Olive Oil Dry Skin Remedy for Dogs

Posted by Amy Z on March 14, 2011 in Animals |

I have heard that adding a tablespoon of olive oil to the dogs food three times a week might cure dry, flaky skin. I am willing to try anything. My pool golden retriever, Tackle, gets very flaky skin every winter. I will be posting before and after pictures here as soon my experiment is done. Before trying this, rule out other causes of the dog’s dry, flaky skin. Skin parasites, skin fungal infections, food allergies, and contact dermatitis are a few canine health and skin conditions that can cause symptoms that mimic those associated with dry skin due to the winter cold and dryness. Visit the veterinarian to rule out skin parasites in the dog, along with any other skin conditions or diseases.


I have been giving olive oil to my 120 lb golden retriever for two weeks and have seen an amazing improvement in his coat. His skin is less flaky and after just the second day, we all noticed his fur was incredibly silky. I took him to the pet store a couple days ago and people were raving over his soft fur. He also loved the extra attention.

Here are some things to do to help the itchy pup:

1. Skip the bath; not your own bath, but the dog’s. Frequent bathing, even with medicated dog shampoos, is a primary cause of dry, itchy skin in dogs.

2. Run a humidifier in the home. Heating systems can cause dry, flaky skin.

3. Cold air will cause dry skin, too. You could dress your dog up in some winter clothes before taking a walk. That is, if you don’t mind being laughed at…

4. Try a vitamin. There are some doggy vitamins you could try that might help. Check out some here.

5. For severe dry skin and flaky skin in dogs, add olive oil to the dog’s food or soak a piece of bread in olive oil and serve this with the dog’s meal. The olive oil also helps to moisturize the dog’s skin, warding off dryness, flakiness and itching. A small amount of oil can also be rubbed into the dog’s skin to help heal dry, chapped skin. It’s edible too, so the oil won’t harm the dog if he licks it off his skin.

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