Dog Skin Care 101 – What You Need to Know!
13 July, 2017
We all practice our own skin and hair care regimen to keep ourselves in good condition and feeling healthy. And it shouldn’t stop with our dogs! Since our dogs don’t know whether their skin is dry or fur needs a good brushing, it’s up to us to take care of our dogs’ skin and fur. By following some basic skin care guidelines, our dogs will look and feel great!
Your dog’s skin and coat can be an indicator of possible underlying issues.
Following a daily regimen of dog skin care can prevent dry skin, skin infections, matted coats and the discomfort these conditions cause. By following the proper brushing and bathing schedule for your dog’s breed, feeding your dog a healthy diet and even adding some nutritional supplements, these are all ways to keep your dog’s skin and coat in top condition.
Always take a look at your dog’s skin/fur to see if anything has changed
There are specific conditions such as mange, yeast infections, fungal infections, bacterial infections, ringworm and flea bites that will usually be apparent on or in your dog’s coat and skin. Dry skin, dandruff, red patches, infection and hair loss are some of them. If skin disease due to any one of these conditions does develop, any grooming you do will treat only the symptom and not the cause so, as always, make an appointment to see your vet.
Try to make a daily brushing part of your routine – good for your dog and bonding!
Brushing your dog daily helps remove excess hair and prevents matting, in which strands of hair become glued together with sweat, dirt and hair products, causing hot spots (dry, red patches of skin) and painful, oozing infection. Daily brushing also stimulates natural oils in the skin, which keep the skin soft and the coat shiny. The BendiBrush is a great brush that works wonders as a part of your brushing routine.
Don’t bathe your dog too often and use a great shampoo
No matter how much you brush your dog’s hair to stimulate the production of natural oils, bathing your dog too often, using water that is too hot or applying harsh shampoos to your dog’s skin can strip it of the body’s natural moisturizers. In choosing shampoos and conditioners, be pro-active and pick those formulated for dry skin. Petbiotics has an awesome shampoo that is perfect for just that!
Your dog’s healthy diet will help promote a healthy coat and skin
Your dog’s body does not make Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids-which are necessary for optimum skin and coat health-on its own. Under the advice of your vet, add oils rich in essential fatty acids, like linseed oil and sunflower oil, to your dog’s diet.
Dogs with dry skin or a dull coat, will usually improve with diets or supplements containing optimized levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids, often sourced from fish oil, play an important role in reducing inflammation.
If recommended by your vet, nutritional supplements given to your dog can help maintain skin and coat health. Look for supplements with the following nutrients: fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, fish oil and biotin.
As always, report any changes in your dog’s skin and coat to your vet. And keeping your dog’s skin and fur in check is always a great preventative.
If you want to know more about Omega Fatty Acids and their benefits, read this: Omega Fatty Acid Benefits