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Five Great Tips For A Healthy Dog Coat

As a dog owner, you want your dog to look its best. One of the ways
you can accomplish this is by properly maintaining your dog’s coat.
Whether your dog is a show dog or just a housedog, a clean,
healthy, shiny coat is always a great thing for your dog to have.
Water, diet and exercise for your dog all contribute to a healthy-
looking coat.

1. Nutritious Diet

Feeding your dog a nutritional diet contributes greatly to your dog’s
coat. Just like human beings, dogs should eat the proper foods that
will enhance healthy hair and skin. It is important to feed your dog a
diet consisting of a minimum of 21 percent protein, 25 percent for
active dogs. Vets recommend not feeding your dog or puppy table
scraps as doing this may upset your dog’s digestive system. In
addition, some breeders suggest that feeding your dog a diet that
consists of meat, bones, vegetables and fruits is ideal. If you notice
that your dog’s coat does not look as healthy as you would like,
consult your vet for advice.

2. Regular Vet Check-ups

Dogs should see the vet regularly. However, if you notice that your
dog is licking, scratching, chewing or rubbing its coat more than
usual, then an appointment with the vet may be necessary. Many
dog owners do not take their dog to the vet, but not doing so in this
case may prolong the unhealthy appearance of your dog’s coat and
may also prolong any underlying conditions that an unhealthy coat
signals.

3. Decrease Wet Baths

As a caring dog owner, it is instinctive to want to wash your dog
regularly, but over bathing can cause hair loss, skin allergies and
brittle hair in your dog’s coat. Many breeds, including the long-haired
terriers, Akitas, American Eskimo dogs, Bulldogs and most of the
sporting breeds should not be over bathing as doing so contributes
to dry skin and it also diminishes the dog’s natural oils.

4. Brush regularly

If brushing is performed softly and correctly, dogs will rapidly learn to
get pleasure from grooming and will not struggle or attempt to hide
when you produce the brush. Begin at the base of the dog and raise
the hair upward and away from the bottom-most layers. Lightly brush
the hair downward and towards the hair growth. Avoid brushing
away from hair growth, or brush the face, ears, or the genital areas
with a pin brush or other hard bristled brush. Apply a soft washcloth,
a grooming mitt or a soft bristled brush in these susceptible areas.

5. Alleviating Tangles

You can remove your dog’s tangles by spraying and massaging the
coat with a dog hair detangler and water mixture. Use the brush to
work the tangle from outside of the tangle to inside of it. To prevent
discomfort for your dog, hold the hair between the tangle and the
dog’s body.

Another great way to maintain your dog’s coat and to decrease
tangles is by scheduling regular visits to the groomer for your dog. In
between those visits, though you can implement the aforementioned
tips to keep your do happy and tangle-free.

Information written by
Lisa Clark of ohmydogsupplies.com, where
you can find a incredible variety of
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