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Know your options when it comes to pet shampoo
Some pet owners might think that all pet shampoo is created equally, but there are actually a variety of options out there, many of which offer relief to specific problems your dog may be facing. Dogs can be plagued with a number of different skin conditions including dry skin, oily skin or even an allergy to mites or fleas. Finding the right pet products to soothe your dog's unique skin can help keep it healthy and happy.
If you notice that your pup is getting flaky skin or seems to be itching a lot, it may benefit from a soothing shampoo such as Epi Soothe Shampoo or Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Shampoo. These options work to remove grease and odors without stripping away vital oils found in the skin. Both products contain emollients which help to increase moisture in the skin, keeping it soft and flexible.
You may find out the hard way that your dog is allergic to fleas, especially if it wasn't on preventative pet drugs like Pet Armor. If your do find out your dog has fleas and is allergic to their bites, the vet may recommend using a shampoo like Be Flea Free Shampoo which contains natural ingredients known to kill and repel fleas on contact. Wait between 24 and 48 hours after bathing the dog in the shampoo and then start it on a monthly oral or topical flea medication to avoid an unpleasant infestation in the future.
Dogs can also suffer from issues like yeast infections, greasy coats and skin or odor, and in many cases the best solutions to these problems is using medicated pet shampoos. A medicated shampoo like Etiderm Shampoo works to enhance a dog's coat and give it a healthy shine, while a brand like Keto Chlor Shampoo can be used to treat fungal or bacterial diseases, but requires a prescription from the vet. You can also provide your pup with a healthier coat and skin by giving it a daily supplement rich in omega 3. Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet is a healthy dose of the nutrient which also works to keep a dog's eyes, heart, joints and cells in tip-top shape. Hide the capsule inside Greenies Pill Pockets to make the dog think it's simply getting a snack for being good. You
can also take care of your dog's coat and skin by brushing it at least once a week using a brush like the Furminator deShedding Tool for Dogs which works to remove loose hair from a pup's undercoat as well as from its top coat.