Ways to Care for Your Dog's Skin and Coat
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Ways to Care for Your Dog's Skin and Coat

It is not uncommon for dogs to develop problems with the skin and coat. There are many reasons a dog's skin and coat may become dull and flaky. You can help your dog to regain a healthy, shiny skin and coat.

There is a lot of responsibility in caring for your dog. A big part of that responsibility as a pet parent involves the care and maintenance of your dog’s skin and coat. Although the first step in raising a happy healthy and gorgeous looking pooch involves health care such as annual vet visits, exams and preventative medications/vaccinations, care of your pups skin and coat are also imperative.

For optimum nutrition of the skin and coat, your dog’s health should begin from the inside out. Make sure to feed your dog a good protein enriched diet with a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids which promotes a healthy skin and shiny coat. Good sustenance is one of the best things you can do for your dog.

In keeping your dog’s coat in a healthy condition, it is important, as well, to check your dog for internal parasites. Internal worm infestation can suck up all the essential nutrients from your dog. This causes the hair to lose its luster and shine, not to mention other serious health problems. Your vet can perform yearly fecal exams (more often in some areas) to check for parasites. Be sure to also monitor your dog for fleas and ticks. Parasites can make your pet feel miserable and uncomfortable, as well as damage his coat. Some parasites can have more devastating effects on your dog’s overall health. Be sure to have your dog checked regularly for any parasite infestation and follow any preventative regiments as prescribed by your doctor for optimum health of your dog.

Speaking as the professional groomer that I am, it is essential that your dog get regular grooming, no matter what type of coat he has. Various combs are available that are designed to remove mats and detangle long hair. Dog brushes remove dead surface hair and dander, and distribute the oil evenly on the skin. Rakes and combs tackle coats that have become matted. Always comb and brush your dog before bathing, because the mat will shrink and tighten after being exposed to water, making it virtually impossible to remove.

Many breeds of dogs need regular bathing in between their professional grooming. Others need it only periodically. Bathing too often is not recommended due to washing all the natural oils out of your dog’s coat. Usually when a dog starts to get that “doggy smell”, it is time for a bath. Be sure to use a good protein enriched dog shampoo. Products manufactured for people are too harsh for your pet's delicate skin, and the PH differs from that of a dog. Human shampoos are designed to strip the hair and skin of oil. That is something you do not want to do to your dog, which would result in dry, flaky skin and a dull looking coat. Be sure, after bathing, that you rinse your dog very well as soap residue will leave it with flaky skin and a dull coat. I hope all these tips have helped to keep your dog’s skin and coat looking and feeling in tip top shape.

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