5. Ensure Your Pet Drinks Adequate Water
Water is an important element of a healthy body and skin, hence it is important for your furry friend to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Healthy and shiny skin reflects a well-hydrated body.
Your dog burns more energy trying to stay active, so chances are high that your furry friend may become dehydrated easily. Water is the best option to keep your pet hydrated.
However, while too little water can result in dehydration, urinary tract issues like kidney stones, and organ failure, drinking too much water can actually be toxic.
For healthy dogs, a general guideline for daily water intake is between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. This means a healthy, 65-pound dog should drink between 33 and 65 ounces of water daily.
6. Regularly Check for Parasites
From time to time, thoroughly look through your dog’s coat for parasites like fleas and ticks. Parasites can affect your dog’s coat and overall health, and can lead to itching, irritation and even hair loss.
Plus, parasites can rob your pet of nutrients, thereby damaging the coat and possibly leading to other problems.
To check for parasites, run your fingers over several parts of your dog’s coat, such as behind the ears, down the back, near the tail and on the belly.
If you notice any small, pinpoint-sized black spots, take your furry friend immediately to the veterinarian to check for fleas, ticks, and other parasites. There are many prescription medications as well as home remedies to treat your dog.
7. Ensure a Comfortable and Clean Environment
There are several environmental allergy-related skin issues that your pet may suffer from. Allergies can be very challenging for pet owners and controlling skin issues should be your priority to ensure your dog’s comfort.
Although you do not have control over the outside environment, you can take steps to create a comfortable indoor environment. Make sure your home is kept at a comfortable temperature and use a humidifier during the winter months to combat dry air. Keep the air conditioner on during the summer months.
The place where your dog sleeps should be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. Also, the bedding and toys should be washed in hot water from time to time.