Dog Skin Problems - How to Prevent Them
Because dog skin problems can affect your dog''s health and happiness it''s a whole lot more important than just about getting compliments from your friends, family and neighbors for owning a dog with healthy, glowing skin and a gleaming coat.
Don''t worry if you''ve never thought much about your pets´s possible skin problems or how to deal with them properly. That''s why we''re here - to help you understand a number of different dog health care problems, how they can impact your dog''s overall health and wellbeing, and how you can prevent and/or treat them.
Although there are exceptions, if your dog has a beautiful, shiny coat, it''s a good sign that he''s probably in excellent overall health.
He''s also more likely to enjoy life if his skin is healthy, because he won''t be scratching or chewing on himself constantly in order to relieve a skin irritation or itchiness.
It works the other way, too, though. If you care for your dog''s skin and coat properly and prevent him from suffering from any dog skin problems, your dog will enjoy improved overall health and wellbeing as the payoff.
And you''ll be able to enjoy those compliments from your friends, family and neighbors, too.
The Origin of The Problem
A lot of different health conditions can provoke dog skin conditions.
They include everything from a flea or tick infestation to hot spots, mange, ringworm or another contagious skin disease. Any of them can cause itchy skin, hair loss, infection and discomfort for your dog.
All this means that it''s a terrific idea to take a careful look at your dog''s skin and coat on a regular basis - hopefully every day. It only takes a couple of minutes, and it''s a worthwhile thing to do even if you''re not aware of any current problems with his skin or coat.
The health benefits your dog will enjoy as a result of preventing dog skin problems and a having healthy, glowing skin and a beautiful, gleaming coat make up for the minor bit of effort you''ll need to exert to care for his skin and coat properly.
Dog skin care is easy, and if you do it right, you won''t need to expose him to any toxic chemicals like the ones you''d find in squeeze-on liquid flea and tick preventives, for example.
The Link Between Skin And Diet
You might think caring for your dog''s skin and preventing dog skin problems starts with regular bathing and grooming. Well, those two things are definitely an essential part of dog skin care, but believe it or not, it all really starts with his diet.
The most effective way to ensure your dog''s skin and coat remain healthy is to feed him a wholesome, nutritious diet that''s rich in high quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and so forth.
Natural dog foods are always best because they don''t contain any artificial ingredients that could endanger your dog.
You might also want to supplement your dog''s diet with fish oil or another natural supplement that''s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
Next, turn your attention to your dog''s hygiene. Regular bathing and grooming are essential in maintaining a healthy coat and skin.
Make sure you bathe your dog with a gentle shampoo that''s specifically formulated for dogs. Don''t bathe him too often, though, because that can make certain dog skin problems worse. For example, if your dog''s skin is dry and flaky, excessive bathing can exacerbate the condition.
Brush your dog at least a few times a week (some breeds require daily brushing) to remove dead hair, reduce shedding, help keep his coat clean, prevent tangles and mats in long-haired dogs, stimulate his skin, and distribute the natural protective oils his body produces throughout his coat.
Brushing also gives you the perfect opportunity to move his fur aside and check for fleas, ticks, cuts, irritated or inflamed areas, sores, and other dog skin problems. Make sure you use a brush that''s specifically designed for your dog''s type of coat.
If you do detect a problem with your dog''s skin or coat, a variety of natural products are available to help. We''ve had particular success with a natural product called Critter Oil, although many other natural products are also available to treat various dog skin problems.
Caring for your dog''s skin and coat properly can help prevent a number of dog skin problems and improve your dog''s overall health.
If a skin issue does happen to develop and persists for more than just a few days, contact your vet.