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Ways to Prevent your Dog from Dry Skin and Discomfort

Ways to Prevent your Dog from Dry Skin and Discomfort

Dogs have delicate skin so skin irritation should concern you. If a dog scratches more than usual, it could be a cause for concern. One of the most common issues dogs and puppies may have is dry skin, which can cause severe and prolonged discomfort. So, it is prudent to prevent your dog from having dry skin in advance by taking excellent care of your dog by using gentle grooming products and feeding them a nutritious diet.

Since your dog relies on you for their health needs, you are responsible for your pets’ health. Dry skin may not seem like a serious health problem, however, it can lead to a more severe condition if not addressed in a timely way. While it is normal for dogs to scratch their skin, it can indicate the possibility of an underlying condition if dogs scratch themselves constantly. Here are some tips on how to prevent dry skin on your dog and how you can help prevent it from becoming an ongoing issue that gets worse over time, such as a bacterial or fungal infection.

Chief Causes of Dry Skin: Lack of Good Nutrition

If your dog is malnourished they will likely have dry skin. Good nutrition is important for a pets’ longevity and quality of life. By providing the highest quality food, you can make a direct difference in your pet’s health. Quality is the key word here - quality of ingredients that go into making your dog’s or puppy’s food. The old saying “You are what you eat” applies to our pets in the same way it does for people. Better quality foods, made with better quality ingredients, provides a better quality of life. This results in fewer skin conditions, less itching, fewer ear infections, shinier coats, less inflammatory bowel disease, better muscling and muscle tone, stronger bones, more energy, better temperament and other immediate physical benefits of better nutrition. Dogs are happier and feel better overall when they get the best nutrition available, which provides a boost to their immune system and puts less stress on their kidneys and liver. Since skin is a dog’s largest organ, it is important to provide a nutrient rich diet to keep skin balanced and hydrated.

2. Skin Sensitivity

Many dogs have sensitive skin. Depending on the species and age of your dog, skin may be between 12 - 24% of their body weight, so it is important to maintain the natural skin oil and moisture balance on a dog’s skin. Your pup’s skin does many things - it provides a protective barrier against the elements, regulates temperature, and gives your dog its sense of touch. So it is no wonder that factors like the environment, parasites such as fleas and ticks, and products used on your dog can affect their skin’s health. If your dog has signs of dry, itchy, cracked and inflamed skin, it is important to find out why. Check for food allergies, environmental causes, and grooming product allergies. Sometimes healing a dog's dry skin is as easy as changing their diet or switching to a gentle, plant-based, sulfate-free dog or puppy shampoo. It is advisable to consult your veterinarian to help you identify the root cause of your dog’s skin allergy so you can treat and cure your dog’s dry skin.

3. An Underlying Disease

Your dog is likely to suffer excessive itchiness and skin dryness if there is an underlying disorder. Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease are among the chief causes of dry skin in dogs. These illnesses can also cause hair loss, leaving the skin vulnerable to insect bites and harsh weather conditions. Consult your vet immediately to determine whether there is an underlying condition that is causing your dog’s dry, cracked, and flaky skin.

4. Constant And Vigorous Bathing And Harsh Grooming Products

While bathing your dog is essential to their overall health, doing it too often can lead to dry skin. Every breed is different and it is important to research what is best for the breed you have. Also, lifestyle factors are important to consider as inside dogs need to be bathed less often than outdoor dogs. When bathing your dog or puppy, always use an eco-friendly dog shampoo made with natural ingredients to help prevent dry skin issues. Look for dog shampoos that are PEG free, Paraben free, DEA free, SLS and SLES free (sulfates), and phthalate free. Also, many artificial fragrances can contain harsh ingredients that irritate and dry out delicate dog skin. So choose naturally fragranced grooming products for your dogs and puppies, scented with pure and natural essential oils. 

5. Attacks From Parasites

Dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages are vulnerable to parasites. Bites from parasites are a common cause of skin dryness. They can cause severe irritation, itchiness and damage the skin, leading to open sores that can become infected quickly, or gradually, over time. Your veterinarian can help you pinpoint the root cause of skin irritation and itchiness and advise you on the best remedy for your dog or puppy to treat fleas, ticks, dog mites, mange and other pests.

6. Skin Infections

Skin infections range from fungal to bacterial, and can have a dire impact on a dog’s or puppy’s overall health. Skin infections can cause severe discomfort, itchiness, and illness. Some signs of dog skin infections can be pimple-like pustules, dry patches of flaking skin, crusted skin, alopecia (hair loss), infected hair follicles, and seeping blood or pus. If you suspect your dog is suffering from a skin infection, it is important to visit your veterinarian to get treatment for your dog. 

A dog’s skin health is very important to their overall well-being. Preventing dry skin on your dog is critical and is well worth the time and investment. By following these helpful tips to support your dog or puppy’s skin health, you can help ensure your pets well-being, safety and comfort all year round and throughout their lifetime. 

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Adopt a Dog Month

Adopt a Dog Month

There seems to be a day or a month for celebrating something all the time. For example, last month there was National Hamburger Day and National French Fry Day. Does anybody really celebrate those? Maybe, maybe not, but there are plenty of other "national" days and months that people do celebrate. October just happens to be National Adopt a Dog Month, and we couldn't agree more that it's a noble cause and a worthy month to celebrate!

What Exactly Is Adopt a Dog Month?

So glad you asked! This is the month where thousands of animal shelters promote the adoption of the available dogs they are sheltering and caring for. All these wonderful dogs need a good home. Otherwise, they remain in the shelter, until someone decides to adopt them. If you have thought about getting a puppy or dog recently (and who in the last year and a half hasn't!), you can consider doing your part this October by finding your future canine buddy at a shelter and bringing him or her home. These dogs and puppies are so eager to find their forever homes and will be forever grateful to you for becoming their pet parent. 

If You Can't Bring Home a Furry Friend, You Can Still Help Out

Sometimes it isn't feasible to adopt a dog, even when you really want to. Maybe your apartment building or landlord doesn't allow it, or maybe there are other reasons like frequent and prolonged travels for work, where you will be away from your home for an extended period of time. Whatever the reason, you can still help support animal shelters by making a monetary donation. You can also help spread the word about Dog Adoption Month and puppy adoption events by telling your friends, family, and co-workers about Adopt a Dog events at nearby dog shelters.

Become a Foster Parent

Maybe you aren't sure what kind of dog to adopt, or whether or not a full-time family dog is right for you. You can help shelters by volunteering to become a foster parent for dogs! This is an especially sweet arrangement as you help dogs transition back into homes with families, and you get to see if adopting a dog is right for you, as well as the opportunity to learn about what kind of dog would fit best in your home. Becoming a foster home for dogs requires some paperwork, a background check, and a visit by shelter staff to make sure your home is safe for pups of all ages to reside in temporarily. Once approved, you can take on one or more dogs at a time to foster and even train. When someone applies to adopt one of your fosters, the dog goes back to the shelter to go to a "furrever" home.
Finally, one other way you can help this October is by donating your time and resources to feeding and spending time with the dogs, of all ages, breeds, and sizes, at the shelter. Sit down for a few words with the shelter director about becoming a volunteer. Volunteers clean kennels, walk dogs, play with dogs, etc. You can have all the fun of being a dog owner without the responsibility of having a dog to care for at home while you are away.

Products You Will Need to Adopt a Dog and Products You Can Donate to the Shelter

Dogs need as much care as humans. Besides food and water, dogs need bath products, toys, grooming products, pet stain removal products, and urine and odor control sprays. If you adopt a shelter dog, you will need all of the above products to care for your pooch. If you volunteer time or resources at a shelter, the shelter can use these products as well. Some of the best products for all of the above can be found at BarkLogic. We happily promote National Adopt a Dog Month by supporting and donating to shelters and pet owners around the country. Our pet care products are made with natural ingredients, are puppy and child-safe, and are Vegan and Cruelty-Free. All BarkLogic products are manufactured here in the U.S.A. using the highest quality domestically and globally sourced ingredients.

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BarkLogic Partners With The Puppy Up Foundation

BarkLogic Partners With The Puppy Up Foundation

BarkLogic is giving back to pet owners and their four-legged friends by once again supporting the Puppy Up Foundation at this year's Puppy Up! The Little Rock Walk is scheduled to take place at the MacArthur Park Pavilion at 601 East 9th Street between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 13th, 2021. We are thrilled that the non-profit organization Puppy Up is able to continue its amazing mission to help support and safeguard the lives of our canine companions. The emotional, physical and financial hardships of the past year experienced by so many have highlighted the profound impact that dogs have on pet parents and their families. Over the last 18 months or so, pet adoptions have soared, as Americans have tried to fill a void in their lives with canine companionship.

Drawing Attention to an Important Cause:

Puppy Up Foundation (www.puppyup.org) holds a Canine Cancer Walk and silent auction each November to raise funds to spread awareness about canine cancer and educate pet owners and others about the similarities between canine and human cancers. Donations also help researchers perform comparative oncology studies that benefit both pets and people. We're happy that we can once again support and participate in this year's auction for critical canine cancer education and research.

2021 Event Details: Everything You Need to Know:

Organizers have planned an in-person walk to highlight their community of determined, motivated, and passionate pet owners. Attendees should expect certain health and safety measures to be in place to protect everyone. Depending on local and national health recommendations, social distancing rules may apply.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. on November 13th. The Walk begins at 1 p.m. Participants younger than 14 years old can join for free. All others can either register as a Walker and pay an event fee or participate as a Fundraiser for free and then raise the event fee. Event fees increase as the day of the Walk approaches. Participants pre-pay $20 until November 11th or $25 on November 12th and 13th. All pre-paid participants will enjoy expedited check-in on the day of the event.

The Little Rock Puppy Up silent auction is entirely online this year to reduce potential event crowding. It's also starting a month early on Friday,October 8th, and you can check out the amazing product donations for a little over two weeks, until Friday, October 22nd. Bidders who win their chosen items can have the items shipped to their homes or businesses for a fee or pick them up at MacArthur Park Pavilion on November 13th.

Top Participants Will Receive BarkLogic and Other Goodies In Their Gift Bags!

Puppy Up gives gift bags overflowing with an array of amazing products to a certain number of participants who register and fundraise early for the cause. This year BarkLogic has donated full-size products for their loot bags, including our sulfate-free BarkLogic Clean & Clear Coat Shampoo, made with natural ingredients. We have also donated several solution-oriented grooming sets for the silent auction. 

We're excited to provide safe dog grooming and puppy care products for this important event. All BarkLogic products are infused with natural essential oils, and free of harsh ingredients, including parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic dyes and fragrances. BarkLogic products are also cruelty-free and vegan, and lovingly manufactured in the U.S.A.  

BarkLogic’s partnership with the Puppy Up Foundation is just one of the many ways we continue to give back to the pet community by promoting safe, clean, and environmentally friendly dog grooming products, made with natural ingredients. All of our formulas are made with gentle, non-toxic and human-grade ingredients that are also puppy-safe. And, over the last twelve years, the Puppy Up Foundation has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to deserving canine cancer researchers and others, and we are proud to support this important life-saving  initiative. 

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