1 - While grooming is very important, if the dog is brushed too often, those oils that are naturally on the skin will be spread out onto the hairs too often....And this leaves the skin without the protection that it needs....And it dries out. Some owners don't even think about this possibility.... Some Tzu love being brushed.....Many owners will have their dog in their lap while watching a movie on TV, etc. and brush them. It does often feel relaxing for the dog and an owner may assume that the more the better.
Those with long show coats should be brushed and then combed at least every other day. Those with puppy cuts should be brushed about 1 time every 3 days. If you find that you are doing this out of habit and his or her skin is drying out, just do not pick up that brush and pat your dog instead!
2 - The 2nd issue that can happen is if grooming is done on a dry coat. Brushing or combing should never be done if the coat is completely dry. One should always first mist the coat with a leave in conditioner. If you get to a section that seems dry, pick up that spritzer and mist the section again.
This is another issue that involves the release of the skins natural oils. While we want to ensure that our dogs are clean it is also important that we do not bathe them too much. While you are scrubbing away with all of those suds, those oils are being taken away from the skin that lies beneath the hairs. When a dog is bathed too often, it does not allow the body enough time to produce oils to replace those that were washed away. Therefore, one should give a bath about 1 time every 3 weeks (unless the dog has gotten very dirty) and for show dogs, bathe him or her 1-2 days before show.
Another factor will be the chemicals in the shampoo that you choose to use. Some owners think that if a certain product offers great results on them, that it will do the same for their Shih Tzu. This is not true. Canines require a completely different Ph balance and human products will just not do.
can cause huge Shih Tzu dry skin problems. They can cause the skin to become red..this may be with or without bumps. The dog will try his or her best to scratch the intensely itchy area....And this often leads to broken skin. Once this happens, infection can set it and it just gets worse from there. (Also see:
Allergic to a Shih Tzu)
One of the most common canine allergies that causes dry skin is a contact allergic reaction. This means that something physical that the dog is touching is causing a negative reaction. This is often the carpeting...whether it is the material itself or cleaner that has been applied to it.
If this is the problem, the dry skin will often be most noticeable on the elbows and other areas that touch the trigger the most. The treatment for this is 2 fold. First, you will want to remove the trigger. This does not mean that you need to remove all carpets.... However, a blanket should be put down for your Shih Tzu to lie on. Try to place it in the same area that he or she normally relaxes...It will help him or her become accustomed to it.
Food allergies can also trigger dry skin conditions, although this is rare. Most food allergies cause intestinal distress and stomach issues.
The 2nd part will be to treat the affected areas. Ahead we will discuss treatment.