Dog Skin Care / Skin and Coat
Skin Care / Skin and Coat
your dog accomplishes much more than just making his coat look nice
and shiny. It will provide you with the opportunity to spend some
“quality time” with your dog, combing, brushing, bathing and generally
bonding with him.
will be able to check your dog closely for any problems while grooming.
Move the hair aside and examine the skin closely for signs of flea,
ticks or skin irritations. Look for any unusual problems with the
coat such as mats, tangles, dandruff, etc. Mats and tangles can
be carefully removed while grooming.
where he likes to be combed and brushed and where he doesn’t. All
dogs have sensitive areas that need to be groomed a little more
gently and carefully than others. By paying special attention to
these areas, you will help make your dog more comfortable while
being groomed and he will not resist future grooming sessions. You
will also become familiar with areas that he enjoys having groomed.
This is helpful if you need to calm him during stressful times such
as veterinary visits.
your dog sniff the brush and comb before you begin grooming, and
then talk to your pet in a reassuring tone while grooming. If the
grooming procedure is made comfortable for your dog, he will begin
to look forward to regular grooming sessions.
for your “best friend’s” coat and skin shouldn’t feel like a terrible
chore, yet often pet owners and pets dread brushing and bathing
day. There are several keys to making coat and skin care painless
– even fun!
first is to begin grooming your dog while he’s still young. Puppies
become accustomed to grooming and as they grow up, won’t fight you
at every turn. Keep in mind that puppies are like children and have
short attention spans. Select a time when the puppy is less energetic.
Begin with short grooming sessions, five minutes or so. Constantly
talk to your puppy in a gentle, reassuring tone while grooming to
make him feel comfortable. Be sure to check his ears, paws, teeth,
and underside during the grooming procedure. In time, this will
make him accustomed to being handled and examined. Eventually, he
will be quite comfortable being groomed, and will look forward to
these sessions with you.
you approach coat and skin care with a positive attitude, your dog
is likely to enjoy the process more, and the very best of all: bonding
takes place! Keep the tone of your voice positive, and praise your
pet constantly. A gentle touch is the most important approach to
grooming your dog, especially when you’re handling sensitive areas
such as the face, belly, and tail. Try not to hold your dog’s legs
and paws too tight when you brush them so he won’t feel restrained.
Regular grooming is essential to your dog’s health and well being.
Regular combing and brushing will:
the coat clean and healthy
stimulate the skin
the natural oils to circulate to the coat for a lustrous coat
allow you to carefully check for potentially serious problems
areas for hair loss, inflammations, unusual tenderness or lumps
under the skin. Constant scratching in a particular area may also
be an indication of a problem. Check with your veterinarian about
any unusual problems found.
Combing, and Bathing doesn’t have to be complicated!
Skin Irritations – Hitchhikers are Foreign Objects
Dry Skin – your dog is constantly scratching, biting or licking
Dog Skin Odor – body odor can usually be traced to one of three
causes: oily skin, bacteria or yeast present on the skin, or the
dog rolled in something that has a foul odor.
Skin Infection – Fungal and Yeast Infections in Dogs
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