Cart --
0 Items in Cart
Your Shopping Cart is Empty
TOGGLE
Get $10 Credit

A Shiny Coat for Your Pit Bull

By Team PetCareRx. July 20, 2012 | See Comments

A Shiny Coat for Your Pit Bull

The Pit Bull has a short coat that requires regular brushing and a good diet in order to keep it in pristine condition. Learn how to keep your Pit Bull's coat healthy here.

A rich, healthy, gloriously shiny coat is a joy to behold. And no doubt you've admired a Pit Bull walking by with a caramel, chocolate, or blue-black coat gleaming in the midday sun. Grooming a Pit Bull isn't exactly rocket science because the dog's hair is short and lies flat and tight against the body. Nonetheless, the Pit Bull must be groomed on a regular basis and fed a high-quality diet to keep the coat in glossy condition.

Start From Within

Good nutrition plays a vital role in the quality of your dog's coat. As dogs age, their coats can become dry and lackluster. By feeding your pit bull a high-quality diet rich in nutrients and essential fatty acids, especially vitamin E, omega-6, and omega-3, you ensure your dog is getting the optimal nutrition required for a healthy coat and nourished skin. Cooked eggs are also a good protein source for dogs. Most commercial dog foods are high in these nutrients so feeding your dog right is easy. Keep in mind that the older your dog gets, the less excess fat will get metabolized. Gaining too much weight is not healthy for any dog.

Brush Daily

It may sound like a lot, especially for a breed that requires minimal grooming, but if you want to restore luster to your Pit Bull's coat, brush the coat every day with a rubber curry brush. Use a circular motion to stimulate the circulation and distribute the dog's natural oils through the coat. Brushing removes dead hair and flaky skin cells, which can dull the coat. You can also use a ribbed glove that fits over your hand to capture loose hair and make the coat sparkle.

Shampoo and Conditioner

The good news about the Pit Bull's short coat is that you don't have to bathe your dog frequently, but when you do, choose a natural shampoo free of chemicals or pesticides and rinse well. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends that you only use a shampoo formulated for dogs. Human shampoos may have fragrances or ingredients that can irritate your pit bull's coat and skin. Avoid using soaps with alcohol, coal tar or sulfur-based products. Enhance the shine of the coat by conditioning the fur after shampooing.

Dermatologic or Systemic Issues

It's possible for even the short-haired pit bull to have a scruffy coat full of sores, scabs and hot spots. If your bully suffers from allergies due to food, fleas or environmental irritants, the coat will be dull and dry as your dog scratches and bites their own fur in an attempt to alleviate the intense itching that goes along with exposure to irritants. Dry, flaky skin and a poor hair coat can also indicate a systemic illness, such as immunodeficiency or Cushing's disease, according to the Merck Veterinary Manual. Always consult your veterinarian for advice and treatment of skin or coat conditions.

References & Resources

American Pit Bull Terriers/American Staffordshire Terriers; Joe Stahlkuppe
American Pit Bull Terrier: Your Happy, Healthy Pet; Liz Palika
Why Do Dogs Like Balls?; D. Caroline Coile, et al.
ASPCA: Grooming FAQs
Merck Veterinary Manual: Dogs and Cats

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by,your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.
 

Was this article helpful?