Coat Care – A shiny look
There is no accounting for taste: Some folk love Yorkshire terriers with a white bow tie while others prefer a cheerfully spotted short-coated Dalmatian or a shaggy bobtail. But dogs have one thing in common: Regardless of whether your dog is regularly salon-groomed or not, a full, shiny and cared for coat does not only look good, it also means that the pet is well nourished and healthy.
Shampoo only if necessary
“A healthy dog or cat coat looks after itself” says Thomas Steidl, small animal vet. “And when your lads are just back from tearing through the mud, just rinse them with warm water”. If you cannot avoid the use of shampoo, use a special dog shampoo which also oils the coat. In winter time when are roads being gritted, the vet recommends to wash their paws. According to Steidl, president of the association of practicing veterinarians in Baden-Württemberg, there are only two reasons to give your dog a bath: “Either the dog is really dirty or the vet has diagnosed a skin disease and prescribed bathing with certain drugs.”
Less Dirt in the House
Big bits that have lodged in the dog’s coat during a walk can be carefully brushed out using a natural bristle brush. You can also use a soft rubber or plastic grooming brush for short-haired or smooth-haired dogs like a boxer. A long haired dog such as a Newfoundland needs completely different grooming tools. Your breeder, vet or the closest Maxi Zoo store will be happy to tell you which tools are best suited to your dog’s needs. The important thing is that grooming does not hurt the dog. The dog should associate something positive with grooming. Some dogs shed fur even in winter. This is no reason for concern. If the hair loss is accompanied by itching or if there is any evidence of scabbing, red patches or pustules, there is a chance of infectious skin diseases. But it could also be an indication of other problems such as diseases of the thyroid gland, ovary or scrotum.
Support for seniors
As for us humans, the life span of our pets has also increased. Dull coat, hair loss, too little or too much fat from the sebaceous glands, all that can come with old age. A further advantage of regular brushing comes into its own here: the effect of encouraging the blood circulation. Apart from that, our four-legged friends enjoy being spoilt by us. At the same time, you can scan your pet’s skin for changes as you should show eczema, growths, cysts (so-called atheromas) or warts to your vet in good time and have them treated.
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