Few pets love bath time, but regular grooming is an important part of your dog’s health maintenance. While regular brushing can go a long way, a gentle sudsy dog bath can help nourish the skin and coat, while ridding the coat of allergens, dirt, and mattes.
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Since some dogs absolutely detest the bathing process, it’s important to make your pet feel as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips to make the do-it-yourself route more enjoyable.
Tools Required – Gather dog shampoo, conditioner (optional), towel, waterproof apron (optional), brush/comb and healthy dog treats for good behavior. We are partial to our own delicious 6 calorie Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats.
Brushing – Brush your dog to rid his coat of tangles or mats. Brushing first can help the shampoo better penetrate to the skin. Find the best comb and/or brush for his coat type. When brushing out mats, hold your pet’s fur close to the skin and gently working out the mat. It’s fine to cut out mats that can’t be removed via brushing.
Bathing – Use plenty of warm water to keep him nice and wet, and be sure to work the soap all the way through his fur to his skin. Start at the neck and work your way down. While bathing him, check for ticks, fleas, cuts or irritated skin. Some pet parents tend to skip face washing, but consider that the face is a bacteria trap where food and water cling, especially around the mouth. If your pet is especially resentful of water around his face, try using a washcloth instead.
Drying – Allow your canine to drip dry for a few minutes before towel drying him. You can purchase a special doggy blow dryer or can use a regular one on the cool setting.
Aside from do-it-yourself grooming sessions, help maintain a healthy coat through nutrition. Select a dog food that lists a quality protein as its primary ingredient, and make sure it’s free of fillers and artificial preservatives.
Evanger’s complete and balanced dog dinner Catch of the Day is a savory, grain-free option for keeping a canine’s fur in fine form, while also addressing skin sensitivities and allergies. Evanger’s Grain Free Salmon also makes for a wonderful Omega-3 packed supplement to any existing dog food meal.
All good dogs should be rewarded with Evanger’s USA Made Grain Free Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats for dogs, a great way to indulge a dog while staying on the healthy path. These freeze dried snacks pair a unique variety of game meats with fruits and vegetables. Evanger’s jerky line satisfies with such flavors as Grain Free Organic Chicken, Grain Free Venison, Grain Free Pheasant, and Grain Free Buffalo.
Remember that a healthy coat starts with solid USA made nutrition like Evanger’s canned and dry dog foods.