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Southlake Animal Hospital

3570 E. Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

Coat Care Tips for Your Canine Companion

February 15 2018

Take a glance at your dog’s coat of fur—is it looking healthy and moisturized? Far too often, our canine companions’ coat quality suffers needlessly. Use these tips from a Crown Point, IN veterinarian to make sure that your dog’s coat stays in tip-top shape:

Feed a Great Diet

Step one for making sure your dog’s coat continues to look great is easier than you may think. Feed your pet a high-quality, well-balanced diet; it’s one of the best ways to keep your dog’s coat of fur—not to mention all other body systems—in peak condition! When your dog receives the right nutrients through the food, the skin and hair remains healthy. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a great diet choice for your pooch if their kibble needs an upgrade.

Brushing

Brush your dog on a regular basis, and you’ll be amazed at the difference you’ll see. It’s especially important for dogs with longer hair. Brushing not only removes loose and dead fur from the coat, it spreads essential skin oils through the hair itself to keep the coat moisturized in a natural way. Ultimately, you’re giving Fido’s coat a great cleaning while also helping to give it a natural, healthy shine!

Bathing

The occasional bath is another good way to keep your dog looking—and smelling—their best. Always use a canine-formulated shampoo, available in pet supply shops and certain retail outlets, as a shampoo made for humans or other animals may be too strong for your dog’s skin. In addition, be careful not to bathe your pup too frequently, as this can lead to dry skin and fur and detriment your pet’s coat quality in the long run. Ask your vet about how frequently your dog might need a bath.

Pest Prevention

Parasitic infestation is a leading cause of poor coat quality, bald patches, and other fur-related health issues. Fleas, in particular, are a common problem, especially when the weather warms up. If your dog isn’t already wearing preventative medications to ward off fleas, ticks, worms, and other pests, it’s time to act! Call your vet’s office today to get your dog set up with the preventatives that he or she needs.

Do you need help with your dog’s grooming routine? Would you like a recommendation on a great dog shampoo or brush type? We’re here to help—contact your Crown Point, IN vet to learn more.

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