A reflection of a healthy dog can be seen from their appearance, and one big indicator is from how shiny their coat looks. The key lies in giving your canine companion proper grooming and care.
It’s true that dealing with your dog’s fur depends on how thick or long it is. However, there are some simple tips that apply to all dog breeds which will help ensure they have a shiny coat. Below are some of the most important steps to follow to help your furry best friend looking good inside and out.
You want to brush your pooch every few days, regardless of if they have long or short hair. Brushing is essential in removing dead skin cells, doing this will remove those dull fibers which make the fur lackluster. Brushing your pup regularly is also good for their blood circulation as it eases the flow of oxygen in the body. As a result, hair follicles will be improved, and natural oil production will increase, which is vital to making the hair glossy. With extra oil production and regular brushing, these oils will be better distributed throughout the hair follicle, producing stronger, healthier, and shinier fur.
Make sure you use the proper brush and combs. They will help you make the job easier and makes it more enjoyable for your pooch.
Bathe with the right shampoo
Another grooming practice that you should do on a regular basis is bathing. However, it is vital to use the right shampoo that is specifically tailored for dogs. The reason you can’t use human shampoo is because humans and dogs have different pH levels, meaning that using the wrong shampoo can disrupt their oil production and can cause skin irritation. Opt for a mild shampoo to avoid stripping away the natural oils from the skin. Also, consider getting a shampoo that is packed with vitamins and minerals that can help with making their coat shinier.
There are also specialized shampoos made for different breeds and hair types. For example, if your dog likes to scratch, you may want to bathe your dog with a shampoo for sensitive skin. If your pooch has dry skin, choose one that has a moisturizer.
Remember to rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water as shampoo leftovers can irritate the skin.
Also, remember not to bathe your dog too frequently. Overwashing your dog can disrupt their oil production and can irritate their skin – as a general rule of thumb, you only need to wash them if they smell or are dirty.
Maintain a healthy high-fat diet
One of the most effective and long-lasting ways to make your dog’s coat shine is to start from the inside-out. Lack of key nutrients is one of the primary sources of skin and hair problems.
Feed your pup nutritious food and treats. Look for food that is rich in protein and fatty acids, such as omega 3 and 6. You can get these sources from fish-based products such as salmon and tuna as well as food that are made from real meat. The two key ingredients above can help with itchiness from allergies and have anti-inflammatory effects. Next time you need dog food, check the back of the pack for the listed ingredients.
Avoid diets that are low-fat and high-carb as these can both contribute to a coat that is dull, lackluster and even full of dandruff.
Visit the vet or dog groomer for expertise
If you still have difficulties in making your dog’s coat shiny after applying all the tips above, you should talk to your vet or local dog groomer. They will be able to pinpoint the cause which may potentially be a more serious condition. Ask for your vet’s or groomer’s recommendation to meet your dog’s needs.
Here at The Dog Stop, we want to look after your dog’s holistic wellbeing. If you’re ever unsure of how to improve your dog’s coat, be sure to ask at your dog’s next groom – we’d be more than happy to help!