Do you ever notice how your dog’s coat doesn’t shine as much as it used to when they were a puppy? Over time multiple factors can contribute to the dampening of color or glossiness of your dog’s fur. Here are a few tips about how to keep your dog’s coat glossy and relieve your pet of these frustrations.
1 – Research Dog Coat and Skin Formulas
You would be amazed at how different products are out there to soothe your pup’s dry skin and keep their coat silky and smooth. Sometimes it’s all in the type of shampoo you use to cleanse your dog, and there are also options for substances such as lotion and oils that you can blend directly into their fur. Another form of these formulas are capsules that you feed to your dog orally (kind of like those hair/skin/nails vitamins you find at the store) and they can work miracles! Be sure when you are looking into your options that you are bargaining for quality, not the cheapest product that you can lay your hands on because in some ways certain products can worsen the condition of your dog’s skin or coat.
2 – Check to See What is in Your Dog’s Food
Go ahead and take a look at the ingredients list on your dog’s food bag because you might be shocked at what you see. More often than not you’ll see ingredients such as ground yellow corn, meat or bone meal, soybean meal, corn gluten meal, and so on. A little fun fact about all of these ingredients is that none of them are actually healthy for your dog at all. By failing to provide your dog with the essential nutrients they need (or are supposed to be consuming through their food) you are causing their health to suffer. Malnutrition of your pet affects everything from their mood to their shiny coat (or at least what used to be shiny). By purchasing food that will benefit your dog, and by storing it correctly, you can see a tremendous change in how silky their coat will look.
3 – Make Sure You are Properly Cleansing Your Dog on a Daily Basis
An obvious way to keep your dog looking clean and fresh is to simply wash them on a daily basis. It is not hard to do, especially if you have a smaller dog, and chances are they will absolutely love you for it. Dogs aren’t like cats and they don’t exactly clean themselves, that’s why they rely on you to do it for them. Dogs like to be smelling fresh just like you everyday, so why not treat them to a daily bath to keep their coat and skin looking right. By bathing your pets often you can save them from serious bug infestations throughout their fur, dry skin and dandruff, and skin infections. So really, you’re doing yourself a favor by keeping your pet up to date, in order to save yourself from those hefty vet bills.
4 – Coconut Oil is Great For Dogs
Coconut oil is an amazing cure to a shabby, dry dog coat. You’ve probably heard of just about five hundred different uses (okay, maybe not five hundred exactly) that are all supposed to be healthy for us, but little do you know most of the time it’s true! Coconut oil can be used for so many different things, you’d probably be amazed. And, it has so many healthy beneficial perks, not only to us, but our pets as well. Coconut oil helps as an aid for digestion, shines up your pup’s coat, and helps to prevent infection. As well as clears up eczema, minimizes doggy odor, soothes flea allergies and dry skin, and creates sleek coats. All in all, feeding your pup a bit of coconut oil on the daily could benefit them immensely and you wouldn’t have to worry about dealing with any messy dog skin sprays or lotions.
There are products beyond products on the market to soothe dry skin and faded coats, although it is up to you to find the best one that suits your pet. There are endless home remedies to try as well. Overall, there will always be something new to try that provides a healthy boost to your pet’s health.