Just like us, our dogs deserve glowing skin and soft, luxurious coats. If you’re looking for ways to give your pup some self-care time and keep them looking and feeling their best, here are a few tips for you:
1. Brush Your Dog’s Coat Regularly
Brushing your furry friend regularly helps to remove loose fur, prevent mats, and generally keep your dog’s coat looking fresh and clean.
Some dogs will require more frequent brushing than others, depending on their coat type. If your canine companion has long, thick fur, they will likely need more frequent brushing with a pin brush or a slicker brush. Short-haired breeds, on the other hand, will benefit from less frequent brushing and the use of a bristle brush.
Bathing helps keep your dog’s coat clean and fresh, as well as remove anything potentially harmful from their fur like sidewalk salt in the winter. However, not all pups need baths as frequently as others.
How often your dog needs a bath will depend on their coat type and lifestyle. Bath time is a great part of any grooming routine, but over-bathing can also strip their skin of natural oils, leading to dryness. Long-haired, active dogs typically need a bath every four to six weeks, while short-haired breeds can go longer in between baths.
Always use a dog-friendly shampoo, and make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any residue. Then, dry your pup thoroughly with an absorbent towel like the Dog Drying Shammy Towel to remove any excess moisture — too much moisture can lead to skin irritations and hot spots.
3. Stay Hydrated
One of the best ways to keep your companion’s skin healthy and bright is to keep them hydrated! Just like their parents, dogs need to drink enough water throughout the day, typically one ounce of water per pound of their body weight.
Dehydration can lead to dry, flaky skin and a dull coat. Make sure your pup always has access to clean, fresh water around the house, and you can even add water to their daily meals for extra intake.
4. Protect from Sun and Parasites
Just like humans, dogs can suffer from sunburn. If your dog spends time outdoors, especially in sunny areas, consider applying dog-safe sunscreen to protect their skin.
Additionally, parasites like fleas and ticks can lead to painful, itchy skin irritation, among other symptoms. Protect your furry friend by regularly applying preventive measures recommended by your vet.