Creating a beautiful coat on your dog, so it’s healthy and shiny can be tough. Your dog’s hygiene is an integral part of that. Keep in mind that getting their coat to its healthiest point takes time. Canine Couture is here to keep your best friend looking and feeling good. Here are the top 9 tips for keeping your dog’s coat healthy.
A Protein Diet is Key
A dog’s coat has 90% protein. If your dog’s coat lacks shine, it’s probably the result of poor-quality protein. Proteins add health and luster to hair. Thus, less protein intake can harm your dog’s coat health. When buying dog food, look for protein as a primary ingredient. Chicken or lamb is best for your dog’s protein requirements. Make grains, animal by-products, and preservatives secondary to rich protein-based food. Look at pet food labels and ensure protein is the primary ingredient.
Some medications and topicals have unnatural ingredients that may cause adverse side effects. Diet and nutrition are great ways to keep your dog’s coat glossy and healthy. If your dog suffers from constant itching, biting, and licking sheds hair coats, or gets serious infections, consult your veterinarian for advice on how natural supplements might help.
Pamper Your Dog with Oils and Omega
An omega-rich diet benefits your dog’s skin. Look for food containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to combat dry skin, hair loss, and general irritation. Alternatively, you can add fish, fish oil, or flaxseed oil to your dog’s bowl. If your dog is keen on eating fresh fish, serve your canine friend a small amount of raw or cooked fish (sardines, tuna, or salmon are suitable) to improve the dog’s coat. Do this slowly, as overdoing it may cause an upset stomach. Watch your pet’s tolerance to this diet pattern for a week and increase the portions appropriately. You can also mix one teaspoon of flaxseed or fish oil into your dog’s diet, or consider adding popular vegetable oils like sunflower oil, safflower oil, rapeseed oil, or supplements to your puppy’s diet to increase the omega power. Always consult your veterinarian first.
Pay Attention to Pet Grooming
That’s where we come in. At Canine Couture, our professionally trained staff knows how to make your dog look beautiful. A well-groomed and bathed dog is a happier dog. Their coat is healthier, and with their nails trimmed and ears cleaned, they will feel lighter on their paws. Regularly brushing your dog will enhance skin oil production, energize the skin, and promote hair follicles’ growth. Invest in a quality standard hairbrush to care for your dog’s coat. Once a week, bathe your dog with organic pet shampoos containing natural ingredients. It will help preserve your dog’s coat and reduce skin irritation or itching. Avoid shampooing your dog’s eyes in the bathing ritual.
Consider an Oatmeal Bath to Calm Dry and Itchy Skin
Summer heat and staying in dust-prone environments can make your dog’s skin feel anxious and itchy. An oatmeal bath can relieve your dog’s irritable skin with inbuilt Vitamin E for soft and shiny skin. Your favorite pet store will have a good selection of dog shampoos.
Massage Dogs Coat with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the best remedies to nourish dehydrated skin and hair. Apply it to your dog’s coat for an instant and healthy shine. Additionally, coconut oil prevents skin infections and locks in moisture after a lukewarm bath. You may also try adding a few drops of coconut oil to the shampoo for a smooth effect. For internal intake, put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your dog meals for healthy digestion and moisturized skin.
Fitness is so Important for your Animal
Aside from a balanced diet and grooming, take your dog out for regular walks and workouts. Your pet must practice daily exercise like humans for a toned body. Exercise also makes your dog a friendly animal, relieves stress and built up energy, and visibly improves its outward appearance, eyes, tail, face, and healthy coat.
Protect your Pets from Pests!
Ticks and fleas can irritate your dog’s skin, triggering scratch-and-bite and allergic reactions. While flea control may seem like a massive task, regularly vacuum, then wash their bedding to keep your place free of pests and bugs. Look at the areas where dogs frequent and keep that outside area pruned and cut. This will reduce the number of fleas that can hop on your dog from the outside.
Consult Your Vet for Your Pup’s Skin Health
Most medical issues in pets can affect skin health. Pesky parasites like tapeworms, body infections, and thyroid problems can cause distressing dog coats. Stress and anxiety can also lead to an unhealthy coat. If your dog is constantly irritated with flaky and itchy skin, book an appointment with a qualified veterinarian for effective remedies.
At Canine Couture, we want to keep your pet’s coat healthy. We bathe and groom them, so they return to you clean and prepped for all the affection they deserve. Refer to these 9 tips for keeping your dog’s coat healthy. To learn more about how Canine Couture can help, submit an inquiry or schedule an appointment online. You can also reach us by phone at 404-301-8344 or by Email.
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