How To Cure Dry Skin On Dogs – Three All Natural Ways You Need To Know

Have you been noticing your dog constantly scratching or licking himself? Does he always rub himself up against furniture? Is he excessively losing hair? Then it’s very likely your dog is suffering from dry skin. In this article, we will show you how to treat dry skin on dogs.

Many pet owners tend to dismiss dry skin on dogs as something insignificant. But it can be a source of disappointment for our canine friends. Dry skin is uncomfortable and itchy for dogs. Aside from licking or scratching himself, a dog with dry skin may also bite himself which can lead to injury. Moreover, it could indicate the presence of a more serious health problem like hypothyroidism which needs urgent medical attention.


Apart from constant scratching, symptoms associated with canine dry skin are flaking, scaling, hair loss and inflammation. It is also possible for dogs with dry skin to have an unpleasant odor and overly oily.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to treat your furry pal’s dry skin problems. Continue reading as we list down three of the best, all-natural dog dry skin remedies.

Items You Will Need

As we will touch on three all-natural ways to treat dry skin on dogs, we will break down our tutorial into three parts.

Ground Oatmeal Bath

For the ground oatmeal bath, you will need the following:

  • Plain oatmeal
  • Blender
  • Brush
  • Towel
  • Tub

Epsom Salt Bath

For the Epsom salt bath, prepare the following:

  • Epsom salt
  • Fresh water
  • Towel
  • Tub

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

For the Epsom salt bath, prepare the following:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dog shampoo
  • Towel
  • Bowl/cup

Step By Step Instructions To Cure Dry Skin On Dogs

Ground Oatmeal Bath

The ground oatmeal bath is proven effective in providing immediate relief to dry skin. Oat is known for its ability to normalize the pH levels of dry skin, softening and moisturizing it in the process according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Here is how to give your dog a ground oatmeal bath:

1. Add oatmeal - Put a cup of whole wheat oatmeal to a blender. Blend well or until the oatmeal is finely grinded. 

2. Add water - Pour warm water in a large bucket. Add the crushed oatmeal and stir it with a stick.

3. Bathe your dog - Lead your dog into the tub and let him soak for at least five minutes. If he won’t sit still, you can pour the oatmeal mix into his coat and skin then rub it in.

4. Rinse him well - Rinse your pet then dry him with a towel. Brush his hair. You may also brush his hair to remove dead skin.

ExpertVillage has a YouTube video that you can watch to guide you on the proper way of giving your dog a ground oatmeal bath.

Epsom Salt Bath

The Epsom salt bath is another natural way of treating dry and itchy skin on dogs. Epsom salt is considered an effective dog dry skin remedy. A natural exfoliant, it is also known treating dry skin in humans that it is often added to bath soak in most spas.

Like the oatmeal bath technique, the Epsom salt bath method is pretty simple. Follow these steps:

1. Fill a tub with water - Fill the tub with enough water for your pet to soak his entire body.

2. Add Epsom salt - Add a cup of Epsom salt for every gallon of water. Using a large wooden spoon, stir in the Epsom salt until it dissolves.

3. Bathe your dog - Bring your dog into the Epsom salt bath and allow him to soak. Provide him with treats if necessary to persuade him to stay still.

4. Let him soak - Soak him in the bath for at least 10 minutes.

5. Rinse well - Rinse him well with fresh water to remove all the salt off his skin and fur.

6. Dry him - Bring him out of the Epsom salt bath. Using a towel, dry him well. Avoid rubbing the skin as this may cause irritation. Do it regularly. Repeat this twice a day until the dry and itchy skin has been healed.

Here’s a good YouTube video to watch if you’re still unsure how to give an Epsom salt bath to your furry friend.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Finally, using apple cider vinegar (ACV) to rinse your dog after a bath is also an effective way of controlling dry and itchy skin. 

Here’s how to use ACV as a natural dog dry skin treatment:

1. Prepare the ACV rinse solution - Mix one part ACV to five parts water in a bowl.

2. Bathe your dog - Wash your dog using his vet-recommended shampoo. 

3. Rub - Before rinsing your dog, use the ACV solution. Massage it well on his skin and fur. Be careful as you don’t want the ACV to get into his eyes.

4. Rinse - Give him a quick rinse with fresh water to remove the vinegar scent. 

5. Dry - Dry your pet with a towel once he is rinsed. Squeeze excess water out of his fur.


Dog dry skin may not be the most serious canine health condition but it can cause a lot of discomfort to your pet. Dry skin can be very itchy and could lead to injury. It may also result in hair loss.

Fortunately for many canine lovers, dog dry skin can easily be treated with all-natural solutions like Epsom salt bath, apple cider vinegar rinse and ground oatmeal bath. As you have learned from reading the tutorials above, using these all-natural dog dry skin remedies is easy to pull off.

Whether you opt to use Epsom salt or ground oatmeal for his next bath or you decide to give him an apple cider vinegar rinse, you can be assured that your pet will gain immediate relief from the discomfort and itchiness associated with dog dry skin.

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Anna Sakila

Hi, I’m Anna Sakila and I love to give my friend the best of everything. I started this blog so I can also share my experiences with you. Take a tour through my site to see helpful stories and useful information on the best ways to care for your lovely dog.

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