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Old 08-22-2015, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My wonderfully sweet little Daisy has been scratching herself a lot and I'm really worried her skin might be dry. Is there any other reason why she could be itching herself? I give her oatmeal baths and after her baths I spread some extra-virgin olive oil on her to help moisturize her skin.
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Itching can be a sign of mites, but if you're not seeing any sign of mites on a dark cloth test and don't use substrate bedding (paper or wood) or any wood accessories that haven't been frozen, you're probably just dealing with dry skin. Most often, the cause of dry skin is excessive bathing or a dry environment. Even with an oil rinse, baths should be given only when absolutely necessary -- no more than once per week, but preferably closer to once or twice a month.

To combat dry skin long term, reduce bathing and try mixing a few drops of oil in her food one or twice a week. Because that isn't always sufficient and takes awhile to become effective, you can use oil sparingly -- a few drops in a rinse (no oatmeal, no soap, no oatmeal wash...just water) once a week. You can also order a product like Humilac online or obtain it from your vet. (It isn't sold in pet supply stores.) It can be used daily. A couple of sprays each day, massaged in during bonding time will provide instant relief and works to heal the skin rather than provide temporary relief.
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