How to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy the natural way?
No matter if you have a long haired dog that needs a hair cut on regular basis or a short haired one, there are a few things that you should know.
Some people believe that dogs should not be bathed at all and others would put their dog through the shower every time they come from a walk. So what is the right frequency of bathing and grooming? What products should one use? Do dogs like grooming and how to choose a good grooming salon?
While there will always be many opinions on this topic, here are a few basic principles that you can follow to make your dogs smell like a grass meadow and sandy beach instead instead of smelling like dirty socks.
- Remember that the most important part of achieving healthy skin and coat is the right nutrition. Processed food, poor quality and species inappropriate ingredients are the main reasons why some dogs do not smell exactly like roses. If your dog has a “doggy smell” it is a possible sign of cleansing or a nutritional imbalance. In other words, natural, ideally non-processed raw or cooked diets are the best way go.
- Even the best organic wholesome food is likely to be deficient at least in some essential nutrients such as minerals, amino acids and omega oils. Soil depletion has led to depletion of the whole food chain and selecting premium quality essential supplements will make a huge difference in your dog’s life and health including skin. My dog Skai gets the following GreenMin, Omega Oils, Probiotics and Whole food based vitamins
- Some people do not realize that skin in fact is permeable and toxins can readily penetrate it and accumulate in the body and that unlike our dogs’ ancestors, modern canines live in environments that are polluted and toxic. Environmental toxins are every present and it is wise to wash your dog at least once a month and do a liver detox once every 6 months (6 week course). Smaller dogs can use Livton 40 tabs, larger dogs should be on Livton 120 tabs.
- I recommend always using simple products made of plant based soaps and herbs. If your dog’s shampoo label contains chemicals and words that suggest artificial ingredients, exchange it for all natural products that preserves natural oils.
- If your dog likes to swim in the ocean, a good rinse EVERY TIME after a swim will prevent coat from bleaching out and getting dry and brittle. If your dog swims in fresh water, carefully evaluate the levels of possible pollution and rinse your dog when needed.
- Prevent the coat from staying damp due to slow drying, using hairdryer briefly after a walk will do the trick.
- Regular combing as often as possible, ideally on daily basis, will promote flow of skin and body energy. I strongly believe that regular combing promotes energy flow in the whole body which invigorates the skin, spine, organs and every cell of the body which prevents skin problems and hot spots
- A careful selection of a grooming facility is the key to creating a positive experience for your dog. Not all groomers are the same and not all grooming places have facilities that provide a stress free environment. Over heated and crowded cages, excessive noise, constant barking and stressed and hurried staff of some facilities can often turn your dog’s visit into torture.
- If your dogs has a skin condition, remember that the primary problem may not be the skin. I hope that you will read our blogs and attend our webinars to learn more.
Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM