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Can baby oil help a dog's itchy skin?

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Many dogs suffer from dry, itchy skin, especially in the winter. Baby oil can be very helpful in treating a dog's dry skin and costs much less than more expensive treatments.

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Before one starts using baby oil on a dog's dry skin, one should first make sure to take the dog to the vet. Dry skin can be a sign of health problems, such as allergies or mange, so it's a good idea to rule out any medical conditions that may cause dry skin.

Only a small amount of baby oil is needed on a dog's itchy skin at first. This allows one to ensure that the dog will tolerate the oil without a problem. Stick to using baby oil that isn't scented to avoid any allergies that may be triggered by fragrances. Massage the baby oil into the skin until it is absorbed, but be aware that baby oil can leave a residue that may stain furniture or carpets. Brush the dog an hour or so after applying the oil to remove dead skin and promote the production of natural skin oils.

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