Dog Coat HealthWritten by Matthew Seigneur
Dog Coat Health
Keeping your dogís coat healthy and clean is a very important to maintaining a healthy and happy dog. The largest organ on your dogís body is his skin and hair. Keeping your dogs' coat in good health is paramount, after, of course, letting your dog know how much you love them!
Most dog owners know to look for parasites on skin but, what you may not know is that internal diseases such as liver disease, adrenal gland disease or thyroid gland disease can show itself through abnormal symptoms in dogs' skin and hair. So, it is very important to examine and groom your dog so you can detect any abnormalities early.
Regular grooming will help decrease such infections like skin and ear infections. And you will be able to notice any abnormal skin discoloring or irritations.
Bathing and brushing on a regular basis can help keep your dogís skin and coat free from bacteria that can cause infection. Bathing with a 'natural' and very mildly antiseptic coat care lotion can also keep down your dogs' chance of flea infestations. Be also careful not to bath your dog too much or that could cause skin irritation, flaking and more.
If your Dog is ok (not himself, but his skin & coat!) with being bathed regularly, weekly bathing will keep down doggie odor, encourage a healthy coat and skin, and also get your dog use to bathing. If your dog loves outdoors and like to roam, then he may need to be bathed more than once a week. If he encounters a skunk while on his journey, he will need an immediate bath!
Flea Control for DogsWritten by Matthew Seigneur
There are many different methods of flea control.
If you have a dog, flea control is an important part of being a responsible owner. After all, no dog likes to have fleas, but often it happens anyway. For most dogs, an occasional flea dip, or a bath with flea-killing shampoo is enough to keep problem under control. However, if that doesnít work for flea control, it might be necessary to try other things.
Usually, flea dip will be enough, however, if it isnít, you should try giving your dog regular baths with flea shampoo. You can find high quality flea shampoo at any of your local pet stores, and itís generally not too expensive. This is a great option for flea control if you have a dog who doesnít mind baths, or who isnít afraid of water.
If this doesnít work, you can also try getting a flea repellent collar. While itís always possible just to put flea collar on, most people choose to put both flea collar and dogís normal collar on Ė that way you get flea control and dog is identifiable if it gets lost.