This winter season has been tough on our dog's skin. I have the urge to bathe her more frequently to try and help with her dry, itchy skin, but have heard this can actually be a bad thing during the winter. Bathing can strip the natural oils on a dog's skin and cause more irritation. Especially if your dog already has sensitive skin.
Instead of more frequent baths this winter, I've decided to take a different approach to care for the dog's dry winter skin. I bathe Shiner as much as I would normally, but in between baths I am also using Bayer® ExpertCare™ Spot-On Skin Moisturizer.
I discovered this product on the shelves at PetSmart in the Health & Wellness section and have actually never seen anything like it before. I never knew that there was a topical moisturizer available for dogs.
Bayer ExpertCare Spot-On Skin Moisturizer is specially formulated for dogs with essential fatty acids to help support skin hydration. It's quick and convenient to apply to your dog and can help maintain a full, healthy coat and supports coat shine.
According to the directions on the box, I need to apply one pipette to Shiner's neck and back area starting at once a week for two months. After this initial time period, I can apply Bayer ExpertCare Spot-On Moisturizer once every two weeks for maintenance.
It's just like applying a topical flea medication, so if you are familiar with doing that this goes on very easily. It's recommended that you don't bathe your dog for at least two days before and after applying this product to your dog.
This specially formulated skin moisturizer for dogs leaves a streak on Shiner's back for a few hours, but then disappears fairly quickly. It also has a strong scent which dissipates within a few hours. The scent isn't a bad one in my opinion. It just smells like fresh evergreen trees or mint to me. The scent does not seem to bother Shiner either.
What I've noticed after using Bayer ExpertCare Spot-On Skin Moisturizer with my dog is that her fur does seem thicker, shinier, and softer, especially near the areas that it was applied.
Like I mentioned above, this winter has been tough on Shiner's dry skin. It can be challenging to keep up caring for her dry winter skin, but this product definitely makes things easier for us. I can totally handle a once a week application.
And for times that I catch her licking or scratching herself (particularly her feet right now) I use Bayer ExpertCare Itch Relief Spray that is specially formulated for dogs. You can read my previous review on that product here.
This year, our plan for tackling the dog's dry winter skin is limited, but regular soothing baths, Bayer ExpertCare Spot-On Skin Moisturizer in between baths, and Bayer ExpertCare Itch Relief Spray for itchy feet.
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How do you help care for your dog's dry winter skin?