Dog Skin Care

Every dog deserves some basic skin care, popularly referred to as grooming. This is important,  as dog grooming is the process that removes dead cells and hairs, matted hairs, bits and pieces of debris from the dog's skin and coat.

The dog grooming process stimulates blood flow to the skin, thereby enhancing and promoting healthy skin and hair growth. A healthy skin and coat means your pet will be less likely to suffer dog itching.

It also promotes and strengthens the bond between the dog and its owner. What better way to get to know your dog and your dog get to know you. Most dogs are easy to groom at home, but get some good advice or a grooming guide before trying to do it for the first time.

All dogs should be groomed every day, for about 5-10 minutes at a time. This is better than leaving it for long periods and then trying to comb out matted hair for an hour every 2-3 weeks or so.

The time and effort required for grooming will depend on the type of dog coat. Long haired dogs will of course need extra time and attention, whilst short haired or hairless dogs need much less attention.

If you keep a good dog skin care routine, you will be able to manage and control the dog shedding process.

As with any task, using the right tool will make the job easier. For brushing the dog's coat, use a good Dog De-Shedding Grooming Tool and the task will be made so much easier.

Flea control is an essential part of normal dog skin care and dog grooming routine.

Dogs should be bathed when they need it, but perhaps once a month at the minimum. If a dog takes part in activities that involve a lot of rolling around in the dirt or mud, then such dogs will require more regular bathing. The use of  a suitable dog shampoo is essential, and human shampoo should never be used as these are too harsh for the dog skin.

There is a variety of suitable dog shampoos, such as DermOpt shampoo, are available on the market from shops and vet surgeries. If your dog doesn't appreciate being bathed, then use DermOpt grooming spray and brush regularly.

If a dog has skin conditions or diseases that require topical treatment, it may be necessary to bath the dog twice or three times a week, which can be reduced as the skin condition improves.