We do love our pets and it is undeniably true what they say about dogs being our best friends. Treat your dog like you would treat a family member, with love and care, and they will love you unconditionally, for the rest of their lives. That’s the thing about dogs, they love purely and simply without preconceived notions.
Few animals display the loyalty and love shown by the family dog. Since they are completely dependent upon us, it is essential that we not only see to their need for love and exercise, but that we supply them with the best dog supplements for their specific height, weight, breed and age. Even the funniest looking dog on the planet can be a family’s pride and joy and part of caring for a dog is keeping his coat as healthy and vibrant as possible. Here are seven helpful ways, in which to do so.
1 Brush Your Dog Daily
You may want to check with a breeder regarding the type of brush/comb to use on your dog. Teaching a dog about the brushing process early in life is your best bet. If the dog considers it positive attention and something on the lines of a massage, your dog will be more prone to sit still and enjoy a little one-on-one time with you and the brush.
2 Review Your Dogs Diet
Whether you knew it or not, some dogs have allergies to certain grains such as soy, wheat, corn and others. Sadly, many of these can be found in any number of dog foods on the market. This is why you have to look at the ingredients contained in the foods you give your dog every day. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential part of a healthy coat. These can be found in things such as salmon, sardines and tuna.
3 Oatmeal and Herbal Baths
The side effects of certain skin problems can be somewhat relieved, by an oatmeal bath. It helps to nourish dry and flaky skin, just like an oatmeal facial on humans. Herbal baths also offers the same relief and many groomers will offer this treatment.
4 Protect Your Dog
Keeping your pet indoors encourages their coats to ignore, to a point, the need to get thick and healthy for natural protection.
5 Add Oil to their Food
A little vegetable oil and omega 6 fats, in your dog’s food is a healthy addition, every now and then. Breaking an omega 6 capsule in their food or giving them the gel tablet is the easiest way to add these fatty acids to their diet. You have to use caution, with the vegetable oil addition however, because too much and your pet could end up with diarrhea. And, nobody wants that!
6 Maintain a Regular Bath Schedule
Bathe your dog regularly, but not excessively. While too much bathing can dry out the dog’s skin and coat, just enough bathing is extremely beneficial, to a healthy coat. Make sure that the shampoo you are using is specifically made for you pet, as human shampoos can dry their coat.
7 Vitamin Supplements
Just like humans your dog will benefit from vitamin supplements, which will help maintain a healthy, shiny coat. A and B vitamins, or even a multi-vitamin, added to your dog’s diet along with the above mentioned oil, will go a long way to make your dog’s coat glow.
Keeping your pet healthy will help to keep their coat healthy, as well. Just because a dog is covered with fur does not mean that they can’t suffer from skin infections or annoying and uncomfortable skin conditions. If you notice your dog scratching incessantly, it is not necessarily fleas, it could be dry skin or some other skin condition causing the itching. Or it could be an infection involving the kidneys or thyroid, as well as ticks or worms. As a good and loving pet owner, you are very aware of changes in your dog’s behavior and will be vigilant in assessing his mental, as well as physical health, adding many happy years to both of your lives.