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Cuddling with a dog is a blissful experience. When you cuddle
with a dog, their soft, shiny coat gently caresses your skin,
relaxing your senses. A rough court can do more than just ruining
your cuddling experience with your canine friend. A dull coat can
indicate skin issues, which can impact your dog’s appearance and
overall health. To help keep your dog healthy and happy, we, in
this post, impart a few tips to maintain their coat. Take a look.
Check the ingredients of your dog’s
Not all dog foods are made equal. Some are not
properly balanced and are deficient in essential components
such as Omega-6. Omega-6 deficiency in dogs can result in a
rough and coarse coat. Before starting to feed your canine dog
food by a particular brand , check out its ingredients to make
sure it includes Omega-6. Steer clear of genetically modified
Watch out for low-fat formulas that may exclude certain
essential nutrients. Add fish oil supplements that are a rich
source of omega 3 fatty acids to the canine’s diet.
Follow a bathing routine
To help your furry friend get rid of ticks, flies, and other
pathogens hiding in their coat, bathe them regularly. When
deciding how frequent to bathe your dog, consider their breed
and type, activity level, and skin conditions. While short
-haired dogs can go without a bath for months, dogs with long
hair need a bath more frequently. Whatever be the case, make
sure the gap between two baths does not exceed three months.
Use the correct shampoo
Opt for shampoos with natural ingredients such as aloe vera,
oatmeal, herbal proteins, and citrus extracts. If you furry
friend has a light- colored coat, prefer using shampoos with
brighteners and whiteners that boost luster. Shampoos packed
with essential minerals, vitamins, and proteins can work
wonders for dogs with dull coats.
If your dog has too many tangles, condition their coat after
shampooing it. Steer clear of products with artificial
ingredients. Most importantly, never use shampoos for humans on
your dog, as they can wash off essential oils, often resulting
in a dull and lustreless coat.
Brush your dog’s coat regularly
Shedding is a normal process and you shouldn’t be much
concerned about it, however, excessive shedding can rob your
handsome pooch of their enviable looks. To address this
problem, brush your dog’s coat regularly. Brushing not only
helps get rid of dead fur, but also distributes natural oil
throughout the animal’s coat, promoting healthy hair growth.
Give your furry friend herbal supplements
Give your dogs herbal supplements such as horsetail and
spirulina. While horsetail is a rich source of silica that
promotes fur and bone health, spirulina contains vitamin-B and
carotenoids that help maintain skin health. Before starting to
give these or any other herbal supplements to your furry
friend, consult your vet regarding the dosage.
When Is It OK To Shave My Dog's Coat?
When it starts getting hot out, we start to look at our dogs and
think “how do they stand it under all that fur?” And while their
fur may make them a bit hot, for some a shaved dog is more of a
problem than a solution.It seems logical to think that less fur
equates to a cooler pet, but the reality is that many dogs have
long hair for a reason. Not all long hair pups, but many out
there should never be shaved dogs.
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When a Shaved Dog is OK
To start, lets go over the two major types of long hair coats:
the single and the double coat.The terms are fairly
straightforward -- a single coat consists of one type of hair all
over your dog’s body. A double coat, on the other hand, is made
up of a coarse outer coat with a soft, dense undercoat.How does
this apply to shaving? Let me explain.Dogs with a long, single
coat are totally fine to be shaved. Heck, they’ll probably thank
you for it! Overtime, their hair will grow back and everything
will be fine. If you have a hot dog with a single coat, tell the
groomer to go nuts.
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When a Shaved Dog is a No No
Now a double coat, that’s a different story. Dogs with a double
coat were generally bred to be able to withstand harsh climates
(typically the cold). A double coat functions is like this
-- the coarse outer coat protects your dog from sunlight, pests,
burrs, and other types of environmental irritants, while the soft
undercoat insulates them against wind and cold.Because of their
heavily protective nature of a double coat, these types of dogs
tend to have especially sensitive skin, which is why they should
never be shaved. Also, direct exposure to sunlight greatly
increases their risk for sunburn and
skin cancer; much higher than
it would be in single coated dogs.Also, since a double coat
consists of two different kind of hair, they grow at different
speeds. The soft undercoat will end up growing in much quicker
than the longer, coarse hair of the outer coat, leaving them
exposed to the elements even longer (and giving them a rough,
spotted, almost mangy kind of look).As such, the outer coat of a
double coated dog should never be shaved, or even cut. If you
have a double coated dog, the best way to help them cool down is
any excess fur in the heat-trapping undercoat. Typically during
the warmer months, double coated dogs will “blow” their coat.
What that means is they are genetically predisposed to ridding
themselves of the bulk of their undercoat during the spring and
summer, growing it all back by the fall.
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If your dog has a double coat, give them a thorough brushing with
a special undercoat brush and remove as much of that fluffy white
stuff as possible. Beyond that, keep tons of water on hand and a
shady place to retreat.And if your dog has a single coat, shave