Skin sensitivity can affect any breed, at any age, for a variety of reasons.
Redness, inflammation, hair loss, and sores are all signs of sensitive skin. Watch out if your little friend is scratching or licking more than usual too.
Skin irritation may be a symptom of a range of conditions including allergies, infection, mange, fleas or ticks. Seek advice from a vet if you are unsure.
If you suspect your dog has sensitive skin, here are some things that can help.
Try a grain free diet
Skin irritation is a common sign of food allergy and you may find that changing to a grain free diet quickly leads to improvement. Common food allergens for dogs include wheat, soy, corn, chicken and beef, and preservatives. Try your dog on a bland diet of fish, veggies, and potato/rice and see if the condition improves.
A diet rich in Omega 3 will support healthy skin and boost their immune system. Try adding more oily fish into their diet, or add a spoonful of Omega-3 oil to their main meal.
Use a hypoallergenic shampoo
Regular bathing can increase irritation, and not all grooming products are good for the skin. Avoid harsh shampoos and strong perfumes, and look for a hypoallergenic shampoo that is pH balanced for dogs.
Products containing Aloe Vera will help the healing process. It naturally soothes irritation and reduces redness.
Caution: It is not safe for your dog to ingest Aloe Vera. Avoid using it if they are likely to lick the affected area.
Is sweetie’s collar too tight?
Is the collar too tight? You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers underneath the fastened collar. If you can't then you need to loosen the collar. It is also a good idea to remove the collar indoors to give your sweetie's skin space to breathe.
Use a soft padded collar
If you notice redness or bald patches around your dogs neck, their collar may be to blame. Leather collars are durable, but they are also harsh on the skin. Hard edges, abrasive stitching, and metal studs can all cause irritation. It's like breaking in a new pair of stiff leather boots with bare feet! Our soft padded collars are skin-kind, and designed for comfort.