How to keep your dogs fur coat maintained during lockdown without trimming

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Go on, give your pet some TLC with regular brushing. They’ll love you for it plus it’s good for them!

Keeping your pet’s coat in good condition isn’t just about them looking great, it also has many health benefits. Not only does regular brushing help balance the skin’s ecosystem, it can also help with the pesky problem of shedding – something that’s particularly problematic to those allergic to dog or cat hair. Contrary to popular belief, cats can be brushed, but they don’t need it as much as dogs, who can’t clean themselves and whose hair traps dirt and dust. 

What does brushing do?

Stimulates blood circulation and the secretion of cutaneous sebum (an oily matter), which helps the coat look shiny.

Helps remove various types of dirt (such as oil, dust and grass seeds). 

Helps remove shed hair, especially if the animal is moulting.

Facilitates the growth of new fur. 

Gives the owner a chance to check for parasites such as ticks or fleas.

Gives the owner a chance to check for skin infections or wounds.

Is an enjoyable sensation for the animal and a bonding experience.

What brush to use

For short-haired breeds (such as Dobermans, boxers and terriers) a metal comb with fine, closely set teeth is recommended. A softer brush can then be used to get the coat looking glossy.

For long-haired pooches (such as collies, Yorkshire terriers and golden retrievers), it’s best to first untangle the coat using a metal comb with widely spaced teeth. Hold the hair at the base to avoid causing any pain while you do this. Don’t be scared to cut out any particularly tough knots.

If your pet doesn’t like being brushed or is scared, you can try pet grooming gloves.

How often should I brush?

It depends on the breed and fur type. A long-haired animal or one that’s moulting needs to be brushed once a day whereas a short-haired one once a week.

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