Brushing, bathing, and diet are often the only tricks you need to keep your dog's skin and coat healthy. Still, you need to know what you're looking for, so Pawsh Wash will consult with you, and give you advice on your dog's upkeep.
Is your dog's skin flaking and itchy?
Is your dog's coat oily and smelly?
Are there any sores or hot spots? (Be sure to look for hot spots on the tail and hind legs.)
Are red, irritated patches of skin visible? (Take a closer look by using a comb to separate the coat.)
Is your dog's hair brittle or prone to excessive shedding?
Knowing what kind of coat your dog is sporting will make it easier to determine the best way to maintain it.
Smooth - Markedly smooth and shiny, it requires little maintenance.
Breed examples - Boston terrier, Basset hound, Labrador
Medium - Hairs are about an inch long. Although still low maintenance, it will require more frequent bathing and brushing, due to observable shedding.
Do not shave these breeds, because there is an undercoat that acts as insulation that keeps them warm in winter and cool in summer.
Breed examples - Australian shepherd, golden retriever, border collie
Long - Coats require a great amount of brushing to keep the long hairs from matting.
Breed examples - collie, Yorkie
Wire-haired - A coarse coat that does not shed. Brushing is necessary.
Breed examples - Westie, Scottish terrier, border terrier
Wavy - Curly hair that requires daily brushing and frequent bathing. Every 6 to 8 weeks, grooming will be needed to maintain appearances.
Breed examples - poodle, Bichon Frise, Portuguese water dog
Tip 1 - Make sure your dog's diet is free of corn, wheat, and soy. These common allergens create an array of health problems.
Tip 2 - Enhance your dog's foods with an omega-enriched oil, such as fish, flax seed, or sunflower.
Tip 3 - Every 4 to 6 weeks, bathe your dog to remove any toxins and allergens from the skin and coat.
Tip 4 - Regularly brush your dog's coat to remove tangles. This will prevent matting that will otherwise keep oxygen from reaching the skin
Tip 5 - Throughout the year, treat your dog for ticks and fleas. Bug bites can make the skin itchy and inflamed.
For the past 10 years, Pawsh Wash has cared for dogs with quality grooming and bathing.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your dog's skin and coat could need some attention, so come see us today.