There’s nothing like a shiny, healthy-looking dog coat. Keeping your dog’s coat healthy can also reduce future skin and fur problems. Your dog’s coat needs to be brushed once or twice a week.
For a healthy dog coat, add one teaspoon of soybean, corn or cottonseed oil to your dog’s food every day. This can also reduce shedding.
Long-haired dogs or dogs with a thick fur may need more brushing than dogs with short hair because their hair tends to mat. Matting can cause your dog to have skin irritations or possibly retain odor in the coat. If your dog has a thick, heavy dog coat, the stripping knife may not do the trick, in which case you can use a pair of scissors to snip the mat off. Unfortunately, many of us dog owners have no choice.
Some dogs shed a lot, some shed a little and some don’t shed at all. Having tumbleweeds of dog hair circling your kitchen is not a pretty sight. Brushing your dog’s coat outdoors also helps the hairy situation in the house. Never brush your dog’s coat when it’s wet, it causes matting and loss of hair. You can try putting a no-shed solution in your dog’s food. Taking care of your dog’s coat is important for both you and your dog.