You know how they say that the eyes are the window to the soul? We are feeling very wise and learned (say "learn-ed" and you'll sound even smarter), so we're gonna start an age-old saying that goes, "A dog's fur is a window to his health." Start using that in conversation, nod sagely, and maybe it'll catch on.
ANYWAY, it's true: your dog's coat can tell you a lot about her physical and emotional health!
1. Her fur should be strong and shiny. This means she's eating a balanced diet and getting the nutrients she needs (just like human hair, a diet rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals means shinier, healthier hair). For dogs, protein and amino acids are the key, so make sure your pup's getting the best food she can. Your vet may have some recommendations that align with your pet's age, breed, and health history.
2. Fur can conceal fleas and ticks, so it's also important to check for those regularly and keep your pet on flea and tick preventives. Ask us for our recommendations -- we can even do it for you!
3. To maintain your wise sage status, you better make sure you know what kind of coat your dog has (yep, there's more than one kind) and what sort of maintenance it requires. (Also something we can help you with.)
4. Too much shedding or losing hair in big patches = see your vet. A patchy, balding coat or even excessive fur loss all over can mean a host of mental and physical issues.
5. Dog smell -- it ain't normal. A dog who stinks even when his fur is dry or after a bath may have an underlying condition, from periodontal disease to skin infection or yeast to impacted anal glands. Bring your pup in and we'll help you make sure you're on top of it.
Say it again: "A dog's fur is a window to his health." Very good, young grasshopper, very good.