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Taking Good Care of Your Dog’s Coat

January 1, 2015

Dogs aren’t quite the meticulous self-groomers that cats are. As such, you’ll probably need to help them out occasionally in the grooming department. Learn how below from your Troy veterinarian.

Visit Your Vet

Do you think your dog’s coat is looking a little dull recently? Pay a visit to your vet’s office. Since a poor-quality coat could be a sign of poor internal health, it’s important to get a professional’s opinion. Even if nothing is wrong, your vet can give your more tips for keeping your dog’s coat in better shape, like those found below.

Feed a Quality Diet

What goes into your dog is important for how he looks on the outside! Make sure you’re giving your dog a diet with the right balance of fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and carbs. Ask your vet to recommend a good-quality canine diet that’s based on your dog’s health, age, and breed.

Brush Regularly

Use a dog-specific pet brush to brush out your dog’s coat regularly. This will help remove tangles and mats, clean out any dirt or debris, and spread essential skin oil through the fur to keep it moisturized. Most dogs will benefit from brushing every few days, and some might even require it daily. Ask your vet for more information on the proper schedule for your pooch.

Bathe Periodically

The occasional bath can help keep your dog’s coat free of dirt and smelling fresh—pick up a specially-formulated canine shampoo from a vet’s office or pet store. Be careful not to overdo baths, though—bathing your dog too much can actually backfire, drying out the skin and fur.

Extra Hair-Care Products

For some dogs, especially those with special grooming requirements, extra hair care may be helpful. There are dog conditioners, finishing sprays, and other products available on the market today that may improve your dog’s fur health and quality. Consult your Troy veterinarian for more information about these products to see if they may be right for your canine companion.