One of the first things anyone will notice about your dog is their beautiful coat. And though it might sound superficial, it is actually quite important. A shiny and smooth coat is a great sign that your dog is healthy. So is the skin beneath, which should be supple and clear.
Brittle or coarse fur and greasy, flaky, or bumpy skin can be a warning sign for pet parents. Though they may manifest as dandruff, sores, or excessive hair loss, these issues could indicate other health problems such as infections, parasites, or autoimmune disorders. By doing what you can to maintain your dog’s skin and coat health, you’ll catch those more serious issues quickly.
In this post, we'll share 5 ways to take care of your dog's skin and coat and support their overall health so that you can both enjoy not only great compliments but also a happier life together.
1. Feed a Healthy, Balanced Diet
A healthy, balanced diet is the best place to start when considering not only skin and coat health but the overall health of your fur kid. Food made from high-quality, natural ingredients is the aim.
Your pup will need essential fatty acids (EFAs) like Omega-3s which they absolutely must get from food since they can’t make them in their own bodies. There’s also the need for protein, built from amino acids, many of which are alsoessential because just like Omega-3s, dogs can’t make them and must get them from their diet.
Other considerations include the minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants necessary to meet their nutritional needs for their life stage, as well as an ingredient profile free from any of your dog’s known allergies.
2.Protect Against Parasites
Parasites are another reason why your dog may be suffering from bad skin, resulting in a poor-looking coat. Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can be active for varying lengths of time depending on what climate you live in, so be vigilant. Many natural options exist for your dog that don’t contain harmful chemicals or pesticides. They come in sprays, powders, and collars. Some solutions can be used on your four-legged friend while others are meant for your home and even outdoor areas. Just read the labels carefully to make sure there are no potentially harmful essential oils in the mix as many are not appropriate for dogs.
3.Brush Your Dog's Coat
Sometimes a simple solution is the best and brushing your dog more regularly with the right kind of brush can go a long way to improving their coat quality. If your dog is a shedder, they will most definitely need regular brushing. But even breeds that aren’t double-coated need help in this area.
In addition to removing dead and damaged hair, brushing will promote blood flow to hair follicles which can result in better growth. That means a nicer, fuller coat. The natural oils your dog’s skin produces will be spread along the hairs as well, giving it that beautiful shine.
4.Bathe Your Dog Regularly
Does your dog get a bath (or shower) on any sort of regular basis? It’s true that not all breeds will follow the same bathing schedule, but a general rule of once a month is right to follow for most.
Use a mild, hypoallergenic shampoo that avoids unnatural, perfume scents. It will help remove dirt and general grime from your pup’s coat, leaving them silky smooth and looking their best.
And if your dog has an existing skin issue, bathing with a vet recommended shampoo is often a good way to keep this under control and provide your furry friend with some much-needed relief.
5.Give Your Dog Skin and Coat Support Supplements
Sometimes our dogs need a little extra, just like us owners, and some supplements can help their skin and coat reach full potential. These are often either added to their food or directly onto their coats.
Fish oil added to meals is one popular choice because it contains those great Omega-3s we mentioned before. It’s also super tasty and helps picky dogs eat better!
Another popular option is coconut oil. It can be added directly to food just like fish oil. Or use it topically, rubbing it onto your dog’s skin and through their fur. This helps to trap moisture and since coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it may calm angry or inflamed skin and help infections. Just remember, a little goes a long way here. Of course, speak to your vet before changing or adding anything to your fur kid’s diet.
Bonus: 6) Shine On, from Happy Bond
One more way to give your puppy the look of a star is with Shine On, a natural skin and coat support elixir. It combines the power of flaxseed oil powder, which is full of Omega-3 fatty acids, and our special sea buckthorn juice powder with vitamin profiles like A, B, C, and E.
Together, these powerful ingredients can help with allergies and will give your dog a shiny coat and healthy skin. With their essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6, Shine On will offer your dog a vitamin-packed health boost – naturally. And the proof will be in their improved skin and coat health and appearance!