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Last Updated on March 21, 2017 by Diane Hoffmaster
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nature’s Recipe®. The opinions and text are all my own.
For the last 20 years, my husband and I have owned a breed of dog called the Dutch shepherd. Similar to a German shepherd, Dutchies are hyper, high drive, protective and incredibly smart. They are also very hairy! With a double coat to protect them from cold, winter weather, shepherds tend to shed quite a bit. While they shed year round, spring is the absolute worst when it comes to finding dog hair all over my house. I have tufts of dog fur the size of small animals hiding in corners right about now.
I have found a few healthy dog coat tips that help me stay on top of some of the dog shedding and thought I would share them with you. These tips, along with feeding a high quality dog food like Nature's Recipe, will help keep your dog's coat in tip top shape. Since Nature's Recipe is new at Walmart, you can pick it up the next time you go, without having to make a special trip to the pet store!
Healthy Dog Coat Tips to reduce Dog Shedding
Brush your dog regularly
Regular brushing stimulates your dog's skin and hair follicles. This, in turn, increases the natural production of skin oils that make your dog's coat shiny. Try to brush your dog at least once every other day. The type of brush you use depends on your dog's skin and fur types.
Keep bathing to a minimum
Dogs really don't need baths that often, unless they get into something messy and smelly. Limit your dog's baths to once a month or less and use a conditioning pet shampoo rather than a product designed for human use.
Use a conditioning pet spray
You can easily make a leave in conditioning spray for your dog. Here is a simple recipe:
- 2 cups water
- 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary (or 2 to 3 TBSP dried rosemary)
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 6 drops glycerin
Bring the water to a boil in a small pan. Turn off the heat. Add the rosemary and let sit several hours or overnight. Strain out the rosemary and reserve the water. Combine the water, aloe, and glycerin in a spray bottle and shake well.
Spray this conditioning coat mixture on your dog every few days. Make up a new batch every couple of weeks to prevent bacterial growth.
Talk to your vet
Sometimes, a dull coat can be a sign of illness or allergies (if they are scratching a lot). Talk to your vet about possible health problems if these healthy dog coat tips aren't helping.
Feed a high-quality food
Most vets will tell you that the number one cause of poor skin and coat health in your dog is from poor nutrition. We have been feeding our dog grain free dog food for years now and it definitely improved her coat health. We also choose a fish based food so that it is high in natural fatty acids.
Nature’s Recipe Launch at Walmart
Nature's Recipe dog food has been around for over 30 years but they are just now launching at Walmart, which makes it easier to pick up and bring home. We chose the Nature's Recipe Grain Free Easy to Digest Salmon, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe dry dog food because of the high-quality natural ingredients with added vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. It contains salmon, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin, plus added vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help your dog. It also contains none of the questionable ingredients you sometimes find in other dog foods. You will find NO corn, wheat, artificial flavors or preservatives in this food.
Now that Nature's Recipe is carried at Walmart, you have no more excuses! Start feeding your dog a high-quality dog food. Follow a few of these other healthy dog coat tips and you will see significantly reduced dog shedding around your home!
Have any other tips to reduce dog shedding?
Check out Nature's Recipe New at Walmart!
Have any other tips to reduce dog shedding?
Check out Nature's Recipe at Walmart for improved coat health!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.