Clem hasn’t always had a healthy looking shine to his coat. When he was younger, his coat started to get dull. I’d always had Old English Sheepdogs, so having a short haired dog was new to me, and my biggest issue with sheepy hair, was finding it EVERYWHERE. So why did Clem’s coat not have the glow that I saw others have.
It turns out that there were some things that I wasn’t doing to help him look (and even FEEL) his best. Today his coat looks as good as it did when he was a pup thanks to these 5 tips
1. Give your dog a bath
I used to bathe and groom my sheepdogs often. I had to with that long hair, but for some reason I figured that a short coated dog didn’t need maintenance. Boy, was I wrong. Dirt can build up and really dull the coat. The key is to NOT bathe too often and use a good moisturizing shampoo with a conditioner after. Just like on MY SHORT HAIR.
2. Brush regularly
Again, I figured, no long hair…no brushing necessary, but brushing the hair allows for the natural oils to come through the newly stimulated skin and follicles.
3. Protection from the elements
The snow can do the same to a dog’s coat as it does to your skin…..dry it out. A dog’s coat will grow thicker and dryer to protect them. So, please don’t leave your dog out in the snow for too long or provide some protection from the elements.
4. A good diet
When I switched to Petcurean Now Fresh! Clem got the Omega fatty acids that a dog needs in their diet to keep their coat healthy. Salmon is chock full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and all of Petcurean’s formulas have plenty of the delicious fish in their recipes.
5. Keep them healthy
Your dog’s dull coat can be a clue that something is wrong, and regular visits to his/her veterinarian for regular checkup can get to the bottom of any medical problems that may be causing the dullness.
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