Keep Your Dog’s Coat Looking Fresh

Dogs are beautiful creatures, and make incredible pets. They’ll be your new best friend and never leave your side. – You should do the same for them, and that includes taking care of them because they can’t always do that themselves.

Our boy Scrap. Photo: Keith Newhouse / photoplatform

One way you can take good care of them is by making sure their coat is healthy. Not only will they look great, but they’ll feel even better.

Whether your dog’s fur is long or short, smooth or coarse, you want to do all you can to make it look as luxurious and ravishing as can be. Shiny hair means healthy hair. Here’s what you need to do.

Nutrition

There are so many different types and brands of dog food out there, it’s hard to know which one to believe. Most of them all claim to do different things, while believe it or not, they all contain similar ingredients. When buying their food, make sure you do the right research based on their breed, age, size and any other health factors that may be relevant.

Fleas and Ticks

Take the appropriate steps to prevent fleas and ticks working their way into your animal’s fur. Tick and flea treatment for dogs consists of medication, ointments, shampoos and pills. Keeping them away from your pups will give your dog a stress-free life from constant itching, redness and swelling, meaning the fur can grow naturally how it should, without any disturbance. We get tailored flea, tick and worm treatment on prescription from our Vet. Scrapper is weighed so we know the exact right dosage, perfect for him.

If you find a tick in your dogs fur, don’t try to remove it yourself. The tick’s head could be left under your dog’s skin and cause serious infection or disease. Take your dog to your vet, where they will be able to remove the tick safely and quickly.

Allergies

If your dog is allergic to something, it may affect their skin and fur because of all the scratching. The more they scratch, the more the skin becomes tender, resulting in damaged tissue which will prevent normal hair growth, leaving it looking thin and unattractive. Bathing, shampooing and conditioning can help with this, but you should go to the vets and figure out what the real cause of the allergy is. That way you will have more of an idea on how to treat the problem.

Brushing

Regularly brushing your dog’s fur will help distribute their natural oils back into their skin. Brushing will also help remove any loose or tangled fur that if left, can end up in hair loss from knotting. Make sure you don’t just use any old brush though; there are different types depending on your dog’s fur type and length. Another wonderful benefit is that it creates a bonding moment between you and your buddy, which is, in doggy terms, known as grooming. You may find that your pal licks you as you brush their fur – this is them grooming you back. I like to brush Scrappers fur outside in the summer,if possible! If I end up brushing him inside, I know that I need to have our pet hair friendly vacuum cleaner at the ready!

Our little Scrapper.

As you can see, keeping your dog’s coat beautiful will not only benefit their fur, but their general health too. This will also keep your dog’s stress levels down because they don’t have any irritation or discomfort. Stress itself will cause your dog to gnaw away at their fur, so as long as you do all you can to bring up a happy pup that gets plenty of exercise, water and lots of love, there’s no reason they won’t grow up to be a stunning stallion with a coat that you could only ever dream of.

 

Author: Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

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