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A dog whose diet is inadequate to meet its needs will have a dull, dry hair coat and will often shed excessively. For more information about pet nutrition, we recommend that you read the appropriate handouts in this client education series.
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Your pet’s coat consists of thousands of hairs produced in hair follicles. Because hairs are under constant environmental stress, they are continuously shed and replaced. Anyone who has ever cleaned up after his or her pet can attest to the volume of hair shed each day! Seasonal shedding, which also occurs to replace the coat, is affected by the outside temperature and hours of daylight each day (called a photoperiod). However, dogs who spend much of their time inside, exposed to a more consistent climate and electric light, may shed year-round. Sew DoggyStyle: DIY Pet Coat Pattern
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Photo provided by FlickrHere are some tips on how to keep your pet’s coat shiny and healthy:
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The condition of your pet's coat is a good indicator of whether or not he or she is in good health. Just like humans, pets can have allergies to foods, environmental factors and even flea bites. This sensitivity can cause dry, flaky skin, hot spots and a dull coat. Below are the keys to maintaining your pet's skin and coat health throughout the summer and all year long. To maintain your pet's healthy skin and coat, start a grooming routine. Some pets will continuously clean themselves; however, self-grooming does not always remove the buildup of dirt and bacteria that causes irritation to the skin and coat. Pets with skin allergies or irritation resulting from an injury, need bathing at least once a week. Many types of pet shampoos, some geared toward helping a specific skin condition, can help. For instance, contains ingredients that kill bacteria and other microorganisms that cause strong pet odors. To help moisturize your pet's coat and keep it soft and shiny, consider using . When it comes to pet skin care, a healthy diet is essential. Your pet's diet should contain high-quality food rich in Omega 3. Unfortunately, commercial pet food often lacks this important ingredient. An Omega 3 supplement like that contains fish oil can help maintain a healthy coat and address "empty calories." Hot spots, allergies and fur loss may be due in part to flea infestation. To ensure a full, shiny coat and optimal skin health, make flea and tick prevention part of your pet care routine. Repelling fleas on a regular basis helps keep these pests from invading your pet's coat and causing skin irritation. Choose a monthly flea preventative to make sure your pet is protected from fleas and the damage they do. Many pets shed, although some more than others. It is impossible to entirely prevent shedding; however, you can manage and even reduce your pet's shedding with a proper diet and the right grooming tools. Many pet parents love the effectiveness of the , which works to remove dead undercoat hair, reducing the amount of hair your pet sheds. As well, tasty are an easy way to help control shedding in cats and dogs from the inside out.
Proper grooming can also help keep your pet’s skin and coat in good shape. For information on grooming or bathing your pet, talk to your veterinarian and see the handouts “Grooming and Coat Care for Your Dog” and “Grooming and Coat Care for Your Cat.”