4 Tips for healthy fur for dogs and cats
This wet weather will give anyone the occasional bad hair day, even our pets. Every breed has its own hairdo. Some people will regularly take their pet to the groomer to give them a new fancy do. Others are a bit more practical and will use a scrunchy to keep the hair out of their pups eyes. Of course our pets couldn’t care less about their looks, but fur maintenance is an important part of pet care. The condition of their coat is a key indicator of your pet's health. That’s why we will give you some tips that will help you keep your pet's fur in tip-top shape.
Tip 1: Be mindful of hair loss
A healthy coat of fur doesn’t shed a lot. During shedding season, there is bound to be more hair loss, as dogs and cats trade their summer coats for a winter coat, or vice versa. This is especially true for pets that live outside because dogs and cats that mainly live indoors shed gradually and throughout the year. Is your pet losing more hair than usual? That may be an indication something is going on with their health. Consult with your vet to see whether anything is wrong. Your pet may simply need a change of diet.
Tip 2: Healthy fur starts with a proper diet
A healthy coat has a beautiful shine to it. Your pet will get some of the building blocks they need for healthy fur from its diet. If your pet’s coat is looking a bit dull, it may benefit from salmon oil. Salmon oil contains fatty acids called omega 3 and 6. These nutrients support the skin, fur and joints. That is why salmon oil is one of the ingredients of the fresh steamed meals for dogs by Pets Unlimited.
Is your dog or cat experiencing hair loss or other skin problems? Check if the food you are giving them contains grains. If so, try feeding something with less of no grain, to see if your pet is sensitive to this ingredient.
Tip 3: Brush your pet regularly
By brushing your pet regularly, you make sure they will always look their best. Brushing helps remove tangles and loose hairs and allows you to check your pet’s skin for parasites and other issues. During shedding season, this is a great way to help your pet get rid of its excess hair asap. By brushing your cat, you also prevent them from ingesting excessive amounts of hair, so you will also reduce the amounts or hairballs!
Tip 4: Use a shampoo designed for animals
Has your dog been rolling in the mud? Or are you taking your cat to a cat show? In both cases, you will probably want to bathe them. Be aware though, you cannot soap up your pet with a shampoo that is meant for humans. To clean your pet, use a shampoo that is designed specifically for dogs and cats.
Once they are clean, rub the fur with a towel and let it air-dry. Give your pet a good brushing to remove tangles and the wellness experience is complete – if you’re lucky. Some dogs and cats have no patience for washing and brushing and may kick up a fuss when you attempt to groom them. Try distracting them with a tasty snack by Pets Unlimited and ease their discomfort!
With these tips in mind, you will always have a sharp-looking pet, and you’ll be able to keep a close eye on their health. Unfortunately, these tips will not prevent bad hair days. We just need to deal with those!