Proper Care for Each Coat Length

Proper Care of Each Coat Length
Earlier this year I had the opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside Michelle Knowles, Certified Skin Aesthetician, in the grooming department at Animal Health Services in Cave Creek, Arizona. While working with Michelle, I learned so much from her Iv San Bernard Skin Aesthetician program ( – and benefited so much from the wealth of knowledge and experience she possesses. One of the most important things I learned was to always use conditioner when bathing dogs no matter what type of coat the dog has. I asked Michelle the other day if I could share some of the valuable information that I learned from her and, of course, she said she would love for me to. She’s one of the kindest people in the industry, and one of my favorite mentors.

“Do you ever wonder why your pet starts to smell bad 1 or 2 days after a bath? This usually means that the natural oils that were shampooed away were not replaced by a conditioner and the sebaceous glans are overproducing to try to protect the delicate skin. This is the reason it is always best to use a conditioner after shampooing. This will keep the glands in the skin from overreacting and the dog will smell nice for an extended period of time.”

Another thing that is very interesting is the shedding periods that dogs go through each year. It is not the change in temperature, but rather the change in the photoperiods (length and intensity of sunlight) that triggers shedding. This is why I recommend brushing more regularly during the Fall and Spring.

“June 21 and December 21 are the peak shedding days of the year. Shedding starts at the back of the animal and continues to the front until the coat is ready for a new season.”

The Short Coat
The Short Coat
“The short coated pet needs regular grooming just like the other two types and has specific needs for skin care… Short coats need 30% more oil than the other breeds so the skin can do it’s job of protecting the inner body from damage…
The best brushes for your short coated pet are rubber curries and natural bristle brushes.” Click Here To Learn More
The Medium Coat
The Medium Coat
“Most pets fall into the medium or natural coated category. These types of animals have one primary hair and up to 12 secondary hairs in each follicle… These types of coats should never be shaved as shaving will disrupt the pet’s ability to regulate body temperature, leave the skin unprotected against UVA/B rays, remove the hairs essential to the maintenance of natural oils and leave the skin without a barrier against pollution, toxins, and allergens.” Click Here to Learn More
The Long Coat
The Long Coat
“The long coated pet has a coat that will grow indefinitely and needs hydration and moisture all the way to the tips of the hairs… When the hair is too dry, the scales that form the hairs open like a pinecone causing them to catch on each other and form a tangle or a mat. The key is to keep the coat hydrated and comb the coat weekly to keep the pet looking and feeling their best.” Click Here to Learn More

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