3 fatty acid vitamin supplement for your Yorkie. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids.  Veterinarian Dr. Holly Nash, from Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supply Company says, “For many years, pet owners have given fatty acids to their dogs and cats to change a dull, dry hair coat into a more glossy one.”

Springtime can’t come fast enough for me!  Join us again on Monday for TODAY’S TIDBIT.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • Sarah // Mar 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Omega 3 supplements can be such a great help for dry skin! You can get many over-the-counter kinds made specifically for dogs without a prescription.

    In addition to helping your Yorkie’s skin from the inside with an Omega 3 supplement, using a good shampoo and conditioner can make a big difference. Yorkie Splash and Shine are an organic, vegan Yorkie shampoo and conditioner that help repair the skin and preserve the skin’s natural oils. I have heard a lot of great things from owners of Yorkies with dry and sensitive skin!

  • Kathryn // Mar 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Sarah, yes Omega 3 supplements do help the skin. And the shampoo you recommend sounds awesome. We’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing. Kathryn

  • sink web » Yorkie with Dry Flaky Skin // Nov 3, 2010 at 8:19 am

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  • illa hunt // Sep 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    what can i do? help my yorky is dry flaky and red from itching and scratches. I HAVE tried so many things. hep give some info

  • Kathryn // Oct 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Hi Illa, have you taken your Yorkie to see the Vet? Sometimes dry, flaky and itchy skin can be caused by a food allergy or sensitivity to shampoo. Your Yorkie could have a type of dermatitis or “hot spot”. Please visit your vet because you don’t want your Yorkie scratching and biting his skin because the area can become infected and you certainly don’t want that to happen. Fleas and mites can also cause itching. Just wondering what medication your vet has prescribed for preventing fleas on your Yorkie?