Do you consider yourself to be a good dog owner? Would you say that your pooch is happy? You know, these days anyone can be a dog owner. And even though there are many great people who care and love their pets, there are those who are less considerate. There are those who neglect their pets. And you have to make sure that you never ever fall down into that category. Of course, one aspect of dog ownership is taking care of their hygiene, and keeping their skin clean is a huge part of that. A clean dog with shiny and healthy skin is a happy dog. So let’s see what you can do to make your pooch’s coat as clean as possible.
If you want your dog’s skin to be up to standard, you have to groom it regularly. By regular grooming, you are maintaining your pooch’s coat and skin health. Remember that dogs aren’t like cats and they won’t spend much time grooming themselves. That’s where you need to step in. Also, be aware of the fact that the longer their coat is, the more often you’ll need a brush. Of course, dogs with very little hair require a gentle groom every now and then. When brushing, check if their skin and coat are okay. A healthy coat is soft and shiny no matter the breed.
Poor nutrition can lead to numerous health issues. And it can also influence the quality of your dog’s skin and coat. Therefore, make sure that you are paying close attention to the ingredients in your dog’s food. Look for foods that are made of tuna, sardines or salmon because these are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids do wonders when it comes to maintaining a healthy coat. Another good thing to do here would be to look for quality dog supplies online and order some supplements to further aid your dog’s diet. Remember, you always select only the best products for yourself when you visit the grocery store. The same should apply to your pooch.
Another important aspect of your dog’s hygiene is the number of baths you provide for it. However, some owners bathe their dogs too often and that can be extremely dangerous! Do know that bathing your pup too often will rid its skin of its essential coat oils. You’ll actually harm your pooch that way. One bath per month is quite enough. Apply a natural, moisturizing conditioner (find one with vitamin E if possible) to soothe both the skin and hair or fur. Also, do know that giving your dog an oatmeal bath serves as a great way to revitalize dull fur. Oatmeal baths are common among dogs who are suffering from skin conditions but you’ll do no harm to your pup even if its skin is fine. On the contrary, its skin will only benefit from it.
If you notice that something’s wrong with your pup’s skin, take it to your vet because there is a high chance of tick or flea presence. These parasites irritate the skin which automatically makes your pooch scratch it and bites it. In return, your dog ends up with red spots and damaged coat. If you don’t get rid of these parasites, the coat will get thinner as the time goes by. And that is something neither you nor your dog want. So, as soon as you spot something suspicious, do not hesitate to consult a professional.
If you want your dog to have a shiny coat, applying coconut oil is what you need to do. Coconut oil does wonders when it comes to your dog’s coat. Not only does it makes the coat shiny but it also helps fight infections and moisturizes dry skin. Massage your dog’s fur with coconut oil for a few minutes after a bath to lock in the moisture. You can even add a few drops to your pup’s shampoo. Also, add a teaspoon of coconut oil a day to your puppy's food to enhance the coat’s look and also aid your pup’s digestion.
Your dog won’t be happy if it’s not healthy. And one aspect of its health is the quality of its skin and coat. Some may say that it’s not the most important thing but it certainly needs to be a priority. Follow these tips and you’ll see how beautiful your dog’s fur can be.