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Tips For A Healthy Coat For Dogs

A healthy coat for dogs is not only for their appearance but also for their health. Dogs need a healthy coat to protect them from the elements and to look their best. This article looks at the signs of an unhealthy coat and how you can best promote a healthy coat in your four-legged friend.


What Does A Healthy Coat Look Like?

Despite the wide variation in type and texture of dog coats across breeds, a healthy dog coat generally shares the same characteristics. Dog coats in good health are shiny and smooth. The fur should feel soft and have a glossy appearance. A healthy dog coat should not be greasy or appear sparse.


Signs Of An Unhealthy Dog Coat

Dogs with unhealthy coats are likely to exhibit the following signs:

  • Dull coat
  • Dry skin or fur
  • Lumps
  • Matted fur
  • Excessive shedding
  • Bald spots
  • Open sores


Ways To Keep Your Dog's Coat Healthy And Shiny

Here are some tips for keeping your dog's coat healthy and looking great.

Nutritious Meals

A balanced diet that includes protein, essential fatty acids (omega-3s, omega-6s), and carbohydrates is necessary for dog skin and coat health. These add-ons can be useful if you wish to feed your pet high-quality food:

  • Clean protein: For example, fully-cooked chicken, turkey, and fish 
  • Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids
  • Eggs
Daily Brushing

Daily brushing is an essential part of keeping your dog's coat healthy. It will prevent tangles and mats and help distribute natural oils in the coat. Daily brushing also helps get rid of dead hair that may cause skin problems such as hot spots and yeast infections. To ensure a silky, tangle-free coat, brush your dog thoroughly before and after bathing in addition to your regular brushing routine.

Use The Right Shampoo

You should use the right shampoo for your dog's coat since some shampoos are too harsh on their skin, while others may leave behind residue after drying that could irritate them further down the road if left untreated. Consult your veterinarian about the best shampoo for your dog if you notice dryness or flaky skin issues with your pet's fur. 

Appropriate Bathing

Consistency is vital in bathing, but the frequency is equally essential. Your dog's breed and coat type will determine how often you should bathe them. Frequent baths could strip your dog's natural oils if you bathe them too often. Generally, most breeds should have a bath every month, but your dog's groomer will be able to tell you what's best for your canine companion.

Consult A Vet

The moment you notice your dog's coat is not only looking dull but also feeling brittle and shedding excessively, you should call the vet. You may be able to improve the quality of your pet's fur by changing their diet or grooming practices, but you should have them checked out by a veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical issues.


Your Furry Friend Will Look Brand New After Spending Some Time With Us

At Pet Me Scratch Me Onalaska, we know that pets are an essential part of your life. That's why we offer a full range of services to ensure that they are well taken care of so you can spend more time with them. Our offerings include dog boarding, daycare, and pet grooming to keep your pets happy and healthy. 

Give us a call or visit our website to book an appointment for your furry pal today!


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