Maintaining Your Dog’s Healthy Skin and Coat

For the kids it might be back to school shopping for new outfits but for your dog, it’s back to a fabulous fall coat. The key to keeping your dog’s skin and coat looking shiny and healthy is consistent, simple maintenance. Try these 5 tips to help maintain your dog’s healthy skin and coat this fall.  

1. Proper Diet

Dogs really are what they eat. Their skin and fur are a reflection of proper nutrition. Talk to your vet about recommendations for the balance of protein, vitamins, minerals and grains. Some dogs are allergic to certain foods and the first sign is typically dull fur, hot spots or dry, irritated patches.

2. Brush It Out

Most dogs love to be brushed and pampered, especially if you start as a puppy and make it part of their regular routine. Regular brushing helps distribute healthy oils for a shiny coat and prevents matted fur which can be very painful. Invest in a good brush. We love the self-cleaning brush from Hertzko that features a button to quick release the fur.

3. Omegas for the Win

Derma Strength is an omega fish oil and Vitamin E supplement for dogs to support skin and coat health and help reduce excessive shedding. These tasty chews can help maintain the luster and sheen of your dog’s coat while supporting skin elasticity and resilience.

4. Coat Grooming

Regular grooming, whether done at home or professionally, is important to the well-being and beauty of your dog. Dogs have either long or short hair but did you know that dogs also have either a single coat or a double coat? Double-coated dogs have a short wooly coat that acts as a temperature monitor and a longer coat called guard hairs. These breeds, which include Huskies, Golden Retrievers and Shepherds, can have severe issues with painful matting which makes grooming especially important for their health and comfort.

5. Flea & Trick Prevention

From a dog’s perspective, there is no greater irritation than an infestation of critters like ticks or fleas. A dog’s fur is the perfect conduit for bugs to climb aboard. Talk to your vet about the best available flea and tick options such as chewables, topicals or collars.