Your Dog’s Skin and Coat

Shiny coat and healthy skin

A shiny coat is a reliable sign of a healthy dog. You want it to be soft to the touch and have a glossy sheen.

Feeding your dog a nutritionally balanced diet is essential for a healthy skin and shiny coat.

It’s not just about looking healthy, a healthy dog diet also helps to prevent dog skin problems. The skin and coat acts as a protective shield against viruses or infection. It controls the dog’s body temperature; to keep a water balance, to keep bad bacteria at bay and to keep him warm.

A balanced diet

To maintain a healthy skin and coat a dog needs the nutrients, zinc and also the fatty acids Omega 3 and 6. This helps add the shine and glossiness to the coat.

* Omega 3 is an anti inflammatory which prevents dog skin problems and irritation.

* Omega 6 is the key ingredient for a shiny and glossy coat; good sources are sunflower or fish oil.

* Salmon oil is a good source of both Omega 3 and 6.

Check the label on the back of your dog’s food to make sure he’s getting Salmon Oil for his Omega 3 and 6.

Tripe is a superfood for dogs. It’s rich in many natural nutrients like Omega 3 and 6, enzymes and probiotics which are essential for your dog’s wellbeing.

Dog grooming

Keeping your dog well groomed makes for a shiny dog. Brushing his hair helps spread natural oils through his coat, which adds to the shine.

How often you brush or comb your dog depends a lot on the breed and length of hair. If he has tangles or matted bits make sure you tease them out gently with a comb or scissors.

Bits and bobs like grass seeds, twigs and leaves can get caught up in his coat so check for these and prise them out of his hair with care.

Baths

How often you give your dog a bath depends on the type of dog and how dirty he likes to get! Too much bath time gets rid of the skin’s natural oils. Three times a year is enough for most dogs. All you need is doggy shampoo, a towel and a sense of humour!