How to Moisturize your Yorkie’s Dry Skin?

How to Moisturize your Yorkie’s Dry Skin?

Dry marks? Oh no, not again!

Winters set a time for us to hop on warm clothes, warm beverages, warm neck pads, and a warm blanket to wrap ourselves under it. 

Unlike your no waxing routine, it brings in some uninvited moments that ruin your thanksgiving party or a birthday party, for which you just bought a sweetheart dress to rock on, and then it’s your flaky skin that says – “Hey do you mind if I tag along with you?”

Like us, Yorkies can also be dryness-prone. These hounds are famous for their classy and neat look. They want to look sassy for a theme party or a long drive with the owner in the Bugatti. But, sometimes, their skin doesn’t favor them. Winters can cause dryness or paper-like skin in these puppies.

Dry skin is a cause of dry wind exposure, frequent baths, or the use of harmful chemicals present in the products available in the market. However, there could be other reasons that can cause dry and flaky skin in your Yorkie. 

So, What causes dry skin in your Yorkie and How would you Moisturize your Yorkie’s dry skin? Read till the end to find out.


What are the Causes of Dry Skin in Yorkies?

Do you also wonder, can a Yorkie get skin problems? 

The answer is YES. Yorkies can develop skin issues, skin irritation, skin blisters like other dog breeds. 

If you have a Yorkie at home and he is facing skin problems, then you can try out some of the homemade remedies that may prove the best for your dog. 

However, many vets advise dog parents not to skip monitoring their Yorkies’ skin behavior because it can also be an aftermath of chronic disease and may become fatal if not treated on time.

Now let us see, what are those reasons that cause your Yorkie’s skin to Dry up.


1. Improper Grooming

A Yorkie’s skin could be as delicate and sensitive as a butterfly. Its skin needs attention and care that may sometimes become ignorable and unattended. Proper care of their outer coat keeps all the dirt and germs out of the fence.

It might be because of the shampoo you are bringing into use for your Yorkie. Most of these market products contain harmful chemical add-ons like amino acids, sulfates, and others that can irritate your pup’s delicate skin and cause several discomforts. Here’s a list of the Best Shampoos for Yorkshire Terriers

It is better to consult your vet for the right shampoo or be informed about the PH level of any shampoo that you check for online before saving it into your shopping cart.

You can also check for the extra shampoo lathe left behind your Yorkie’s ears or underneath his fur. The lathe can build chemical storage into your puppy’s skin and can cause skin rashes, skin blisters, bumps, or even skin burns.

When it comes to Grooming a Yorkie, I have covered in detail How you can properly Groom your Yorkie.


2. Bathwater Temperature

The temperature of the bathwater where your Yorkie will be enjoying his daily doodle wash can also be one of the causes for your pup’s spoiled skin. If the bathwater is at boiling temperature, it will absorb all the natural oils present in your pup’s body and soak in the moisture from the upper layer of the skin.

On the safer side, check the temperature of your Yorkie’s bathwater to a neutral temperature. You can check the temperature through a slight touch of your wrist before bathing your Yorkie.


3. Lack of Nutrition

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A poor and unbalanced diet deprives nutrients of a Yorkie’s bowl of a fulfilling meal. It can cause an inflammatory response in the body. Most of the advertisements we see today in the online cookies about dog food lack raw nutrients and instead contain excessive fats, sugar, and cholesterol.

Vets suggest the inclusion of raw nutrients instead of artificial ones like copper, zinc, omega 3, and other fatty acids. The Omega 3 Fatty Acid has an impact on irritated skin. It brings down the unwanted building of body chemicals that causes inflammation.

Do your Yorkie also face hair loss, dry coat, and skin bumps?

If it is a Yes, it can be an aftermath of an insufficient amount of zinc and copper in your Yorkie’s body. A deficiency in major nutrients like zinc and copper can cause skin ulcers or cracked skin around the calves and paws. 

Read More: Do Yorkies Shed?


4. Absence of Humidity

Lack of humidity in the atmosphere can also cause dryness to your Yorkie’s soft skin. Use of e-appliances like heaters soak in the rest of the moisture present in the environment and makes it a non-humid room for your pup’s skin to attract dryness, itchiness, and flakiness. 

To reverse this, you can arrange cooling-humidifiers for your Yorkie’s room to release moisture in the air instead of trapping it inside. Also, give more liquids to your dog to provide sumptuous water requirements to your baby’s body. 

I personally use LEVOIT Humidifier for my Yorkie’s bedroom. Definitely have a look at it.


5. Allergies

Allergies are the body’s reaction to a normally harmless substance such as pollen, molds, animal dander, latex, certain foods, and insect stings. Allergy symptoms range from mild – rash or hives itchiness to life-threatening.

Dogs can also be prone to allergies like humans, therefore attracting minute germs and bacteria that can cause inconvenience to your Yorkie’s skin. These are some of the commonly found allergies in Yorkies.

Atopic Dermatitis: Canine atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, genetically predisposed, inflammatory, and pruritic skin disease. 

It is generally associated with IgE antibodies to environmental allergens to which susceptible animals are genetically predisposed to become sensitized. However, the symptoms are mild and can be treated easily with proper care and medications.

What are the signs?

  • Itching
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing
  • Licking
  • A yeasty smell
  • Greasy skin
  • Redness or tough skin

This disease exacerbates with the changing weather and, the results on the skin will be wishy-washy. It affects Yorkies from the age group of 1-6 years old.

Contact Dermatitis: Contact dermatitis is a skin condition your dog can develop from an overreaction of the immune system or from a substance that causes damage to the skin. 

What are the signs?

  • Skin irritation
  • Continuous scratching 
  • Itchiness
  • Rash
  • Bumps
  • Swelling

This type of skin condition can’t be seen in Yorkies generally but can spread heavily with a touch of an infected object or a person. To treat it, you can buy some anti-inflammatory products online and again consult a vet before you jump to the conclusion.


6. Medical Issues

Although, dryness in Yorkies can be because of a plethora of reasons. However, if you observe any of these symptoms in your puppy, it is better to take immediate action from your action.

Pull out a few minutes from your busy schedule, pick up your phone and contact your vet at the earliest.


Before you get surprised with the word worm, let us make it clear, It is not those creepy worms that you observe near your window seal or in lawn area during the rainy season. 

Ringworm is a skin condition that arises due to dryness and flakiness in the upper layer of the skin. Dermatophytosis is a superficial fungal skin disease commonly found in Yorkshire Terriers. It affects the younger Yorkies more than older ones.

What are the signs?

  • Hair loss around the face
  • Bald patches around ears, feet, and tail
  • Red, Ring-shaped rashes around the face 
  • Dry, scaly lesions

This disease is highly contagious. It spreads in no time and gets distributed via an infected object or a person, and because of the shedding fur dispersed onto other healthy persons via natural agents like the wind. 

Top vets advise dog parents to shift to anti-inflammatory shampoos and conditioners that cause reduced hair fall or hair loss. Please make sure that you clean the spaces where you notice shedding hair to avoid further infections and worm invasions.

Color Dilution Alopecia

Alopecia in dogs refers to hair loss that can be partial or complete, but it also signals deficiencies in your Yorkie’s coat or a failure to grow hair at all.

While Yorkies naturally shed and may even have patchy coats as the weathers change, alopecia is usually very noticeable. I would recommend checking out this post to take the best care of your Yorkie’s hair

What are the signs?

  • Dry, dull, brittle hair coat and hair loss
  • Flaky and itchy skin. 

Color Dilution Alopecia marks its effect on younger Yorkies from 6 months above to 6 years old. It affects more in those puppies who are immuno-vulnerable and already suffer from major diseases and illnesses. Before you can step into some homemade remedies, consult a vet to avoid second or third-degree damages.


7. Fleas or Mites

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Fleas are skin-eating parasites that survive on your Yorkie’s skin tissues and cells. They run over the skin within no time and, you will notice your Yorkie going all crazy out of itchiness, scratching his skin with his teeth resulting in deep bald patches and unnecessary shedding of the fur.

It leaves your pup’s skin crusty, thin, and baldy. It is not easy to get rid of mites from your dog’s fur but, you can try some of the Over-the-counter drugs or medicated shampoos to calm down your dog and help him relax for a minute.

Read More: Should you ever Shave your Yorkshire Terrier?

How to know your Yorkie has Dry skin?

Dry skin can be acute or chronic. Acute dryness goes away with a change in the season and wears its old form in due time. However, Chronic dryness may take time, and if left stranded, it can be harmful to the skin and may be fatal.

1. Flaking 

Flaking or flaky skin is noticeable in dogs who have mild to moderate skin types and can’t be a matter of concern. It occurs when dead skin cells wear down out of your Yorkie’s body and cover the belly and underarms.

2. Dandruff

Dandruff is a common condition that causes the skin on the scalp to flake. You may notice white flakes of dead skin around the areas where your Yorkie has a strong presence.

3. Scaling 

Scaling is a skin condition when the skin sheds flakes but big patches of dead skin on the outer coat. If you notice the same thing in your Yorkie, consult a vet immediately.

4. Shedding 

With all of the above signs, hair loss in Yorkies becomes natural. The skin gets loose and can not hold the hair follicles, which results in hair shedding. You will notice round patches of missing hair or fur around his belly, the back, or the tail.

5. Pimples

Pimples appear as small, red bumps. These pimples are noticeable around the chin area, but they can cause dryness when it swells up and might leave scary scars.

6. Scabs

When pimples swell, they may burst over and cause itchiness all over the skin. Scabs or crusting of the skin can be the primary problem, or it can occur after a short-lived pimple pops and crusts over.

7. Redness

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and the things they make protect your skin from infection from outside invaders, such as bacteria and viruses, fade away.

You may notice your Yorkie’s inflamed skin resulting in a red-rough cloak. Before you use some DIY tricks, contact your vet.

Read More: 6 Best Coats for your Yorkie’s Skin


6 Homemade Ways to Treat your Yorkie’s dry skin

How to moisturize Yorkie dry skin

1. Yogurt

Yogurt makes an excellent source of good bacteria. It helps in refreshing the skin and cleaning out the dead skin cells effectively. 

Directions for use: You can mix one to two teaspoons in your Yorkie’s meal each day to enhance the performance of your pup’s GI system and digestive tract.

2. Coconut oil

Coconut Oil is a natural oil that contains anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that helps cure skin-related issues and skin inflammation. It helps in deep moisturizing the affected areas of the skin and gives it a soothing touch.

Directions for use:  Before you lay down your Yorkie to give him a massage, pour two scoops of melted coconut oil on your palm and gently massage all over his body. Use a hairbrush after to let the skin absorb the oil.


3. Aloe Vera Gel

The Aloe Gel has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. Aloe gel may help treat inflammatory forms of acne, such as pustules and nodules. It contains elements that are antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. It functions very well in healing cracked skin and bloody spots on the skin.

Directions for use: Take 2-3 cotton swabs and apply the aloe vera gel on the affected areas of your Yorkie’s skin and help him relax and chill down after a long time. We suggest repeating this process twice a week. 


4. Oatmeal

Ground oatmeal can work as an exfoliant, sloughing away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. Many vets suggest using oatmeal for cleansing, moisturizing, and reducing inflammation. It helps soothe irritated, itchy, and dry skin in your puppy.

Directions for use: Grind the oatmeal into a fine powder. Add one to two scoops in your Yorkie’s bathwater, and let it soak for 5 minutes. It will soothe the inflamed skin and reduce the red spots around his ears, armpits, back, calves and tail.

5. Epsom Salts

Epsom salts contain anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in magnesium that helps in absorbing and cleaning skin-related rashes and wounds. It causes abscesses to open and drain, relieving pressure in the affected skin and allowing quick healing.

Directions for use: You can the Epsom salts in your Yorkie’s bathwater and gently apply on to the affected skin. Then soak in your dog for five to 10 minutes. Repeat this process three times a day. Try not to skip.

6. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that calm skin irritations like eczema and rosacea. The natural polyphenols and phytochemicals in chamomile tea can speed up the healing process of scars and minimize wrinkles and breakouts.

Directions for use: Brew the tea for 5 minutes, Strain the water and fill it in a spray bottle. Spray over your Yorkie’s inflamed skin. Repeat it thrice every two weeks. Keep in mind not to use it too much.

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Some Over-The-Counter (OTC) drugs you can try 

ways to moisturize Yorkie's dry skin

1. Chews

A superfood base of carrots, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms blends with other healthy ingredients like salmon oil, probiotics, colostrum, and turmeric help relax inflammation, itching, and dryness.

These chews are free of chemicals, GMOs, fillers, sugar, wheat, corn, or preservatives and aim to support the immune system and digestion while mitigating seasonal allergies.


2. Antihistamines

Does your Yorkie also feel lazy and tired all the time and surprisingly outdoors don’t excite him anymore? It could be because of your dog’s spoiled skin and has become itchy, and pity for him.

Chlor-Trimeton or Benadryl are some of the antihistamines that can be useful for your Yorkie’s irritated skin here. Do not buy without a vet’s prescription.

3. Medicated Sprays

OTC topical sprays act beneficial in your allergy-fighting arsenal, especially when you notice your Yorkie licking his body in excess. This excessive licking leave space for bacterial hotspots. Sprays can help reduce itching and heal the wound quickly. 


4. Medicated Powders

You can switch to medicated powders that can help relieve itching, red bumps, or rashes. Talk to your vet and ask for the chemicals to look for while buying the product online.

Read More: Best Brushes for your Yorkie’s Coat

The Final Words

If you are a Yorkie parent and your little doodle has had some skin-related issues for the last two days, First of all, don’t panic and give your Yorkie’s belly a rub to make him feel your warm presence. 

You can try some of these homemade remedies to wipe out first-degree complications. However, do not be satisfied only with these DIY methods.

These skin issues can also be a sign of an emergency call to your vet. Take your time and give your canine warmth and love. That’s all he wants.

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