Beautiful, shiny coats: Cathy's tips!

Want to know the secret to beautifully groomed pets? Tired of shedding, knots and tangles? We give you the best home tips for beautiful, shiny, thick coats and healthy skin for your pets!
Easy steps you can do at home, start today and never look back! Our pet health consultant, Cathy, gives us her perfect tips for you below…

5 Quick Tips for shiny coats and healthy skin for your pets!

1. Beauty starts with grooming.
Cathy says: "It's very important to brush your pet regularly (make sure you have a special brush that is suitable and not too hard bristled). Regular brushing promotes blood circulation and actually encourages natural oils to be secreted by the skin to keep your pet's coat glossy and healthy. Cats should be kept free of knots and hairballs, while dogs should also get a regular brushing - the perfect time to check your pet for injuries or parasites too. Gentle brushing should be done regularly and always follow the direction of the hair growth, brushing in the same direction. For sensitive areas like the face, ears, belly or genital areas – use a grooming glove or soft cloth. When you come across a knot or burr, hold tightly between the bur and your pet’s body, to try and ease it out, so as not to cause pain. If it needs to be cut, use curved, blunt-tipped scissors, never pull the skin up and cut as you may inadvertently cut the skin (make sure it is lying flat and that you are clipping small amounts a reasonable distance from the skin). Never use human beauty products on your pet (such as skin lotions or human shampoo!) as these products can harm your pet and even lead to chemical toxicity. Finish off with a simple massage with your hands (no oils) and remember to be firm, but not rough. When it comes to bathing, do not bath your pets too often - as it strips the coat of vital natural oils and may cause itching or dry skin. Once a month is a general guideline, but if your pet lives indoors, like my Holly, you may need to bath them less than that even. As Silky is white and gets dirty very quickly, she gets a bath more often. Never use human shampoo, rather invest in a natural shampoo formulated especially for pets, like Vondi's Khakibos Tick & Flea Pet Shampoo.
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2. How food can make a pet's coat beautiful!
Cathy says: "It makes sense that beauty comes from within - the same is true for beautiful coats, it all starts from the inside out. Your pet should follow a diet with 20% protein (25% for active dogs). An animal’s diet should also contain essential fatty acids or Omega fatty acids (especially Omega-6). Many skin conditions are worsened by poor diet and processed foods or chemicals, so consider switching to a raw food diet, such as Dogg-0-Bone or a special formula like Vondi's sensitive skin pet food (available at 8 Gabriel Road, Plumstead 021 797 0193). I like adding adding a tablespoon or two of olive oil to Silky and Holly's food a few times a week to help improve skin and coat health. If your pet is fond of sardines, tuna and salmon these are also great sources of good, healthy oils (be careful of tinned tuna for high mercury levels). Toxins are routinely eliminated through the skin, and skin and coat problems can often indicate a number of underlying concerns including toxin overload, anxiety, thyroid problems and a compromised immune system. Before any regimen, it's a good idea to help your pet detox with a natural remedy like Vondi's Diatomaceous Earth, to rid him of any build up of toxins and help him start afresh."
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3. The secret to a shiny, glossy coat is… add something extra.
Cathy says: "More and more pet owners are realising the potential of natural ingredients for shiny coats and healthy skin - things like coconut milk on your pets coat for 2min before rinsing can work wonders. If your pet has a very itchy skin, try an oatmeal paste directly onto the skin, like a mud pack. Leave for a few minutes, then rinse off and dry thoroughly, but gently. There is a secret I have known for years, Skin and Coat Tonic. It's a natural remedy filled with natural ingredients known for their amazing ability to help nourish skin from within and lead to hair growth and shiny, thick coats. Many of our customers who show their dogs, swear by Skin and Coat Tonic, which contains a combination of especially selected herbs, nutrients and biochemic tissue salts known for their tonic and healing effect on the skin and fur. You will be amazed at the quality and feel of his coat in just a few weeks on the program."
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4. Be on guard for the main culprit: fleas!
Cathy says: "The number one issue that owners complain about is skin conditions and flare ups due to fleas! Embark on a good flea prevention programme, it's essential. Fleas are an external source of skin irritation and may aggravate an underlying skin problem leading to a vicious cycle of itching, scratching, weeping, hair loss and many many vet bills! Your poor pet needs protection from fleas, so please use a reliable product recommended by your vet. To counter-act any detrimental effects, I put Holly and Silky onto a course of Immunity and Liver Support immediately afterwards - a natural remedy to support the immune system during times of weakness. Remember too that any allergies are going to make the coats dull and lacklustre so try AllergiClear Pets to address any underlying allergies and Allergy-Itch Ease to stop the constant need to scratch! (No use keeping your pet groomed if he just bites out all his hair while itching madly!)."
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5. Watch out for stress, keep your pet loved.
Cathy says: "Stress can wreak havoc on an animals appearance. My Holly gets extremely stressed at times and goes through stages of hairloss and biting at her hair, leaving her full of patches and scruffy. Make sure that you know your pet and watch for inconsistencies in behaviour. Try not to change routine, dogs and cats are creatures of habit and love routine, so if you move house or introduce a new pet or baby, be prepared for stress signals - urinating in odd spots, repetitive licking or chewing, biting and loss of appetite. To keep pets calm, try PetCalm, a natural remedy formulated to gently help pets cope without any sedation. It's wonderfully calming, safe and fast-acting. Remember to love your pets, play with them often and take care of their needs, they love you 24/7 and deserve all your love in return."
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Cathy Samuel was a resident pet health consultant for Feelgood Pets PetAlive and has many years experience lending her advice to pet owners across South Africa , featuring on the local radio from time to time to answer phone-in questions from listeners. She currently lives in Cape Town with her husband and two furry kids - Holly and Silky.  *This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition, nor replace any advice or a consultation with your vet. If you are concerned, please speak with your vet.

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