How to Keep Your Dog's Fur Clean and Shiny
Having a dog with soft, shiny fur is truly a thing of beauty. But all too often it can seem like an impossible task to keep their coat looking its best.
With a few simple tips and tricks, we will show you how easy it is to keep your pup’s fur always looking clean and shiny.
Bathe Your Dog Regularly
Bathing your pup regularly is essential for keeping their fur clean, healthy and shiny. Look for a specialized dog shampoo that will add moisture and will not strip away natural oils.
While we do mention bathing your dog regularly, you should not bathe your pup every day – it can strip away their skin’s essential oils, and cause damage to the coat. The optimal bathing frequency for your pup is once or twice a month if they spend most of their time indoors.
Regular brushing is an important part of keeping your dog’s fur clean and healthy. Brushing helps to remove dead hair and other debris from their coat, as well as helps distribute oils throughout the coat for optimal shine.
Make sure you are using a brush that is suitable for your pup’s fur type, and brush from the skin outwards to ensure that the coat is brushed all the way through.
Feed Your Dog a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet is essential for your pup to maintain a healthy coat. Look for food that contains high-quality proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins and minerals like zinc, biotin, and vitamin E.
You can further nourish your pup’s fur with omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids supplements. However, make sure to administer them in moderation since too many of these supplements could lead to digestive issues for your furry friend.
Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be used both externally and internally, making your dog’s coat glossy and helping to fight off infections. After bathing them, you may want to massage their fur for a few minutes with a little bit of coconut oil for improved moisture retention.
Alternatively, add a few drops into their shampoo when bathing them – either way, it will make all the difference. Moreover, spicing up your pup’s daily diet with one teaspoonful of coconut oil per day helps to promote digestion and improve their health on top of enhancing the appearance and feel of their coat.
Consider An Oatmeal Bath
The summer season and hot, dusty environments can make your pup’s skin itchy and uncomfortable. An oatmeal bath is a simple solution to relieve this irritation while also providing Vitamin E for soft and glossy fur.
Start by finely grinding the oatmeal in a food processor until it resembles flour. Next, fill up your tub with lukewarm water and mix in the powdery mixture until foam starts to form on top of the liquid surface. Allow your pup to soak for 5-10 minutes before rinsing them off gently.
Lastly, dry their fur using soft patting motions for optimal comfort.
Check for Irritation
Checking your dog’s coat regularly can help you identify any signs of irritation.
If you notice any dryness, redness, or bald patches on the skin, make sure to take your pup to the vet right away. Your vet may recommend a special shampoo or other treatments to keep your pup’s fur healthy and free of irritation.
Regularly Check For Fleas & Ticks
The presence of fleas or ticks can cause irritation and discomfort for your pup, as well as potentially spread infection if left untreated.
Regularly check your pup’s coat for any lumps or bumps, and use topical flea and tick treatments as recommended by your veterinarian.
Consider Professional Grooming
Depending on the breed of your pup, you may want to consider professional grooming to keep their fur looking healthy and shiny. Professional groomers have all the right tools, products and techniques to help keep your pup’s coat clean and in good condition.
They can bathe your dog, trim their nails, and clean their teeth. Your dog will also benefit from regular brushing, de-shedding treatments, and other specialized care that only a professional groomer can provide.
Keeping your pup’s fur clean and shiny is an important part of pet care.
Make sure to check in with your vet if you notice any changes in their coat or skin condition for additional advice and care. With regular care and attention, your pup will have a clean, healthy, shiny fur coat that will make them look and feel their best.
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