Maintaining a Healthy Coat

Maintaining a Healthy Coat

Various factors impact the overall health and wellness of our furry friends, and ensuring that they have a healthy coat and skin truly matters. But a shiny coat doesn’t begin with bathing and grooming your dog: It starts with a healthy and balanced diet.

Although you may find good-quality kibble that is rich in essential fatty acids (which is good for a healthy skin and coat), you should consider supplementing your pup's diet. Why? Well, a variety of powerfoods can benefit an animal’s general health and contribute to a healthy coat and skin. (PetsWell products contain more than a few such powerfoods.) Consider the effects of ... 

  • 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, contributing to a healthy weight, memory, and metabolism. You can add it to your pet's food on a daily basis or use it topically. When adding it to food, you need to ensure that the you’re using the correct quantity for your pet’s body weight. When applying it to a coat, simply rub the oil on your hands and then work it in manually.

  • Organic Carrots

       Carrots are a well known source of lutein and very beneficial for the skin.

  • Organic Peanut Butter - Unsweetened

       This is an excellent source of protein and Omega 3, and dogs love it!

  • 100 Percent Grass-Fed Beef

      It contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which promotes a healthy coat and skin, and it     contains a high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids. Both Omega 3 and CLA are essential fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties. It also promotes a healthy weight and is free from antibiotics, hormones, and vaccinations.    

  • Organic Flax Seed

It contains all three fatty acids. It also contains lignans, which provide a powerful anti-cancer benefit.

You also need to ensure that you know your pet’s dietary and grooming needs. It is 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 wiry hair, its coat should still seem relatively smooth. A coat should not look greasy or have a strong odor.

Signs of an Unhealthy Coat

When your pet's coat is unhealthy, you may find a lot of loose or dry and brittle hair. The coat may appear greasy or "dusty" and have an unpleasant smell. You may also notice some bald spots.

Odor

Sometimes your furry friend may not smell nice, and this occurs when a buildup of oil and bacteria collects on a dog's coat. A nice bath will take care of it.

Bathing

Although you may 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.

Invest in a decent pet shampoo, one specially formulated for dogs. Get advice about the best shampoo to use on your pup. There is a wide range of options, and you may even need to use a shampoo for dogs with sensitive skin.

Never use soaps or shampoos made for humans. The chemicals found in these products may harm your pet's skin. You can purchase pet shampoo from various pet speciality stores or from your local veterinarian.

Grooming

You have a few options when it comes to grooming your pooch. You may take your pet to a local veterinarian or 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 can serve as valuable quiet time for you and your pup. You will find that your pup absolutely loves the attention. If you know how to cut its nails, you may do so at the same time. However, if you aren’t very familiar with this task, consider visiting a veterinarian or qualified groomer. Poor trimming can prove painful!

Brushing

Brushing is probably the most important part of the grooming process. It is both enjoyable and good for your pet. When we brush our pets’ coats, it stimulates the skin and removes loose hair. If your furry friend has short hair, you may groom him or her regularly. However, if your pooch is a breed with long hair (like a collie, an Afghan hound, or a Pomeranian), you should brush it twice a week.

Many breeds also shed a lot of hair, and this tends to be more common amongst short-haired breeds. If your pup sheds a lot, you should brush it at least once a week.

Pet stores and online retailers offer a wide variety of grooming tools, combs, gloves, and brushes, and it is important that you choose the correct brush for your pet. The two most common brushes you may find are finely spaced and widely spaced brushes. A brush with finely spaced bristles is normally used for combing more sensitive areas (i.e., around the face), while a brush with widely spaced bristles typically grooms the top and/or outer layer of the coat.

The best bet 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—and safe!—quality time together.

Love, The PetsWell Team
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