Nothing shows off a healthy looking dog quite like nice shiny coat and healthy skin. But let’s face it, dogs are messy and it can be hard to keep that coat looking good. Providing you aren’t letting your dog roll around in puddles o’ mud each day here’s what you can do to maintain a health coat for your dog:
Again, unless your dog is rolling in the mud every day, aim to bathe them once a month. Over bathing your dog can cause dry, irritated skin. Also, make sure you use a shampoo that is made for dogs, or alternatively you can use baby shampoo, but it won’t be as effective as something specially formulated for pets.
Depending on the type of dog you have you should be brushing your dog 1-2 times per week especially if they are a “shedder”. This will help to regularly remove excess hair (that could end up on the sofa!).
TIP: Use a wide toothed comb for the body and a finer comb for the facial area.
You shouldn’t be doing this step just for a shiny coat. Your dog should already have a healthy diet rich in proteins fatty acids. It has been shown that foods rich in these are great for a dog’s coat. If you are unsure about what are some good nutritional foods for your pets, consult with your vet and they will be able to help you develop the right diet for your four-legged friend.