As award-winning pet brand markeeters, we’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best experts in the pet industry, including dog groomers, vets, dog shampoo brands, dog food producers and dog nutritionists. Along the way, we’ve picked up some fabulous tips and simple ways to keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. Here are six tips to ensure your pup shines!
Groom your dog
Brushing your dog will help encourage a healthy coat and healthy skin. Frequent grooming will help keep your dog’s coat healthy and, depending on the coat type, will keep long coats tangle and knot-free. Even if your dog has a short coat, regular grooming is beneficial for bonding with your dog and coat health. A good grooming regime will involve brushing your dog and checking over them for any ticks, fleas, scratches, lumps and bumps. Frequent grooming can help stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and encourage healthy coat growth. Regular grooming also helps remove dead skin cells, scurf, dirt and dandruff to help prevent itchy skin and promote good skin health.
Bathe your dog regularly
Frequent bathing can remove the natural oils that keep your dog’s coat healthy, but bathing your dog regularly with a quality conditioning dog shampoo can be beneficial to keeping your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. Avoid human shampoo, even baby shampoo. These are formulated for human use, and your dog’s skin has an entirely different PH level, which makes their skin barrier more sensitive than ours. Whether you choose an eco-friendly dog shampoo or an anti-itch shampoo, make sure that you always select as much as possible natural pet products and rinse out the coat thoroughly following bath time.
Give your pup healthy treats
In the world of dog treats, there are good and bad. There are hundreds of dog treats on the market, but not all are good for your dog’s healthy digestion or balanced diet. Choose natural dog treats that promote skin and coat health and aid digestion. Dry skin can benefit from treats containing omega-3 fatty acids and coconut oil.
Protect your dog against parasites for a shiny and healthy coat
It makes sense to ensure that you regularly protect your dog against parasites. External parasites such as fleas can cause hair loss and skin irritation as your dog scratches away. Regularly worming your dog (as recommended by your vet) will help keep skin issues at bay. Internal parasites left untreated can become a significant medical issue over time. A dog with worms may have a change in coat condition, dehydrated skin and a swollen tummy, but if your dog presents any unusual physical or behavioural signs, always seek veterinary advice.
Provide him with quality food
Shiny coats are a sign of optimal health. Goodness comes from within, but unfortunately, many commercial dog foods are not made with the finest ingredients, fillers and additives and don’t provide the vital nutrients your dog needs. Healthy foods might be more expensive, but they are the best foods for your pet, and your dog’s long-term health will likely improve. You can supplement your dog’s food with vegetables and some fruits. A teaspoon of coconut oil and fish oils or adding flaxseed oil to your dog’s diet can help improve a dull coat and help with the production of skin oils. Some poor-quality food can produce skin allergies in dogs and can cause irritated skin.
Fit For Life!
Pet parents want the best for their dogs, and a healthy fit dog has a healthy dog coat! Make sure you exercise your dog regularly daily to help keep your dog happy and healthy. Exercise helps avoid future medical conditions such as obesity or behavioural issues developing and is part of the joys of having your fur friend! Exercise promotes a glossy coat and is an easy skincare step for your dog’s overall well-being and health!