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3 Tips for a Healthy Dog Coat

posted by The Daily Fluff September 20, 2017 0 comments

Fur. Pretty much all dogs of different shapes, sizes, and colour have it, with some having long, some having short, some having straight and some having curly coats of fur. For all dogs though, having a nice shiny healthy coat helps in their overall health and wellbeing, plus really healthy fur is so beautiful and luxurious to pat.

Below we have 3 tips to help you and your dog achieve ultimate hair goals, or in this case fur goals.

Nutrition

Nutrition is a big factor in determining how healthy a dog’s coat will be. Essentially the more nutrient dense your dog’s diet is the healthier your dog will be and in turn, the shinier and healthier their coat will be as well. To accomplish this, find foods that are best for your dog’s breed, size, and age, which can be done by simply reading the labels and contents of your dog’s food. Foods that are high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids are also great in keeping your dogs coat shiny and healthy. It’s important to note that it is best to talk to your vet about the best nutrition and food for your dog as each breed may have different nutritional needs.

Grooming

Grooming is an important step in giving your dog a nice shiny and healthy coat of fur. This can either be done through a professional groomer or even on your own. As a guide; long-haired breeds should be brushed twice a week, those with thick undercoats should be brushed once a week, and short-haired breeds need to be brushed frequently to get rid of loose fur.

Bathing

Obviously it’s important to wash and bathe your dog regularly to keep them happy and healthy, however, it is also important not to bathe them too frequently. Washing your dog about once a month is generally enough to help keep their skin and fur healthy. This is because constant bathing can strip your dog’s fur of the essential natural oils that they produce to keep their coats healthy, similar to the advice we are given as humans to not wash our hair too much for the same reason.

 

Did these tips help your pooch get a nice shiny coat? Have you got any other tips and tricks to help dogs maintain a healthy coat? Let us know in the comments!

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Health Warning – Ticks

posted by The Daily Fluff September 15, 2016 0 comments

Pet owners are urged to keep an eye out for a potentially deadly tick which has found its way to Melbourne.

Find out more in the following clip by 7 News.

We spoke with Dr Andrea from Reservoir Vet Clinic to get her expert advice on the outbreak.

How can pet owners avoid their pet coming into contact with the Eastern Paralysis Tick?
Recent studies are showing that the Eastern Paralysis Tick is in metropolitan Melbourne- so using proven tick treatments such as Bravecto on dogs and Seresto on cats is going to help prevent tick paralysis – always follow the manufacturers instructions.
What are the symptoms of a tick bite that pet owners should look out for?
Unfortunately symptoms can vary a lot and can include, staggering, change of voice, vomiting, not able to eat properly, difficulty breathing,  difficulty walking or not wanting to walk.
If an owner suspects their pet has been bitten by a tick, what should they do?
It’s important to seek veterinary assistance immediately as paralysis tick is life threatening.
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