Your Dog’s Coat Tells A Lot!
When you see a dog first from afar what’s the first thing you notice? Its color? The fur? Your dog’s skin and coat can prove to be great indicators of your dog’s health.
A healthy coat is shiny and smooth. It should not be brittle or coarse in texture. The skin of your dog should be soft and supple. If you notice that the skin is bumpy or flaky then this should be an alarming sign.
You can take care of our dog’s skin from the inside with the help of nutrition. However, the outwards appearance of your dog is maintained by regular grooming sessions.
Different Types of Coat
Due to cross breeding, dogs have developed several different types of coats. Some dogs have a thick, furry coat that does not shed hair at all. These breeds require regular visits for grooming to get rid of the unruly hair and make their hair look appealing. Siberian huskies and retrievers have a double coat. This means that they have an inner layer of fine hair. The undercoat serves as an insulating layer. However, a thick outer coat has guard hair.
These breeds tend to go through two heavy seasons of hair shedding cycles. During this period, large clumps of hair will be found all over your rugs, clothes, sofas and bed. These seasons are late fall and late spring.
Why is Grooming Important for Dogs?
It is very beneficial for dogs of all breeds and ages to undergo grooming sessions. What might vary is the frequency of sessions for every dog depending on its coat and skin health.
Dogs that have silky and furry coats require brushing every day. This prevents from their hair to be tangled especially around the armpits and groin region.
Some dogs require much less brushing. However it is best if we brush our dogs daily because knots of hair may cause twigs and leaves to get stuck. This in turn causes skin irritation.
Inspecting your dog’s skin on a daily to weekly basis also keeps you aware of any fleas or tick bites. In case you find any you can quickly cater to it instead of the bite growing.
Additionally, checking and feeling your dog’s coat can also let you know about any unusual lumps or masses.
Allergic skin diseases can hinder the appearance of your dog’s fur coat. It can take away the shininess and cause abnormal production of oils.
You will notice that if your dog’s coat and skin health is worsening due to an underlying medical condition, then correcting this will improve the coat condition.
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