Your dog’s coat and skin are vital to their good health.
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As you may have guessed by the title of this article, your dog’s coat and skin are vital to their good health. Did you know that your pet’s skin and coat make up between 10% and 15% of their entire body weight? Just like a human, that makes it the largest organ in their body. More than just a way to keep them warm in the winter, it also plays a major part of your pet’s immune system, is critical to keeping them properly hydrated, and is likely the best indicator of any potential health issues they may have.
Simply put, taking proper care of your puppy’s coat and skin is their first and best line of defense against all things growly!
Now that you know how important good coat and skin care is for your pet, what do you do about it? Here’s a list of the top 5 things you can do to help your (extra) furry child get and/or stay healthy:
1) Pet That Pet!
Petting your dog is just something you do without giving it much thought. But that simple action is the first and best way to notice any irregularities that could be a sign of trouble. Next time you’re snuggled up on the couch with your four-legged friend, try to notice how things feel. Is their coat shiny and glossy? Does it feel dry or rough? What about their skin. Is it greasy? Do you see any flakes, like dandruff? Can you feel any bumps?
2) Don’t Overdo The Shampoo
As a general rule, unless they are smelly or dirty, you are likely just fine with bathing your healthy dog about once a month. Just like your own hair, a dog’s fur has natural, vital, protective oils that can be stripped away with too much bathing. If you feel that more frequent shampooing is necessary, then be sure to use a gentle, pet friendly shampoo that doesn’t contain any harsh chemical, perfumes, or detergents.
3) Speaking Of Shampoo…
Because you like to spoil your pet, you may be tempted to use your personal shampoo when bathing them. After all, nothing’s too good for Fido, right? Consider this. As a rule, the pH of human skin is more acidic at 5.5, while a dog’s skin is about 7.5, making it nearly neutral. This means that you are far better off using a good pH balanced dog shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals and perfumes, and formulated specifically for pets.
4) Brushing Your Way To Beautiful
Regular grooming is essential for not only your dog’s coat, but their skin too. According to the VCA, “All dogs benefit from regular brushing to remove loose hairs and dead skin cells, to keep the coat free of dirt, debris, and external parasites, and to distribute natural skin oils along the hair shafts.” As an added bonus, this will also help control shedding for most breeds. So, if you truly want the best bark for your buck, spend just a few minutes each day giving them the brushing they deserve.
5) They Are What They Eat
Proper diet is essential not only to your dog’s internal health, but it is also just as important to their external well-being as well. Their fur is made up of mostly protein, and a third (or more) of their daily protein intake is used to properly maintain both skin and coat. Their skin is also home to essential amino acids, enzymes, collagen fibers, vitamins and minerals. So, consider this when picking out their food. Like that old saying states, garbage in = garbage out. Do a little research, and pamper your pooch with a food that not only tastes good, but is good for them. I guarantee that in the end, both you and your barking buddy will be glad you did!
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