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Healthy Oils for Your Dog’s Skin and Coat

Male Tibetan Terrier DogYour pet’s skin and coat are a reflection of his overall health. A soft, shiny coat indicates that your dog is healthy, but dry skin and a lusterless coat is often a sign of an underlying medical condition.

One easy way to improve your dog’s skin and coat is to boost the level of healthy oils in their diet. This can simply be achieved by adding a healthy serving of unrefined coconut oil or olive oil to your pup’s food. A serving size of about 1 teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight is a good starting point. Coconut oil can also be applied topically to dry skin areas but adding it to your dog’s food will help their skin from the inside out.

In addition to supplementing the food, you can choose treats that are rich in coconut or coconut oil such as Max & Ruffy’s treats. Five-Star Blueberry, 24 Carob Gold: Strawberry & Carob, 327 BC: Banana & Coconut and Tree of Life: Molasses & Coconut are made with coconut oil. Tree of Life also contains flax seed to boost your pet’s intake of healthy oils. All Max & Ruffy’s treats come in two sizes, so you can choose the option that best meets your dog’s size and needs.

How to Control Your Dog’s Shedding

How to Control Your Dog's SheddingUnfortunately, a totally shed-free dog is impossible to find. All dogs shed to some extent, but following a few simple tips will help your home stay neater and make it easier to control mild to moderate pet allergies.

The most important thing you can do to control pet hair is to brush your dog each day. Brushing makes your pooch’s coat cleaner, softer, and less likely to shed. Choose a brush designed for your dog’s specific coat type, such as a pin brush for dogs with silky, woolly, or curly fur.

It’s true that some breeds shed more than others, but your pet’s diet also makes a difference in the amount of shedding you’ll notice. Dogs that eat a high quality food with easily digested protein sources and supplemental fatty acids will shed less than those who are fed poor quality pet food.

If someone in your home suffers from allergies, do not allow your pet to enter his or her bedroom. Allergy sufferers should also get in the habit of washing their hands after touching the family dog to avoid transferring allergens to their eyes and face.

HEPA filters can be also very helpful for those with allergies to dog hair. Invest in an air purifier that uses a HEPA filter and run it at least four hours per day to help remove pet dander and other allergens. If it’s time to buy a new vacuum, pick one with a HEPA filter as well.

Treat Your Dog to Max & Ruffy’s

Regardless of the breed you choose, you’ll want to pamper your pooch with a high quality diet. Max & Ruffy’s premium dog treats are made with 100% percent organic, human-grade ingredients and come in tasty flavors like 327 B.C. (Banana & Coconut), Tree of Life (Coconut, Molasses, & Flax), and 24 Carob Gold (Strawberry & Carob). They come in two sizes for your convenience: mini-bites training treats and original snacking treats.