Here are solutions to a German Shepherd’s allergy-caused dry skin.

I have found that my German Shepherd’s skin and coat condition are indicative of overall health.

When he is in good health his coat shines, and when he is suffering from a food allergy, the skin reacts with patches of what I can only describe as dandruff, in dog form.

If left untreated, he will attempt to scratch and bite at the area, causing distress.

Medicine Cabinet Solution to Dry Itchy Skin

I transitioned my German Shepherd’s kibble to a different type of dry dog food and within a month he was suffering from dry, itchy skin.

In the long term I wanted to transition back to original dry dog food, but in the short term I needed to address the discomfort he was feeling.

I found that baby oil was effective in addressing the topical itching. 

Moving his hair aside and getting the oil directly on his skin seemed to offer immediate relief.

I massaged the dry, itchy area with baby oil, and the German Shepherd’s relief was palpable.

The residual baby oil seemed to treat the affected area for a few days without needing to be reapplied.

Topical Solutions

Another excellent option was to use Vaseline externally to address the dry patches.

The advantage of applying Vaseline to the irritated skin was that it was less messy, and it was easier to localize the treatment without it spreading over a large area.

My German Shepherd’s skin and coat health seems to communicate if he is suffering from any allergies or is reacting to changes in environment.

The baby  oil and Vaseline offer immediate relief from him attacking his own flesh in fits of scratching.

These are non toxic solutions that offer immediate relief. 

Both are excellent solutions to a temporary problem.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.