Dogs are more than just man’s best friend; these furry companions are members of our family. And what proud pet parent wouldn’t want their family to look their best? There are many ways you can work to improve your pet’s health and happiness, and one of those is by focusing on items that can add a little beauty to the nails, skin, and coat of your dog. Here are our favorite ideas to add that extra sparkle to your furred companion’s look.
Pamper with a Pawdicure
Just as you would consult a beauty expert about those new squoval nails or a shiny coat of polish, your pet can benefit from quality nail care too. Much like your choice between high-quality press-ons or a full manicure at a salon, your dog can also choose from at-home nail care or clipping and filing by a professional. The choice depends primarily on your skill level and the temperament of your dog. For very wriggly or nervous pups, at-home trims may take some practice, so you may want to start with a pro.
Trimming your dog’s nails can have more than a cosmetic effect. Proper trimming and filing can help prevent injuries from scratching and foot discomfort in your pup too. In addition, your carpet and furniture will thank you with less wear and tear.
Fur-Friendly Cut and Cleaning
Speaking of the salon, your pet can benefit from a haircut and shampoo as much as you do. Grooming a dog is essential to keep their coat shiny and free of tangles. For some specific breeds, fur care is even more vital, as dogs like a poodle or a bichon frise can get painful, ugly mats if not groomed frequently. Shampoos can help reduce pests such as fleas or ticks, as well as reduce pet dander and minimize allergens in your house.
All-natural dog shampoos offer a way to help keep your pet’s skin moisturized and protected to minimize itching and scratching with skin-soothing additives like aloe. Even better, your pooch will come out smelling great too!
Nutrition for Looks and Love
Another thing to add to your canine’s beauty routine is dog supplements or dog vitamins. Just like with humans, dogs don’t always eat the perfect diet. Additionally, food isn’t a one-size-fits-all and different sizes and breed of dog can benefit from different nutrients. Supplementing your dog’s food can add those missing nutrients.
Dog supplements fill a nutritional void and approve overall health with veterinarian-approved formulas, but how do they actually work? You can choose from once daily chews, kind of like a multivitamin that improves your pet’s skin, coat, and teeth. The formula helps support tendon health, shiny fur, and can reduce plaque too. There are additional supplements available for both large and tiny breeds. Look for formulas that include Omegas 3, 6, and 9, as well as fatty acids, dietary fiber, and phytonutrients.
Have Some Fun
Once you’ve got all the basics of pet health and beauty covered, there’s no reason not to have some fun. Go shopping for the latest edgy collar with cute pop culture designs like Star Trek or the Simpsons. Find a bandana that adds character and helps your pup stand out. There are even Halloween costumes available for the amenable pup. Find great selections on Etsy or at your local pet store to make a pet and parent theme.
Just remember, if your pet doesn’t want to wear that favorite NFL jersey, that’s ok too. Make sure that your pet is cautiously introduced to any beauty routine or item, and if the animal gets too uncomfortable — make sure you stop and check with professionals whether online or in person. As a member of your family, it’s up to you to promote good health when it comes to teeth, coat, and nails for your furred friend. So grab some nutritious treats and get ready, it’s time to go pamper yourself and your pup too!