So, you want to keep your best friend warm and dry, you might even be considering buying a stylish dog coat, designed to resist whatever the weather throws at them. Before you do, read what we think about your dog’s coat.
Your dog’s coat is their most distinguishing feature and a good indicator of their health; it protects their skin from the sun, keeps them warm or cool and keeps dirt and water away from their skin.
Our Labrador seems to only have skin or coat problems at specific times of the year. He suffers from a range of skin irritations related to dry winter conditions and allergies to grass or the dog shampoo, whilst his friends seem to suffer during pollen season. After a bath or a good groom we have noticed that the coat problem returns quickly. Mostly because he hates to be clean and has to roll around in the grass, which starts the cycle all over again. It is the worst time to take him on walks because he only has one thing on his mind and that is to roll around in fox poo! We have tried a number of different types of shampoos; all recommended by our vet, but unfortunately the end result is always the same.
It is for this reason we created the Dog Coat and Skin Conditioner which you add directly to your dog’s food. Breaking the cycle mentioned above. The general condition of your dog's skin and coat are good indicators of his health and it should be shiny and smooth, not brittle or coarse.
We are not suggesting that you should stop bathing or grooming your dog if you buy this product. The benefit of regular grooming is to remove loose hairs and dead skin cells to keep the coat free of dirt, debris, and external parasites and to distribute natural skin oils along the hair shafts. In addition, a good bath on an occasional basis, usually when they develop a 'doggy odour', will ensure a happy family. Non-shedding breeds that have no health issues usually need to be bathed about every six to eight weeks,
Not all dogs are the same, some breeds hair grows continuously and does not shed whilst other breeds like Huskies and many Retrievers have long, thick hair and often go through two heavy seasonal shedding cycles per year. Many short-haired breeds lack a distinctive undercoat, and these breeds often shed hair all year round.
Just like us the skin is the largest organ of the body and, for most dogs, virtually all of the skin is covered with hair, which is either being shed regularly or growing constantly. In order to maintain the skin and hair in a healthy state, your dog requires a properly balanced diet that contains high quality digestible proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins, as well as provides the appropriate number of calories to meet its energy needs.
Our products are to be used alongside a balanced diet and the ideal diet should be individualised to your dog's specific life stage (i.e., puppy, adult, senior) and health. Health plays an important part in the appearance of your dog’s coat. Stress will affect the appearance of your dog’s coat and many dogs will shed excessively when they are under stress.
The GudFur Dog Coat and Skin Conditioner can help dogs who suffer from dry, itchy skin irritation, excessive moulting and allergies but please remember that it needs to be taken alongside a balanced diet, regular grooming and an occasional bath. This way, your dog’s coat is bound to stay strong and shiny for a long time.