There are various factors which play an integral part in the overall health and wellness of our fury friends and taking special care to ensure that they have a healthy skin and coat is no exception. But, a healthy coat does not entirely depend on bathing and grooming your dog, it starts with a healthy and balanced diet.
Although you may find a good quality kibble that is rich in essential fatty acids (which is good for a healthy skin and coat), you may wish to consider supplementing your pup’s food with a variety of power foods. PetsWell Pantry’s fresh, organic foods contain a variety of power foods, which are very beneficial not only to their general health, but also to a healthy skin and coat.
Organic Coconut Oil
It has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and heals damage caused by fleas, fungal skin disorders and mange. It also offers a variety of other benefits, such as healthy weight, memory and energy metabolism.
The oil may be added to your pet’s food on a daily basis, or it may be used topically and applied to your pet’s coat. When it is added to their food, you would need to ensure that the correct quantity is added in respect of your pet’s body weight and when applying it to their coat, you should rub the oil on your hands and then apply it to your pup’s coat.
Carrots are a well-known source of lutein and are very beneficial for the skin.
Organic Peanut Butter – Unsweetened
This is an excellent source of protein and Omega 3’s and it is very healthy for dogs.
100% Grass-Fed Beef
It contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which promotes a healthy skin and coat and it contains five times more Omega 3 fatty acids. Both Omega 3 and CLA are essential fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties. It also promotes a healthy weight and it is free from antibiotics, hormones and vaccinations.
Organic Flax Seed
It contains all three fatty acids, as well as 3, 6 and 9. It also contains lignans, which offers a powerful anti-cancer benefit.
You also need to ensure that you are well educated in the breed you have adopted and what their dietary and grooming needs are. It is also important to be aware of the signs of a healthy and an unhealthy coat.
Signs of a Healthy Coat
When your pet’s coat is healthy, it should appear soft, smooth and shiny. Even if your pup has short or wired hair, their coat should still appear relatively smooth. Their coat should not appear greasy or have a strong odor.
Signs of an Unhealthy Coat
When your pet’s coat is unhealthy, there may be a lot of loose hair in their coat and the hair will appear dry and brittle. The coat may appear greasy or “dusty” and have an unpleasant smell. You may also notice some bald spots.
There may be times when you notice that your furry friend does not smell too nice and the reason for this is that odor occurs when there is a build-up of oil and bacteria on a dog’s coat. But a nice bath will take care of this odor.
Although you may prefer or enjoy having your furry friend smell clean and fresh all the time, excessive bathing is not good for dogs. Bathing them too often can leave their skin dry and irritated. You only need to bathe your pooch once a month, unless he or she is exceptionally dirty.
It is also important to invest in a decent pet shampoo, as these are specially formulated for dogs. It is advisable to get advice about the best shampoo to use for your pup, as there is quite a big variety and you may even need to use a shampoo for dogs with sensitive skin.
Never consider using soaps or shampoo’s made for humans, as the chemicals found in these products may be harmful to your pet’s skin. You can purchase pet shampoo from various pet speciality stores or from your local Veterinarian.
You have a few options available when it comes to grooming your pooch. You may take our pet to your local Veterinarian or to a qualified pet groomer. Qualified groomers are familiar with the grooming needs of different breeds and they can also cut their nails and clean their ears.
You may also choose to do the grooming yourself, which will prove to be valuable quiet time for you and your pup. You will find that your pup absolutely loves the attention. If you are familiar with cutting their nails, you may do this at the same time. However, if you are not very familiar with this, it is advisable to take them to your local Veterinarian or a qualified groomer.
Brushing is probably the most important part of the grooming process. It is both enjoyable and also very good for your pet. When we brush their coats, it stimulates the skin and also removes loose hair from the coat. This is also a very relaxing experience for your pup.
If your furry friend has short hair, you may groom him or her regularly, as this will remove loos hair and stimulate your pet in more ways than one. However, if your pooch has long hair, like a Collie, an Afghan Hound, or a Pomeranian, you should brush your pup twice a week.
Many breeds also tend to shed a lot of hair and this is more common amongst short-haired breeds than breeds with longer hair. If your pup sheds a lot of hair, you should brush your pup at least once a week.
There are a wide variety of grooming tools, combs, gloves and brushes available and it is important that you choose the correct brush for your pet. The two most common brushes you may find is a fine spaced brush and a wide spaced brush.
A brush with fine spaced bristles is normally used for combing more sensitive areas i.e. around the face and a brush with wide spaced bristles is normally used to brush the top and/or outer layer of the coat.
The best and safest practice would be to ask your local Veterinarian or a qualified groomer to recommend the correct grooming tools for your pet, so you and your pup may enjoy some valuable quality time together!
Love, The PetsWell Team