***Consult with your veterinarian for proper care if your dog’s experiencing itchiness or requires special treatment.***
Keeping your pup’s fluffy coat sleek and shiny is extremely important for his overall health and wellbeing. Whether your dog is prone to skin issues or not, check out these tips to ensure you’re doing what’s best for your pup’s coat.
1. Pay attention to what’s in your dog’s food.
Dogs who are eating low-quality commercial dog foods or homemade diets that aren’t properly balanced may not be getting the proper nutrients they need for a healthy and shiny coat. Low-fat diets may also cause an omega-6 deficit that in turn results in coarse, dry hair. Check the label of your dog food to see which ingredients and how much omega-6 is included. Grains, especially genetically modified grains, sometimes don’t bode well with pups and can also cause skin issues.
2. Make sure your dog’s food stays fresh.
The essential fatty acids that are often included in complete and balanced kibble are prone to oxidation when exposed to air. Definitely wouldn’t want to keep your dog’s food open and around for too long.
3. Add Omega-3 fatty acids to your dog’s diet.
Flaxseed oil and fish oil supplements can help support a healthy skin and coat. Be careful not to give too much to prevent upset stomachs and digestive issues.
4. Follow a proper bathing routine.
Based on your dog’s breed and personal needs, he may need a different bathing schedule than other dogs. Some dogs have skin that can only be shampooed and bathed once every few months. Other dogs need weekly baths!
5. Choose the correct shampoo.
If your dog has dry skin, consider using shampoos with aloe vera or oatmeal in them. There are also hypoallergenic options and varieties of doggy shampoo made for certain skin and fur types.
6. Regularly brush and de-shed your pup.
Whether your dog has long or short hair, most pups shed on a regular basis and have coats that are affected seasonally. Make sure to regularly maintain your pup’s coat and undercoat to keep it clean and healthy.
7. Coconut Oil supplements.
A lot of the benefits that coconut oil has for humans applies to dogs as well! In addition to helping with digestive health and preventing infection, a regular addition of coconut oil can help improve skin and coat health, too.
8. Oatmeal baths.
You can buy oatmeal varieties of doggy shampoo, but doing a DIY oatmeal bath for your dog can help significantly with skin and coat health in an easy and cheap way. Oatmeal soothes and moisturizes skin and can be especially helpful for dogs with allergies.
9. Herbal remedies.
Horsetail and spirulina are two options that you could give a go for your pup. Horsetail contains silica, which helps with the maintenance of healthy skin, bones, and fur. Spirulina contains B vitamins and carotenoids that support healthy skin as well. Be sure to check with your vet on dosage if you’re considering using herbal remedies.
10. Talk to your vet.
If your dog has itchy skin issues, it could quite possibly be allergies. They may recommend treatments for dry, itchy skin or a change in diet. Ultimately each dog is different so make sure you’re doing what’s best for your pup!