How to keep a puppy’s skin healthy

Dry skin can be an extremely painful problem no owner wants their pup to suffer with. This is because as soon as skin begins to turn dry it will also turn itchy. Young pups won’t be able to resist this itch and will scratch it all day and all night.

Scratching these itches can be very harmful and damaging. This is because itching them will cause pups to cut their skin, which causes bleeding. These cuts could then lead to further more severe skin issues.

Try not to worry too much though; there are a number of steps you can take in order to minimise the risk of dry skin. Take a look at our full list of tips below to find out how to keep your pup’s coat at its best.

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Preventing puppy skin problems


Brushing a dog’s coat is one of the best ways to prevent dry skin in puppies. This is because each time you brush your pup’s coat it wipes away any dry skin flakes that may be resting on the surface. These skin flakes can cause irritation if left to build up, and this irritation will ultimately lead to your dog scratching.

Brushing also helps to encourage oil glands in your puppy’s skin to develop. These glands are an important part of keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy and at its best. Brushing your puppy from a young age gets them use to the idea of grooming quickly, reducing the risk of them not liking being brushed when they are older.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is full of good fatty acids that will help nourish your dog’s skin. Fatty acids such as omega 3 are crucial to your pup’s skin and coat development. Adding just a few drops to your pup’s food a day can make a real difference, especially if they are already suffering from dry skin.

Puppy Shampoo

Puppy shampoo can make a big difference to your puppy’s coat whilst they are developing into an adult. Most shampoos contain a range of different oils and ingredients to improve the elasticity of your dog’s skin. These special ingredients also help to repair and nourish any skin that may have become slightly dry.

When shampooing your puppy make sure you use a pet shampoo and not a human one. Human shampoos have not been designed with pets in mind and could end up doing more harm than good. When it comes to selecting a great pet shampoo we suggest you speak to your local vet, as they will know which shampoo is best depending on your dog’s breed and size.


Keeping your dog hydrated is important for a number of reasons. One of these reasons is that a dehydrated pooch could develop puppy skin problems. Skin issues such as loss of elasticity and wrinkles are prominent in dehydrated dogs. If you notice these symptoms appearing you should make sure your dog always has access to fresh clean water. If your puppy then still resists drinking you should take them to your local vet, as there may be a more serious issue at hand.

Choosing the Right Food

The kind of food you feed your puppy can have a large impact on their coat and skin. If you’re looking for a complete dog food that’s clinically proven to support healthy skin, then take a look at our puppy food. Purina® Pro Plan® Dog Puppy Sensitive Skin with Optiderma® has been specifically created to help puppies with skin issues.

Each bowl helps reduce possible skin discomfort associated with food sensitivity thanks to selected source of protein (more than 90% coming from salmon) and the inclusion of skin targeting nutrients such as zinc, essential fatty acids and vitamins A,E, and B.

Check out the full Pro Plan Puppy range to find out how Pro Plan can help improve your dog’s health and wellbeing.