How Your Dog’s Fur Talks About Her Health

Your Dog’s Fur: The Key To Her Health

You may not realize it, but your dog’s fur says an awful lot about her health. If she is healthy, her fur should be shiny, strong, and free of excess dander and of odd smells. Here’s a look at how your dog’s diet can impact her fur, as well as a few things you should watch out for when it comes to the health of her coat.

The right food

A balanced diet with plenty of protein and amino acid content will help strengthen and replenish your dog’s coat by giving it the building blocks of the hair’s natural structure.

Dog fur is made mostly of protein, so a coat that is dull or fragile can be an indication that your pooch isn’t getting the best nutrition.

Do your research about the best kind of food and the right portions of it for your dog. If the diet needs an extra boost, you can talk to your vet about pet supplements.

That “new dog” smell

The look and feel of the fur aren’t the only ways to monitor your dog’s health through his or her coat. The fur should also smell fresh in between baths. A strong, musky, or foul odor on dry fur is often an indication of bacterial infection, fungus, fleas, or even dry skin. A coat that stays stinky even after a scrub is a sign that a visit to the vet may be in order.

Keeping your dog’s coat strong and shiny will teach you a lot about how to care for his or her health in general. It’s a great way to monitor nutrition, win the fight against parasites, and stay informed about your dog’s feelings.

It’s also a wonderful way to bond. Regular brushing, baths, and petting are all part of the process, so show your dog love and attention for the good of his or her health as well as the good of your relationship with one another.

– via Cesar’s Way

Know Your Way Around Puppy Dandruff

Worried that your puppy might have too much dandruff? Your dog’s fur can say a lot about his health, even as a young pup, but dandruff in puppies isn’t really something to worry about. If you’re concerned about puppy dandruff or want a few ways to help alleviate it, look no further. 

Many puppies seem to have more dandruff or dry, flaky skin than would be expected. This is quite normal in puppies and is especially noted in those with dark coat colors.

This is simply because the dander becomes quite visible against the dark hair. In most puppies, especially those less than four months of age, the normal lubricating glands (sebaceous glands) of the skin tend to be underactive.

As these glands mature their lubrication output increases to match the needs of the coat. Factors such as dry air (low humidity) will also contribute to dander production.

Dander is dry, dead skin that in the absence of moisture will flake away and be visible as white flakes. This ‘flaking’ may also be itchy.

The only symptoms are the white skin flakes most pronounced about the neck, back and rump areas. The flaking process may create a mild itching much like humans experience from dry, flaky skin.

There are no real risks other than hair loss. This, however, is rare. Severe flakiness or hair loss should not be considered normal dandruff production and an examination of the skin should be done.

If the itching is intense, suspect other factors such as fleas, lice or mange mites. Fatty acid supplements such as Drs. Foster & Smith Vitacaps or Vitacoat work well at supplying needed oils for the hair coat.

Oatmeal shampoos followed by a moisturizing rinse will help keep the oils in, cleanse the skin and remove the dander.

– via Animal Planet

What do you think your dog’s fur says about her?

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