pet careAnyone can buy or adopt a dog. In fact, about 46,300,000 households have a canine family member of their own. Unfortunately, not all dog owners know the ins and outs of dog health and good pet care. Many aren’t aware of the signs and symptoms of an unwell pup or the characteristics of a strong and well cared for one.

Did you know that a glossy coat is a major sign of a healthy dog? Like our own human hair, dog fur gets dull as a result of poor nutrition. Fur can also lose its shine and become brittle due to certain medical issues, including parasites, infections, and kidney and thyroid problems.

If you’ve visited an animal hospital or vet clinic and are positive that your pet is free of serious health conditions, take the following steps to ensure that your dog’s coat stays shiny and soft.

1. Provide them with a highly nutritious diet
As mentioned above, poor nutrition can lead to dull and brittle hair or fur. Make sure you are paying close attention to the ingredients in your dog’s food. Fish like tuna, sardines, and salmon are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for cultivating a healthy and beautiful coat. Try adding a teaspoon of vegetable, sunflower, olive, or flaxseed oil to your pup’s food.

2. Protect against fleas and ticks
Damaged fur can indicate the presence of fleas and ticks since these parasites irritate the skin, causing the dog to scratch and bite. All this scratching and chewing will thin the coat over time. Fortunately, tick and flea prevention medications and techniques are available at your local pet care clinic.

3. Bathe regularly
First, it’s important to note that bathing too often will strip your dog’s coat of its essential oils. A bath about once every month will suffice. Make sure you apply a natural, moisturizing conditioner, preferably with vitamin E to sooth both the skin and hair or fur. Giving your pup an oatmeal bath is a great way to revitalize dull fur, particularly if your dog is suffering from skin problems.

Pets aren’t all that different from us humans, especially when it comes to health and nutrition. A nutritious diet, medical intervention, and good hygiene practices are all it takes to ensure your pup’s coat stays shiny and soft at all times.