No matter what species you are – a lovely thick and glossy mane is a must! However, due to poor nutrition, the environment or too much washing or brushing, your dog or cat’s coat will likely go dull and dry. Here are our top tips to get your furry friend’s locks looking luscious:
TOP PRODUCT PICKS
Invest in some luxurious natural grooming products that are not only beautifully gentle on you’re dog or cat’s skin, but have also been formulated to really bring out a gloriously glossy shine:
- Aesop Animal – A gentle fur cleanser for pampered pets – with a fresh mint and citrus scent this extra gentle cleanser can be used on all pets. Available at Aesop £25.00
- Glossy Coat Shampoo by Ivory Coat – made with a gentle blend of Australia Macadamia oil, nettle and papaya, this gorgeous shampoo replenishes dry and dull coats, without stripping or irritating. Available at Ivory Coat £16.50
- Kiehl’s Cuddly Coat Grooming Conditioner – these pet specific products from Kiehl’s are great at detangling and soothing the skin. Available at Kiehl’s £9.19
- Organic Revitalising Pet Shampoo by Pure Light Botanics – formulated with pure argan oil and organic oat to give strength and shine to hair follicles. Available at StyleTails £16.00
- Wildwash Natural Dog Shampoo for Beauty & Shine – with grapefruit, bergamot and ginger this is sure to add extra shine to your pets locks. Available at StyleTails £14.95
TOP DIET TIPS
Oily fish are known for their high content of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. As well as serving fish to your pets (tuna, sardines and salmon are great choices) you can also treat your pets to specific supplements. Salmon Oil by Salmopet is 100% pure oil from the fjords of Nowray. Available at medicanimal.com £9.9
As well as other oils (sunflower, flaxseed, olive) coconut oil is another key source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Just as it adds shine to our hair, it also helps with our fury friends coats too. Just add 1 tablespoon to your pet’s supper. Try Lucy Bee’s Organic Coconut Oil. £9.95
High in protein and rich in essential vitamins and minerals to keep coats soft and shiny, an occasional raw egg is great to add to your pet’s diet. For cats it’s recommended to stick to yolks only. Pooches are well equipped to handle the bacteria in raw food, so salmonella shouldn’t be an issue – however if you are worried you can cook them.
TOP MAINTENANCE TIPS
Brushing is key to ensure any dirt and knots are removed. Try to pamper your pooch with a good brush every other day. Also be sure you get the correct brush for your pet’s breed.
Too many baths aren’t great for our pets coats, so stick to the guidelines and bathe your pet once a month. For pets that have sore or irritated skin opt for an Oatmeal bath. Simply blitz your oatmeal in a blender (Miranda Kerr Vitamix style) to reduce the oats to a fine powder as this will allow them to dissolve more easily in water, then add to your bath – around 2 parts oatmeal to 3 parts water.