Coat Care – A shiny look

A lovely silky coat usually means that your dog is happy, well fed and healthy. Read our tips on how to care for your animal’s coat particularly in winter …

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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Flea Remedies
Fleas can be a problem with cats and dogs even in the cold season. This is an easy way to find out if your pet has fleas. Sit your pet on a white towel or cloth and tousle their fur. If your pet has a more serious infestation, flea faeces will drop onto the white cloth. They look like back-brown threads about one to three millimetres long. If you drop some water on those and dab them with a paper tissue they will immediately turn red as they contain the digested blood. If you have confirmed that your pet has fleas, you should go and see your vet. There are some types of fleas which can live on people. Fleas can also give your dog or cat tape worms. Drugs are best way to kill the live adult fleas living in your cat’s or dog’s fur. Your vet will advise you on the available options. Maxi Zoo stores also have a range of suitable products available. In order to eradicate the next flea generation, thoroughly vacuum the areas of your home that your cat or dog has access to. Also wash all blankets and beds where your pet likes to lie down in as hot a wash as possible.