A dog's coat can tell you a lot about the health of the dog. If a dog's fur is shiny without any dryness in the skin, that is one sign that the dog is in good health.
Besides paying attention to your dogs' appetite, eyes, ears, and bathroom habits, you need to pay attention to how they look.
What does a healthy coat for dogs look like? If your dogs aren't looking as good as they should, stick with us to learn how to make sure they all have a beautiful, healthy coat.
Dog Hair Care
Besides providing your dogs with good quality food, water, and shelter, don't forget proper grooming. This is especially important for dogs with long or thick hair or for double-coated dogs. What can you do to ensure your dog has the shiny, glossy coat he or she should have without a lot of shedding?
1. Feed a High-Quality Food
Proper nutrition shows on the outside. Dogs have specific nutritional needs. Whether you choose to cook for your dogs or buy commercial dog food, it is important to give them the proper amount and type of protein and a mix of fats, vitamins, minerals, and carbs. Balanced nutrition will keep them healthy on the inside and will show on the outside.
Depending on the type of coat your dog has, daily brushing helps to keep the coat nice and shiny. Brushing stimulates the skin and hair follicles which leads to the secretion of the natural oils in the skin.
Just like humans, dogs need daily exercise. Get into the routine of taking your dog on a daily walk or a run around the dog park.
4. Regular Baths
Don't bathe your dogs too much. You may dry out the skin. If you use a groomer regularly, only bathe your dogs if they get into something or get dirty while outside.
5. Check for Parasites
Check your dog regularly for fleas and ticks. Their bites may irritate the skin and cause itching and hot spots.
6. Healthy Oils
Vitamin E, coconut oil, or olive oil added to your dogs' food can keep their coats looking healthy and moisturized.
7. Herbal Supplements
Consult your vet first, but supplements like horsetail and spirulina will give your dogs soft fur and healthy skin.
8. Oatmeal Bath
If your dog has allergies or some other irritant on the skin, an oatmeal bath will soothe the skin.
Now You Know How to Achieve a Healthy Coat for Dogs
If you're craving a healthy coat for dogs in your home, now you know what you have to do to get there. Do you know who can help you keep your dogs looking dog-show ready?
We at Trimmed Pets offer full in-home pet grooming. We come to you for stress-free grooming for your four-legged friends. Our services include dog and cat grooming, petsitting, anal gland extraction, de-shedding, and flea and tick treatment.
Call us with questions or contact us to set up an appointment. Your furry friend will thank you.
Allison Johnson is the Owner and Founder of Trimmed Pets. Trimmed is an all women led and operated Mobile Grooming Business servicing the greater Portland Metro area in Oregon.