Here are some ways to help improve your dog’s dry skin.

• When your dog needs a bath, try using plain water, a good, non-drying solvent. If you must use shampoo, use a moisturizing type with humectants, and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. Avoid blow dryers.

• If you have your dog groomed, speak to the groomer about turning down the heat on the blow dryer (it’s usually set pretty high).

• Feed moist food—canned, cooked, homemade or raw.

• Add digestive enzymes to every meal (probiotic bacteria, 2 to 10 billion CFUs/day).

• Provide fresh, filtered drinking water.

• Add fresh oils and other supplements to meals—

Flax seed oil (1/2 tsp. of oil/15 pounds twice daily) or freshly milled flax seeds (1.5 tsp./15 pounds twice daily)

EPA/DHA from fish oil or algae (5 to 20 mg of EPA/pound of body weight/day)

Lecithin granules (1/4 tsp. to 1 Tbs. per meal)

Nutritional yeast (1/2 to 1 tsp. per meal) or hypoallergenic B complex (10 to 50 mg twice daily)

Kelp powder (1/4 to 1 tsp. per meal daily)

Spirulina (500 to 1,000 mg twice daily with meals)

Alfalfa, nettles or horsetail (dried or powdered, 1/4 to 1 tsp. of individual herb or a mixture)