Dog skin problems can be quite common. Dogs have extremely sensitive skin. Feeding them high-quality, brand name foods and giving them oatmeal baths, along with the right supplements can help. Getting a proper diagnosis into what is causing your dog's skin problems is critical to dealing with and treating your dog's itchy and inflamed skin.
Examine your dog's skin. Some dogs suffer from dry skin. Some signs are excessive hair loss, rashes, little red lumps, dry flaking skin, or insect bites. If you see dry flakes on his fur, his problem may be dry skin. If you see any actual lumps or insect bites, you may need medication so that the problem does not exacerbate into an infection. If you see any fleas or ticks you will need to treat that underlying cause.2
Feed your dog foods high in nutrients. Vitamins A, C, and E are necessary for your dog's skin. Foods with Omega-three fatty acids are also necessary for supple skin. These essentials help support good skin function, along with supplying skin cells with the required nutrients needed. Food allergies are quite common in dogs and can cause itchy and flaking skin as well as yeast infections in the ears. Check with your vet for information on hypo-allergenic foods.3
Bathe your dog in an oatmeal dog shampoo. However, never bathe your dog more frequently than once every two weeks or you will dry out his skin. Use shampoos rich in vitamin E, lavender and chamomile, which have calming properties, and oatmeal. If your dog has a serious skin condition, ask your vet for a medicated shampoo.