by Lauren Lovan, Grant & Communications Specialist, Yavapai Humane Society
We all are conscious about taking care of our skin and hair and overall well-being, but we also have to remember that our pups need skin, coat and overall care as well. The maintenance is simple, quick and well worth the results that will benefit your dog.
Essential oils are not only beneficial to us, but they are very beneficial to our pups, too. For instance, if your dog shows signs of anxiousness, Roman chamomile is soothing and produces a calming effect, as well as relieves any pain your dog may have. Cedar-wood oil repels fleas, and geranium oil repels ticks, as well as lessens feelings of stress.
If your dog tends to get car sick, ginger oil combats nausea and upset stomachs, and it is also good for dogs suffering from dysplasia, strains and sprains, and arthritis. Valerian oil is a good oil for dogs because it works to calm dogs experiencing separation and noise anxiety.
Another sign of a healthy dog is its coat. The key to your dog’s fur being soft and shiny is in your home, and the care is extremely easy to implement. You can start by incorporating carrots into your dog’s diet. Carrots are essential to skin health, which in turn is needed for the health of their fur. Eggs, olive oil, margarine and parsley in moderate doses, are all foods that make your dog’s coat smooth, full and shiny.
Brushing and grooming your dog regularly is also going to ensure it has the best coat and skin health. This helps to get the dead skin and loose hair off its body, which makes it easier for your dog to move and doesn’t allow for matted fur to form, causing it to catch and pull on its skin. PetSmart offers wonderful grooming services seven days a week for a reasonable price.
Making sure your dog is receiving the proper coat and skin care is imperative to its health because not only are you promoting blood circulation, you will know something is wrong internally if the coat is usually pristine and it suddenly starts looking brittle or greasy.
Your dog needs to be taken care of mentally and physically, and these tips will get you well on your way to keeping it feeling and looking good, too. You and your dog will be shining together inside and out.