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Just like us, the skin is the largest organ our pups have, so a little bit of care and attention goes a long way to maintaining healthy skin. Skin afflictions, allergies and sore spots can be extremely distressing for dogs so it is important to manage and treat any issues before they cause further problems. Here we've listed our top five essential ways you can protect your pup’s precious skin.
Whether your pup has a short or long coat it is important to think about their exposure to the sun. Overexposure can be very damaging for your pup’s skin and white dogs or those with pink skin need to be especially careful in hotter weather. It's important to be mindful of how much time your pup spends in the sun and even consider finding a pet safe sunblock. Short-haired breeds could even have a t-shirt popped on to protect the bulk of their body.
A daily regime of healthy vitamins and minerals can help boost your pup’s immune system and help keep their skin healthy. Foods rich in fatty acids and oils are essential for healthy skin and these are found in many naturally occurring sources so you shouldn’t need to add any specific vitamin supplements to your dog’s diet.
Canine allergies usually appear in the form of rashes, reddened feet, hot spots or can even effect the respiratory tract. Allergy symptoms only come about once the organs are already overworked, so it is essential to speak with your vet is your pup is ill. However, itchy and sore skin can be soothed using a number of products from aloe vera to coconut oil.
Grooming may be a treat for your pup but it’s also absolutely essential for their skin and coat health. Grooming helps to keep the skin healthy especially as matted fur and coats can lead to serious skin irritations and sore patches. Dogs should have their coats brushed every day, even short breeds as this helps to stimulate their hair and skin growth cells. Bathing should also be regular, although for most breeds more than once a week is not recommended and can potentially cause further skin irritation.
Pampering doesn’t have to be a rare treat. You can give your dog’s skin and coat TLC as often as you like. Oil soaks can really help to rejuvenate the coat and give the skin a boost. A coconut oil wash or soak can help in many ways helping to clear up any skin conditions or irritations such as eczema or dermatitis. It can also help to minimise that dreaded doggy odour and prevent and treat the growth of yeast or other fungal infections. Coconut oil is also a natural disinfectant and can even protect against ticks and mites.
Even the furriest pooches need to have their skin regularly checked and looked after. It is something you should ensure is always checked out at your annual vet’s check-up and the more aware you are of your pup’s skin’s condition and potential issues, the better positioned you are to handle any problems!