We often see skin problems in older pets that are due to changes in their metabolism. This change can be caused by the thyroid gland (hypothyroid), the adrenal gland (Cushing’s or Addison’s disease), diabetes, kidney issues, or liver issues. In spite of what is going on inside the pet’s body, a lot can be done to feed and hydrate the hair and skin. The better regulated the internal issues are, the easier it will be to maintain the hair and skin. If you see older dogs with skin problems, it is important to have the client see a veterinarian and to get the appropriate blood tests.
Working with a veterinarian who is addressing the inside issues while you address the outside issues, will greatly improve the well-being of the pet.