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Everyone loves a shiny coat

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 05/10/2014   Category: Expert Advice

A shiny coat is not only something that dog owners like their dogs to have aesthetically, but it also shows that your dog is healthy and has an all round great lifestyle. If your dog does not have a shiny coat you could visit your vets to find out why this is.

Diet is a huge part in how your dogs coat looks. Your dog requires a fully balanced diet including essential fatty acids that your dog’s body cannot physically make itself. You must provide this yourself in their food. Fatty acids are essential and help with several conditions such as allergies, arthritis and even cancer. You should try to ensure your dog is getting to correct amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6. You can do this by giving your dog high quality dog food; always check the packaging of dog food and pay that little bit extra to give your dog the best nutrition possible.

Fleas are one of the main reasons for bad skin and hair. If your dog has fleas and you leave it untreated it can lead to flea dermatitis which results in your dog being very comfortable, constantly itching away at their skin often until they bleed, shedding, irritated skin. This can all lead to dangerous infections and constant spreading of the fleas, leaving your dogs miserable, in pain and fed up. Flea also spread tape worm and several other mites all of which can be caught by any human in contact with your dog. The easiest and quickest way to solve fleas is a spot on treatment. They come in a single tube is doesn’t hurt the dog at all as all you do is squeeze the gel from the tube onto your dogs skin and that is it. Always keep up to date with flea treatments.

Grooming plays a huge part in how well your dogs coat is kept. Even if you take your dog to the groomers to have them cut you should still groom your dogs yourself too. Just like humans, brushing your dogs hair will help distribute natural oils and also remove any dead hair that hasn’t shedded yet. You should aim to brush your dogs’ hair 3-4 times per week, you dog will love having it done and they will look great too. It’s a good opportunity to spend some quiet time bonding with your dog and also gives you the chance to check their body for any lumps or health issues you wouldn’t normally notice. Research what brush is best for your dogs coat and get brushing! Keep on top of getting their hair washed and cut; depending on your breed of dog and their lifestyle monthly for bathing and 6-8 weeks for cutting is the average.

Finally, exercise is a great way to keep your dog healthy and their coat looking glossy. It improves their circulation which means all of their vital nutrients can reach their hair follicles. All of the above add to your dog having a happy and healthy lifestyle which shows from their coats. If you have any queries or worries about your dogs coat, visit your vet and they will be happy to solve any problems you may have.