Your dog is nicest to cuddle when he’s clean, soft and smelling fresh. It’s important that you look after his skin and coat, not just for you but for him. If he is properly cared for, he will be much more comfortable and not plagued by rashes or itches. Here are some pet grooming tips that will make it easier for you to keep your much loved dog’s coat healthy and happy.
Use the Right Brush
There are many dog brushes available on the market, each designed for a different coat type. It makes sense; you wouldn’t use the same brush on a long haired German Shepherd, for example, that you’d use on a very short coated Whippet. Some breeds, such as the Airedale Terrier, need their coat stripped, or the loose hair removed. Again, there’s a special brush for this purpose. By using the correct brush for your dog’s coat type, it will remove loose hair without traumatizing his skin.
Use the Right Shampoo
Most dogs do well with a mild, soap free shampoo but there are some individuals that benefit from something with therapeutic ingredients. Itchy dogs can find relief from oatmeal based shampoos and leave-in conditioners. Dogs with skin infections may need a shampoo with an antibacterial or anti-fungal ingredient. You may also find these shampoos need to be left on for a period of time before rinsing, to let their active ingredients do their job. If your much loved canine companion has a skin problem, chat to your vet about the right shampoo for him.
Use the Right Frequency of Bathing
How often should you wash your dog? For a dog with normal healthy skin, you can wash him only as needed. This may be every two weeks or every month. If he isn’t particularly dirty, you may just want to give him a rinse with some clean water. On the other hand, those dogs that suffer from allergies or skin infections benefit from more frequent washing to remove allergens from the skin and to control bacteria.
Use Good Parasite Control
No amount of pet grooming tips are going to have any effect unless you keep fleas under control. These little parasites bite dogs and drink their blood and while they do so, they cause severe itching. This then leads to scratching, hair loss, skin irritation and infection. Reliable flea control is essential in keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy and again, your vet can recommend a good product to use.
Don’t Forget the Importance of Nutrition
Just as important as what you use on the outside of your dog, is what you put inside him. A poor diet can result in a dull, dry brittle coat. When it comes to dog food, you do get what you pay for, and the better quality foods tend to cost a little more. Choose a food that is nutritionally balanced and contains good quality ingredients and you’ll see a positive result in the condition of your dog’s coat.
It does take a little time and effort to care for your dog’s skin and coat, but the results are well worth it with a happy, healthy dog that is a pleasure to cuddle.