In a matter of months I’ve watched my doodle puppy go from super soft fuzz-ball, to wild frizz-ball as her adult hair sets in and as baths, blow-drying quickly take their toll on her sweet puppy fur and skin. In this awkward teenage stage the best I can do is stick a bow in her hair and hope that her winning smile detracts from this perpetual bad hair day, as we wait for the moment to pass.
But the good news is frizzy and dry don’t have to be a part of your dogs hair day. With the right essential oils and a little time, your dog’s skin and coat will be garnering compliments at your next visit to the dog park.
An increasingly popular ingredient in dog food, treats and grooming products, coconut oil offers a variety of great benefits to your dog inside and out. When applied topically, coconut oil can help with your dog’s skin, improving itching, dryness, yeast, redness and even hot spot. Coconut oil can help with cracked noses and dry paws and is also great for coat moisturizing and conditioning. You can also use Isle of Dogs new CocoClean line of shampoos and conditioners, all of which are infused with coconut oil!
Fish oil has so many amazing benefits and is available in many forms. It is a key ingredient to a beautiful, shiny and healthy coat thanks to the hefty dose of healthy fat in the form of DHA, EPA and Omega-3s. It can help dogs with skin allergies as well as dry skin and has even been known to help reduce shedding.
Rich in essential fatty acids, primrose oil has anti-inflammatory qualities; making it great for dogs with allergies, dry skin, dry hair or hair loss. Known for restoring hormone imbalances, it can boost overall coat quality. It can be given orally, but can also be found in our shampoos and conditioners to moisturize your dog’s skin and coat during bath time.
Like fish oil, flaxseed oils filled with essential fatty acids, specifically omega-3, which can help with skin and coat dryness. It is most effective when fed in oil form as dogs will likely not digest the actual seeds.
If you are adding oils that are taken orally to your dog’s life for the first time, make sure to check with your vet for the appropriate quantities and products and like with any new food, introduce it to your dog slowly.
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