For us humans, a big part of our personal health involves skin and hair care. After all, self-care is key to maintaining a happy and healthy life! Just like us, our dogs could benefit exponentially from a little extra skin and coat care.
A shiny, smooth coat is a straightforward indicator that a dog is well taken care of and in good health. If you’ve noticed that your pup’s coat has lately been dry, rustled, and a little dull, there are a number of ways you can bring it to great condition.
If you’ve been looking for ways to improve your dog’s coat, look no further- we’ve compiled a handful of our top tips on keeping your pup’s coat as healthy as it can be!
Every dog’s coat is different from the next, and they should be treated as such. After all, a samoyed will have vastly different coat requirements compared to a short haired chihuahua. Getting to know your dog’s coat and its needs is the first step to bringing them to optimal health.
Unsurprisingly, your dog’s bathing habits have a lot to do with their skin and coat health. Factors such as your dog’s coat type, what you bathe them with, how often you bathe them, and how you bathe them all play a part in your furry friend’s coat health.
When evaluating your dog’s bathing routine, make sure you’re certain what their coat type is. Breeds with sensitive skin should be bathed less often and with a natural, low-chemical shampoo. On the other hand, breeds with thicker coats require more time and effort in their bathing routines, needing frequent brushing and a monthly bath.
A part of your dog’s bathing routine is the process of bathing. A few key things to remember when bathing your dog include:
For a more detailed breakdown of bathing your dog:Grooming Your Dog At Home.
A healthy dog’s coat is composed primarily of the protein Keratin and dead cells. When a dog is fed a diet lacking a sufficient amount of protein, their coat will pay the price. For this reason, it’s no wonder that many kibble-fed dogs have lackluster skin and coat health.
To boost the production of the protein Keratin and get your dog’s coat nice and shiny, a natural raw diet is the best way to go. Processed dog foods, especially kibble, are made of more carbohydrates than protein. This insufficient amount of protein is what causes a dull, dry, and smelly coat.
The best diet to keep your pup’s coat, and their entire body, healthy is a natural raw diet. Raw dog food is complete and balanced with just the right amount of nutrients to keep your dog happy and healthy. The density of protein in a raw diet brings dogs a shiny, smooth, odorless coat, alongside alist of other benefits.
We’ve already discussed how diet plays a large factor in your dog’s skin and coat health. Supplements are a great way to boost your pup’s health when used in tandem with a healthy diet! Here are a few of our favorites:
Stress is known for being extremely detrimental to our overall health, and the same goes for dogs. In fact,research done by scientists at Yale has demonstrated that stress can shorten one’s lifespan. If stress is a regular thing for your dog, you may have to analyze how you’re dealing with their emotional health.
A dry, brittle coat and flaky skin are just a few symptoms your dog may experience from stress. Not only can stress ignite these problems in the first place- they can make it worse if your dog licks at their skin to soothe themselves.
Some dogs may have anxiety problems- and that’s perfectly okay. However, extra care needs to be put into nervous dogs. Anxiety wraps, CBD oil, treats, and more are all a few little things you can do to calm your dog’s nerves. Sometimes, excessive nervousness can be caused by a deep-rooted issue. In these cases, it’s best to consult a trainer or aholistic veterinarian to get to the bottom of it.
Read More:Natural Tips to Ease Your Dog’s Anxiety
Lastly, in order to give your dog a healthy skin and coat, make sure to protect their skin and coat! If your dog has little to no fur, apply doggy-safe sunscreen when you go out in the sun. If you’re taking a trip somewhere doggy-populated, spray some apple cider vinegar on your pup to scare off fleas, which can irritate your dog’s skin.
Remember, every dog is different and will require a different routine care. The most important thing to do for your pup is research their coat type and adjust accordingly, giving them exactly what they need to be the happiest pup they can!