– A topical spray that targets specific areas can be a good choice. If dry skin is the only sign (no swelling or pain), an all-natural spray that contains soothing and moisturizing ingredients can work well. We recommend Vet’s Best Hot Spot spray (see below). It contains tea tree oil, aloe vera, and chamomile.
– A lotion is great for dry skin; a good one will have maximum absorption to quickly heal and treat. There’s a really fantastic one made by ReQ Organics (see below) that works on a wide range of issues including: Dryness (body, paws, and/or nose), hot spots, mange, and/or itchy skin, and even can promote hair growth in areas where the coat was thinning.
It contains aloe vera, Manuka honey, coconut, olive oil, hemp seed oil, shea butter, and vitamins (A, B, C, and E).
- If your Poodle’s entire body is dry and itchy, you’ll want a thick, super-moisturizing shampoo that you can lather on, and leave on for at least 10 minutes.
One of our favorites is by Moosh (see below); it’s quite incredible and can heal a wide range of issues including dryness, itchiness, scaling, fungal infections, bacterial infections, flaking, dandruff, sore skin due to flea bites, and irritations due to allergies.
It does this by having an impressive blend of 100% organic ingredients. Bentonite clay binds to toxins in the skin, and gently yet effectively pulls them out. Argan oil and neem oil are super moisturizing. Shea butter soothes, and aloe vera helps skin heal.
– While shampoos are great to envelope your dog in a soothing treatment, for severe dry skin issues, you’ll also want something that can help 24/7. And this is where certain leave-ins can be very beneficial.
Warren London makes a hydrating butter that immediately soothes, and then releases its natural emollients every 2 hours, for non-stop moisturizing.
It has two main ingredients. Guava; this has natural anti-allergic properties and works by blocking histamines. In turn, it reduces irritation and itching. The other is mangosteen (a tropical fruit), which fixes dry skin via its ability to repair skin cells. This is a non-oily, soothing butter, and as an added bonus, it smells fantastic.