Taking Care of Your Dog’s Coat

When you welcome a dog into your family, you take on a whole lot of responsibility. There are so many different aspects of their health, well being, and comfort that you need to prioritize in order to provide them with a good quality of life. One factor of their care that you need to focus on throughout the entire course of their life is their coat. Different breeds require different amounts of care and attention when it comes to grooming, but falling behind on grooming can prove detrimental to any dog. Not only could they begin to smell or look scruffy, but they could develop skin conditions or experience mattes too. Here are just a few steps that you can take to keep your canine companion’s fur in top condition at all times!

Identifying Your Dog’s Coat Type

First things first, you need to know what type of coat you’re dealing with. Dogs’ fur isn’t all the same, but there are six widely acknowledged categories of coat types out there and your dog is bound to fall into one of them. They include:

  • Smooth
  • Double
  • Silky
  • Wool
  • Wire
  • Combination.

If you are unsure what type of coat your dog has, you should conduct research into their breed. If you are unsure of your dog’s breed, or if your dog is of a mixed breed, you can always check in with your vet or a professional groomer to ask for further information.


The best way to keep on top of your dog’s coat is to carry out regular grooming. You have two options on your hands here. You can either groom your dog yourself, or you can book them in for regular appointments with professional Grooming Services for Dogs. If you go for the first option, fill your bathtub up with warm water (check the temperature with your elbow as you would for a baby) to a level that allows your dog to stand comfortably with their head and face out of the water. Lather up their fur with specialist dog shampoo. Human shampoo isn’t always appropriate, as it may be too harsh for sensitive skin. Make sure all shampoo is rinsed out before removing your pup from the bathtub to be dried off with a soft towel. If you opt for the second idea, professional groomers will be able to take care of all of the messy work on your behalf. If your dog has hair that grows long rather than molting, they may need to be brushed regularly and you should consider booking them in for a trim every so often to prevent locking and matting.


If you identify fleas in your dog’s coat, you need to take them to the vets where a professional will be able to recommend the right flea treatment for their size and weight.

There is a lot to bear in mind when it comes to maintaining your dog’s coat. But it’s your responsibility to ensure that all of their needs are met!


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    My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time.

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