Dry Skin Lotions for Dogs

By Amanda Jones

Dogs, like people, are prone to getting dry skin, especially after exposure to outdoor weather conditions, flea or tick bites, or poor nutrition, or as a symptom of other diseases. Dry skin may appear raised, scaly or flaky, or the dog may be missing patches of hair. To eliminate all causes of sudden dry skin, be sure to visit your pet's veterinarian. Below is a listing of some over-the-counter and shampoo products that are safe in treating dogs with dry skin.

Vet's Best Topicals and Shampoos

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Vet's Best makes a variety of products for cats and dogs. The Moisture Rich Conditioner is a topical lotion of sage, aloe vera, B-5 and cucumber. The lotion, which can be used after shampooing, is a leave-in conditioner that helps soften brittle coats and moisturizes dry, irritated skin. The product can be purchased online at www.amazon.com

Vet's Best also makes a variety of shampoos. The Oatmeal Medicated Shampoo is to be used only on dogs with scaly or flaky skin. The formula contains a blend of salicylic acid, colloidal oatmeal, tea tree oil, Vitamin B5 and aloe vera, which all work to soothe and moisturize irritated skin. The shampoo has an added bonus of not interfering with topical flea treatment. A 16 oz. bottle can be purchased from Amazon.com for $16.99.

Visit www.vetsbest.com for more information on these products.

Dr. Dog's Skin Care Lotion

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Dr. Dog Skin Care is a topical lotion that contains eucalyptus oil, olive oil, allantoin and methol and is specifically to be used on dogs. All ingredients work to penetrate irritated spots on the skin to kill bacteria, prevent scratching and licking, provide pain relief, and prevent the spread of infection. A small bottle will cost $9.99. See www.doctordog.com for more information.


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Petaseptic topic medication is a clear, stainless ointment that can be used on cats, dogs and other animals. The natural ingredients will not stain fur, furniture or clothing and work to penetrate skin, kill bacteria and prevent the spread of infection. The formula can also be found in a concentrated shampoo. A small amount of shampoo, used weekly, rinses easily and cleans your pet's coat without over-drying. A small bottle of lotion costs $10.95, and a small bottle of shampoo costs $12.95. See www.petaseptic.com for more information.