Your dog’s coat helps protect it from the elements. It keeps your pet cool in the summer and warm in the winter; it is remarkable! However, it can only keep doing its job well if you, the owner, take care of it. Here are the tips you need to know to care for your dog’s coat best.
Give Your Dog a Healthy Diet
You might be surprised to learn that the first place to start is your dog’s diet. A healthy diet will influence what nutrients get to your dog’s skin and hair. If your dog has a well-rounded, fitting diet, then it will show in your dog’s coat.
Research Your Dog’s Breed
How you care for your dog’s coat partly depends on its breed. Before you take your dog home, you should already have read up on how to care for your new friend. However, dog coats can vary even within the breed, so the next step would be to evaluate your dog’s particular grooming needs.
Bathe Once a Month, Unless Otherwise Advised
It is generally recommended to bathe your dog once a month to avoid a greasy coat and that doggy smell. Of course, if your dog gets deep into a mud puddle, feel free to wash your pet as needed. Your vet and groomer can give you the ultimate advice on how often to bathe your dog.
Brush the Coat Routinely
Brushing is essential for preventing matting and removing shedding fur. How often you brush out the hair will depend on whether your dog has a long-haired coat, a thick undercoat, a shedding-prone coat, or a short coat. Long-haired breeds need more regular grooming, up to twice a week.
Use the Right Tools
The right shampoos, brushes, and combs will ensure you don’t accidentally destroy your dog’s coat and that you meet its needs. For instance, some shampoos address strong odors or skin issues. Different brushes aid different types of coats.
See a Vet for Skin Conditions
Do you notice your dog has a bald patch, dandruff, a growth, or another skin condition? Contact your vet first to evaluate the situation and see how to proceed.
Prevent Ticks and Fleas
Ticks and fleas can wreak havoc on your dog’s health and jump to other animals, never mind into your home. Preventative tick and flea medication will keep them at bay; if you’d like more information, please ask Everhart Veterinary Medicine!
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