Hello fellow dog lovers! Just like we humans, health starts from the inside out for animals too! As we grow up, we are taught to take care of our bodies in order to stay healthy. The same applies to our furry pets! Owning a dog means that you have to pay attention to multiple factors of its wellbeing. The most obvious way to notice your dog’s health is by looking at its skin & coat. If your dog shows any signs of itchy skin, it indicates that there’s an internal issue.
There are some steps you can take on a regular basis that will help you keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy, and your pet along with it. These tips will have your dog’s coat looking gorgeous!
Getting Your Dog the Proper Nutrition
Nutrition can make a huge impact on the appearance of your dog’s fur coat. Healthy foods with limited preservatives, low carbs and the proper supplements can contribute to a dog’s shiny coat.
Brush Your Dog Regularly
Brushing your dog's coat regularly will keep dandruff and oils from building up on their skin; which can cause patchy hair growth and skin issues. If you have a dog breed where you’re seeing a lot of shedding, try a deshedding brush to keep their undercoat thinned out. It can keep that hair off your couch!
Bathe Your Dog Regularly
Bathing your dog once or twice a month is plenty; as too much bathing can cause other health problems. But, consistent washing will keep their fur shiny and healthy.
Using Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural oil that is a remedy for many ailments. It works from the inside out as a healthy fat, so you can add it to dog food or give a spoonful as a treat. Coconut oil also has topical benefits when you massage it into their skin for a nice moisture boost!
Take Precautions Against Parasites
Protecting your dog from getting ticks and fleas will prevent them from scratching, biting and picking at their skin. Keeping these bugs off of them will also prevent your dog from contracting the nasty diseases those bugs can carry.
Bathe your dog with specific tick shampoos that are available in the market. Just make sure it is low on toxins; as some dogs may fall sick if they lick the shampoo.
Give Healthy Treats
Although we know it is tempting to give your pets the food we eat (especially when they beg for a taste), it’s really not a good idea. Human food isn’t totally off the table, but do your research. Dogs are allergic to certain human foods like Chocolate, Caffeine, Grapes, Onions and Garlic. Small treats like cranberries and almonds can be a good idea! They’re small, and will nutritionally make your pet’s coat shine.
Occasional Oatmeal Baths
Oatmeal has incredible nourishing, soothing and moisturizing properties. Adding oatmeal to your dog's bath can soothe their skin if they suffer from seasonal allergies, or if they’ve been irritated by an outside source. It’s also very calming for dogs who might be a little amped up. If your dog’s skin seems like it needs some extra love, try an oatmeal bath.
You can take all the care in the world; but sometimes your dog’s coat needs a little extra something to keep it healthy. Adding soft chews like supplements for their skin and coat is a great idea. Supplements can add nutritional value to regular dog diets that the natural ingredients miss to offer.
Talk to Your Vet
Ultimately, visiting the vet on a consistent basis is the best way to keep tags on your dog’s overall health. If you notice a severe issue with your dog’s skin or coat, the vet can be the best option because they can give you resources or medication if it’s necessary. You should also let your vet know if you have added or want to add dietary supplements and “human” food to its diet.
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