Natural Cure for your Pomeranians Dry Skin

By on October 1, 2012
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Coconut oil

Today I’m answering a skin condition question.  Pommy Mommy’s Facebook friend Sheila asked about calming her Pomeranians dry skin without using steroids or medication. She is looking for more of a natural treatment. 

 

 

Question

Sheila: Do you have any good suggestions for dry, flaky, itchy Pomeranian skin? I’m trying to avoid yet another vet visit and steroid injection and or medication. I have tried oatmeal shampoo and adding the Omega 3′s to the diet. My Pomeranian also has thyroid condition and is due for thyroid check. Just wondered if you have any ideas on something topical yet gentle. Thanks!

 

Answer

Pommy Mommy: Sheila it Sounds like you’ve tried just about everything for your Pomeranians skin!

Skin conditions can be very frustrating and expensive when having to visit your local vet. If it’s a condition that can be managed at home you can try using an organic refined coconut oil. Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer for skin. It’s very good for Pomeranians and people too!

Not only do I rub some on my Pomeranians skin in the winter or when they have a dry coat, I also use it on their paws and a tiny bit on their nose. This helps prevent painful cracking skin and keeps nice and moist. Coconut oil is something that you can also add to your Pomeranians diet on a daily basis. Some of the benefits I have heard reported include: reduced or elimination of body odor and bad breath; healthier skin and elimination of rashes, itchiness, etc.; coats becoming shiny and healthy looking; improved energy; better digestion; reduction of excess weight; relief from arthritic-like symptoms; cleared-up infections; expulsion of worms; and improved overall health. Applied topically it aids in the healing of cuts, bites, stings, and infections.

As I mentioned above make sure to get “refined” coconut oil. It’s not going to smell or taste like coconut at all. You can purchase this at your local grocery store if they have an organic section, or you will find this at Whole Foods for around $8-$9.00. I use a brand called Spectrum.

If it’s cold outside the coconut oil will be in a solid form. However if you take a small amount and put it in a dish and heat it in the microwave or on the stove for just a few SECONDS it will take on a liquid form. This is the only oil (besides olive oil) that I use in my home. I rub a little on my elbows, under my eyes, and use it for my everyday cooking! It’s a staple in my pantry! :)

 

   
KAT says:

I’ve had my pom going on 4 years and he has yet to grow his hair back! I took him to get groomed one day and ever since then his hair has yet to come back! Now his skin has turned black and has small patches of hair and it’s only towards his butt, tail area!!

Sherri Carr says:

I just got the organic coconut oil today my Pomeranian loves it.I bathed her and put it on her skin.she has a problem with dry skin I hope it works. Don’t want to have to take her to the vet to get shots thanks for your information. Sherri.

Sherri Carr says:

Thank you for the information about coconut oil for the skin. sherri

Pommy Mommy says:

You’re welcome. :)

Mike F. says:

My male Pom is 12yr and 6.3lbs. I had him on dry food of whitefish and sweet potato, grain free. I think I screwed up. I changed to chicken and sweet potato and he has developed black flaky skin on his belly. Aside from going back to he whitefish, is there anything I can do for him. I copied all the above suggestions.
Thanks, Mike

leanne says:

I use organic extra virgin coconut oil on my own skin as well as on my Pom. It is soothing and he also loves to lick it straight off a spoon for a daily treat. I give him about a teaspoon. I am wondering why you are suggesting using refined coconut oil for your Poms when alot of the nutrients and enzymes are destroyed in the refining process?

TRACEY says:

Just wondering how much coconut oil you add to your Pom’s food and how frequently?

Pommy Mommy says:

You can add up to a teaspoon to 1/4 cup of food. On a daily basis.

Amanda says:

I have a Pomeranian who often gets dry skin, the Vet said it is a skin infection that my Pom gets. The only thing that seems to help my Pom is a hair cut and olive oil in his food. I give him a short hair cut every second month, and his fur no longer falls out and he doesn’t itch.

Nicole says:

I have a 3 year old parti-pom, the poor thing has been suffering for 2 years now from a skin condition that causes her to scratch herself raw and pull out her hair in chunks as well as have this awful smell. I have had allergy tests done and have her on atopica as well as anti-fungal shampoo and conditioner. Nothing seems to relieve her itching and the smell is unbearable. Do you have any suggestions?

leanne says:

Sounds like candida,an overgrowth of yeast. I would take her off of all grains and give her a probiotic daily in a Tablespoon or so of organic yogurt with active cultures.

linda henley says:

So I give the coconut oil oral?

Pommy Mommy says:

You can administer the coconut oil orally, my Pomeranians eat it in their food. However I would rub it directly onto the skin. Small amounts at first, then go from there.

Lauren says:

My vet recommend that we give my Pomeranian fish oil pills. Its worked wonders on her fur! She also has Alopecia X in which we deal with multiple skin issues, the fish pills help prompte healthy growth and moisture. The usually dosage is 20mg per pound, so a 5 pound pom would get 100mg, a 10 pound 200 and so on. If they have very dry skin, like my pom the vet recommended that she get a higher dose of 500mg. He said keep an eye on if it seems soft lower the dose. I hope that helps!

SHERRY says:

thanks for the tip my poor baby has been going crazy with itching and scatching.. I think I heard of this before, I will deffinately try it…. :)