Caring for your Dog's Coat
Published: Sep. 21, 2008
Subject: Good Fur Day
Category: K9 Care
“Gee, your fur smells terrific!” All it takes are a few daily tricks for the softest, most gorgeous coat at the dog park. From shampoo to vitamins, good fur days start here.
Get Your Beauty Eats. Your dog’s diet shines through on his coat. For the healthiest fur, feed a proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals with no grains, corn or fillers. And before feeding a raw food diet, make sure to ask your vet if it’s right for your dog.
Vitamin Power. Promote a healthy coat by squirting a dash of fish oil into your dog’s food. Available at vitamin, health and some pet stores, it’s not only tasty for dogs, but a real coat enhancer. Our pick: Grizzly Salmon Oil with Omega-3 fatty acids.
Brush Away. Keep his coat clean with several brushings each week. The American Kennel Club recommends brushing deep down, all the way to the skin. The benefits include relaxing massage to stimulate circulation, removal of dandruff and a great bonding time with your best friend.
Shampoo the Do. Regular, but not frequent bathing with a mild, natural dog shampoo is the key for most dogs. Ask your vet how often your dog breed needs bathing and stick to it. Bathing too frequently strips the fur of natural oils and causes dry, itchy skin. A great shampoo choice: Earthbath extra mild and gentle, all natural shampoos.
Move it. Active dogs are healthy dogs and healthy dogs have beautiful coats. Keep your dog on the move to stimulate blood and oxygen flow for an all over glow.
Sip into Something More Comfortable. Avoid dry, itchy skin – serve lots of water to your dog. With multiple, clean water bowls throughout your home, you can be sure your dog has the H20 he needs to stay healthy and shiny too.
Grizzly Salmon Oil
Available online and recently spotted at Catnip + Bones in San Francisco.
Earthbath All Natural Shampoos
Thank you to PJ Taylor for the photo.
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