A big part of owning a dog is making sure that you are giving them the right care and attention that they need in order to live a long, healthy and happy life. One of these ways is brushing your dog’s hair and it is something that every breed of dog will benefit from, even if they have a short coat.
Spending time brushing your dog’s hair is a fantastic way to bond with your pet, and gives you a great opportunity to carry out a quick health check too. You should be looking out for any changes in their coat or skin including irritation, lumps or sores. If you notice any changes, it is important to seek your vet’s advice as soon as possible. In addition to this, you will give your dog the following benefits when you spend time brushing them.
Prevent their fur from becoming matted
If you are a dog owner, you will most likely be aware that dogs moult their coat in order to regulate their body temperature throughout the change in weather. When dogs live indoors, this process can happen a lot quicker due to things like central heating regulating temperature.
If you do not brush your dog regularly, the loose hair on their bodies can become matted. This is especially more prominent in medium to long-haired dog breeds. Matted hair can become tight and begin to pull, leading to pain, discomfort and skin conditions for your dog.
Promotes blood circulation
Removing loose hair allows your dog’s skin to breathe and stimulates the natural oils in their skin and coat. Regular brushing also promotes blood circulation to the skin, leading to a much healthier, glossier coat. Just like us humans, it is important to have good blood circulation at all times to keep healthy.
Reduces grease and dandruff
If dogs are not groomed regularly, grease and dry skin can build-up in their fur which in turn can block their pores and cause painful health conditions like sebaceous cysts. This is one of the reasons why a regular grooming routine is so important to maintaining their overall health and wellbeing.