Your dog’s coat is like a canary in a coal mine. When you see the fur is not looking healthy, then chances are something is going on with your dog’s overall health.
When they have a tired-looking coat or are shedding more than normal, you have to get to work and take some steps to correct it.
It isn’t just about looking good. It’s about your dog being in peak condition for health and happiness.
In this article, I will highlight some ways you should be taking care of your doggo’s coat for a delighted fur ball.
Start with the diet
What your dog eats is the foundation for a healthy coat. The specific type of food will vary according to the breed and age of your dog so I can’t say exactly what food they should be eating.
But, make sure that the food is as all-natural and as lightly processed as possible, whether it is dehydrated dog food, or wet.
Some things to look out for is food high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Protein such as salmon is very high in Omega 3 and zinc for a healthy shine and hydrated skin. If your dog has allergies then make sure to pick hypoallergenic dog food.
Think of it like this. If you read the list of ingredients it should be easy to pronounce with easily identifiable foods. A bonus is if it sounds like something you may also want to eat!
Your dog’s coat relies on natural oils to keep the fur moisturized and strong. This requires brushing the fur out to distribute the natural oils so they can be absorbed by the follicles.
Brushing also stimulates the skin which increases circulation bringing nourishing blood flow to the roots of the fur. The fur will get a boost of nutrients and oxygen to help it grow.
You’ll notice the fur has a healthy sheen to it after a few brushings.
Brushing also removed dead skin cells so the pores get unclogged and more apt to provide nutrients to the root. Loose furs will also be removed that helps the skin breath.
You’ll need to use the right brush depending on the type of coat you are dealing with.
Bathing your dog is a good opportunity to introduce some grooming products that will improve the condition of the skin and fur.
Before you bathe your pooch, make sure to brush out the fur to avoid creating tangles that can be painful.
Use a dog shampoo that contains things like Vitamin E and colloidal oatmeal. Vitamin E is an excellent moisturizer that will hydrate the skin and fur making it strong. Oatmeal is a good way to gently remove dead skin cells.
After shampooing a conditioner can be used to further strengthen the fur and protect it from future damage. It doesn’t hurt to use a scented shampoo or conditioner, but make sure that the fragrances are natural to avoid any irritation.