4 Steps To A Healthy Skin And Coat For Dogs
HOW TO KEEP DOG’S COAT HEALTHY
Your dog’s coat tells you a lot about your pet’s overall health. A shiny and sleek coat means your pet is generally free from disease, skin issues, and parasites. Sometimes, a dull coat could simply mean that you haven’t taken good care of your pet.
With dull coat, your pet won’t look its best. Not only that, it won’t feel great either. That’s a worrying sign. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to improve this situation and restore the natural shine of your pet’s coat.
What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial
- A nutritionally-rich diet for your pet
- Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid supplements
- Your dog’s grooming equipment
- Shampoo (for dogs)
- Dog brushes
- Dog combs
If your dog’s coat is looking dull, it could be due to its diet. Poor diet is one of the biggest reasons for a luster-lacking dog coat.
Dogs shed a lot of their fur and it takes a lot of protein to grow it back. Ignoring protein intake could easily show up on your pet’s coat. Similarly, your dog’s coat could lackluster due to lack of other nutrients in her diet.
Feed your dog a nutritionally-rich diet that contains the right balance of nutrients. If you are unsure what the right diet for your pet is, ask your vet about it.
If you decide to make your own pet food, be sure to consult with a nutritionist about the right balance of vitamins, proteins, and minerals for your dog.
Step 2: Add Fatty Acids To Your Dog’s Diet
Your dog needs omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to nourish skin cells. If they are missing from her diet, it could easily show on her coat.
For a great looking coat and itch-free skin, your pet should eat a diet that’s rich in fatty acids. You can either choose omega-6 and omega-3 supplements of include foods rich in fatty acids in your dog’s diet.
Fatty acids are naturally found in sunflower, safflower, fish oil, primrose, borage oils, and flaxseeds.
Be sure not to feed too much fatty acid rich food to your dog. It can cause diarrhea and other stomach issues.
Step 3: Groom Your Pet
Apart from changing your dog’s diet and feeding her some fatty acids, you need to pay attention to her grooming. Your dog needs regular grooming for her coat to look its best.
When you ignore grooming, your dog’s skin becomes a mess. It’s loaded with dead skin and dander. The possibility of disease and infection is also greater with all those tangles and fleas in there.
You should comb your dog properly to get rid of any tangles. It also boosts oxygen supply to the skin and allows it to breathe out easily.
Brush your dog’s fur when you oil it to ensure it distributes throughout the fur. Be sure to pamper your dog when grooming it. Here are some simple grooming chores for every pet owner.
- Bathe your dog using pet special shampoo that not only feeds your pet’s coat with essential vitamins and oils but also helps to prevent fleas and ticks
- Wash and rinse dog’s fur
- Dry it and then brush
- Blow dry your dog’s coat
- Starting after-bath grooming tasks such as nail clipping, eye wiping, ear cleaning, paw cleaning, and teeth cleaning
For in between bath times, consider a no-rinse dog shampoo to help your pet stay clean.
Step 4: Check Your Dog For Parasites
If your dog has a dull coat, it could easily have fleas, ticks, and other parasites. It’s important that you pay proper attention to checking for parasites. Here are the easy instructions to follow.
- Look closely for ticks as they will be visible due to their size
- Run your fingers through your pet’s coat to locate flea dirt
- Flea dirt appear as small black spots on your pet’s coat and it’s an indicator of flea presence
- Fleas usually reside in areas with thin fur such as your pet’s tail, belly, and down the back
- For internal parasites, you should take your pet to your vet and ask for a medical examination
If your dog has internal parasites, it could show any of the following symptoms in addition to dull-looking coat:
- Scooting and vomiting
- Visible and rapid weight loss
- Change in appetite
- Low energy
- Visible worms in feces
It’s important to take your pet to your vet for annual check-ups. Your vet will examine your dog for external and internal parasites.
Once you follow these easy steps, your dog will show his appreciation for your love with a sleek and shiny coat. Improving your pet’s diet and paying attention to her grooming will also boost her overall health. Taking care of your pet brings joy and contentment along with an energetic and great-looking pet.
This is a guest post provided by Cindy Grant.
Cindy Grant is a crazy fan of dogs, cats and other cute in-house pets. She’s also the founder of NolongerWild.com where you can read more about pet breeds, training and behavior.