In today’s guest post, author Chris Redhead shares a few natural ways to keep your dog’s coat healthy.
Looking After Your Dog’s Coat the Natural Way
By Chris Redhead
Looking after your dog’s coat is always a worthwhile thing to do – it will make them more fun to stroke and cuddle, and will make them more comfortable and warm in the winter months. The coat can also act as an indicator of their overall well-being, so a thin, scruffy coat may be the first signal you get that your dog is in bad shape and could be experiencing deeper health issues.
Here are a few tips for natural ways to look after your dog’s coat:
One of the best ways to care for a dog’s coat is to regulate their diet. We all know that dogs eat just about anything that’s put in front of them, so it’s up to us as dog owners to make sure they get the right balance of nutrients to keep them in the best possible condition.
In addition to a good balanced diet, we can also give our dogs natural supplements to improve their coat condition and overall health. One handy supplement is seaweed, which is ideal for dogs suffering from poor hair growth. It’s rich in minerals, and is commonly given to dogs through the autumn and winter so they can develop warmer, thicker coats ready for the cold weather.
Another popular herbal supplement is Evening Primrose Oil. It can be added to food in either liquid or powder form, and can be effective at reducing shedding and maintaining good coat quality.
The great thing about these herbal supplements is that unlike many conventional medicines, they can be given for long periods of time and have few side effects.
Exercise also has a really big impact on coat condition. Dogs sometimes deal with boredom or stress by scratching and chewing themselves, so keep them busy and give them the opportunity to burn off excess energy in order to avoid this kind of behavior.
One good little tip is to leave chewy toys around the home – hopefully your dog will occupy itself chewing these and won’t be tempted to scratch or chew itself.
Grooming is easily neglected, but it is one of the most important parts of maintaining a full, healthy coat. Brushing your dog regularly is a great idea, as it helps to bring out the natural oils in the fur and remove any dead skin.
Shampoo is also a big help, but remember you can’t use human shampoo because our skin has a different PH than dogs.
Remember these three key areas – diet, exercise, and grooming – and you should be able to ensure your dog’s coat stays healthy, thick and silky all year round. There are lots of great herbal products to help you out with this, and if you’re ever unsure what to use it’s always a good idea to ask your vet for advice.
=========== Author Bio ===========
Chris Redhead writes about pet health on behalf of Dorwest Herbs, focusing particularly on herbal remedies and how they can be used to treat a range of conditions in dogs.
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