Not a lot of pet owners think about dog skin care, but it is actually an important part of our dog’s well-being and comfort. When we make an effort to care for our dog’s skin, we enjoy a better looking dog—and they are more comfortable and happy as well.
While we all concentrate on the outside to improve our appearance, the best way to start dog skin care is actually through food. That’s right, a good diet is integral to having good skin. I mean, if we eat junk all the time, we won’t be surprised if we have greasy skin full of breakouts, right? It’s the same with our dogs. Canine junk food in the appearance of pet food can result in bad skin, not to mention poor health.
As much as you are able, feed your dog premium meat and fresh vegetables and fruits that are laden with moisture. This will do wonders for your dog’s over-all well-being. Omega fatty acids found in marine fish replenish lost oils and will keep your dog’s skin clear, and his coat all thick and shiny.
Of course if you are like many pet owners, you may not have the time or money to prepare natural food for your pet. If this is you, you don’t need to worry. There are actually several pet food brands out there that have a lot of vitamins and nutrients that your dog needs. Don’t buy those cheap commercial pet food that are full of fillers and preservatives – opt for high quality dog food all the time as part of your dog skin care regimen.
Now, I don’t have anything against cheap pet food. The problem is that often times the reason why pet food is cheap is because they scrimp on quality ingredients that dogs need to stay healthy. It is a much better alternative to invest in good food early on than give him junk food that he will have to pay for later on in life.
Aside from a good diet, look for pet products made with herbal ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E. These are excellent in keeping the dog’s skin supple and healthy. Mild, natural formulations are a lot better because frequent washings can dry out the dog’s skin and we don’t want dry, itchy skin for our furry friends.
Another important practice is to groom and brush our dog’s coat often. Gently untangle the knots in his hair and remove dirt and small stones that might have gotten stuck in there. This helps avoid “hot spots” and flea infestation—very painful and inconvenient in a dog’s life. If you do find fleas and ticks in your dog’s skin, give him flea prevention topical medication. You can also use a mix of water and essential oils (citronella, lavender, etc.) and mist it all over your dog’s coat. This is a natural repellent for parasites and insects.