Diet. Did you know that some dogs have certain food allergies? Or that they can have certain sensitivities that can cause them to itch. When your dog starts to itch this creates dander, if you start to notice constant scratching, licking of the paws, chewing or flaky skin you should take them in to your vet right away to see if diet is the cause. It is amazing how quickly your dog’s coat can change from simply changing their food.
Brushing. Rule of thumb for brushing your dog is to try and do it every day! This helps loosen and reduce dander. To avoid spreading the dander throughout your house you should try and brush your dog outside! If you prefer or your dog will let you, you can purchase a pet vacuum to suck up the loose hair.
Bathing. Giving your dog a bath weekly is fine! If you are bathing this often you should be using a high quality shampoo (oatmeal works the best) so that your dog’s skin does not dry out. Bathing them also helps eliminate dander and helps loosen their hair. When your dog is shedding you can bathe them more often during this time (just make sure you are using a VERY good moisturizer) to help get rid of the hair and dander.
Keep it short. If you don’t have a lot of time to groom your pet regularly or you have allergies, try trimming your long haired dogs. This will help prevent the hair from attaching to other hair (we don’t want it just hanging around). Short haired dogs you can try damping a cloth and wiping them down occasionally to help keep that dander in its place and not tracking everywhere in your home.
Supplements. You can by certain supplements for your pet that can help minimize dander and soften your dog’s coat. Lack of enough fatty acids can cause your dog to have dry skin. Try adding Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids such as fish or coconut oil to your dog’s diet, this can help make your dog’s skin healthier so it don’t flake as much.
We all love our furry friend’s but some of us have allergies that we need to maintain, while also maintaining our pet’s health. I hope that these tricks of the trade can help both you and your little friend out!