If you have a pittie, chances are, you might have seen a shiny pit bull coat somewhere on the internet or in real life- unless you’re living under a rock. How can you not dream of a pit bull with a beautiful and shiny coat when it literally looks like it came out of a dream.
Don’t worry, we got your back. We have prepared a short-list of tips you should do if you want your pit bull to have a dreamy coat. But first, let’s have a quick run through of pit bulls.
Quick Pet Profile
Common Name: American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull
Height: 17 – 19 inches
Weight: 30 – 85 pounds
Life Span: 12 – 16 years
Other Name(s): Pit Bull; APBT; Pittie; Pit; Pitbull
Size: Small to Medium
- Sheds a Lot
- Doesn’t drool a lot
- Easy to Groom
Now that we are done with the basic information about Pit Bulls, I think we are now ready for the tips.
Here are 4 Tips to Keep Your Pit Bull’s Coat Shiny
1. Begin With Your Dog’s Diet
It’s crucial that you pay attention to what food your dog is eating, as well as the nutrients that they’re taking. Your dog’s nutrition plays a huge role in your pit bull’s coat. If you give your dog the nutritious and high-quality diet, without a doubt, your dog is going to have a great coat.
What foods does your pit bull need to have a shiny coat?
Essential Fatty Acids such as Vitamin E, Omega 6 and Omega 3
Lots of dogs have dry and dull skin because they weren’t able to take the right amount of nutrition that their skin needs. One of the key ingredients in having an excellent pit bull coat is giving your dogs are fatty acids. This will help them have a shiny coat.
Supplements that contain Coconut Oil
If you don’t have an Omega 6, you can substitute Coconut Oil. Coconut Oils doesn’t only contain Omega 6, but it a;lso contains antioxidants and vitamins that can improve your dog’s coat.
Cooked or Raw Eggs for Proteins
Another thing that can greatly help your dog have a shiny coat is Protein. One of the protein-rich foods that your dog can have is egg. Whether it’s raw or cooked, egg is good for your dog. Just remember, do not overfeed. Only put a reasonable amount of egg.
Always remember that as your dog ages, their metabolism gets slower. This means that your dog will have trouble processing too much fatty foods as they become older. So make sure, you’re giving your dog only the amount they need or else they might gain too much weight.
2. Don’t Forget to Brush Your Pit Bull’s Coat Everyday
This might sound like a lot of work, but trust me, it’s all going to be all worth it. Although Pit bull’s don’t require much grooming, giving your pittie their daily coat brush will help them restore their coat’s luster. You can use rubber curry brushes.
To start, you brush your pit bull in circular motion. This is to stimulate the circulation as well as distribute your dog’s natural oils using the coat. Another great thing about brushing your pit bull’s coat is that it helps them get rid of their flaky skin cells as well as dead hair. Making sure that your dog’s coat is healthy and shiny.
If you don’t have a brush for your dog, you can use any ribbed glove, as long as it fits your hand, and use it to get the loose hair.
3. Find a Good Shampoo and Conditioner For Your Pit Bull’s Coat
Another thing that can help your dog have a shiny pit bull coat is to use a good shampoo and conditioner. Before anything else, you should always remember that you don’t have to give your dog a bath daily. However, when you do, make sure that you’re using an organic shampoo and conditioner. See to it that it’s free from pesticides and chemicals.
You should also take note that your dog shouldn’t be using shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for humans. As the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommended that you should only use products for your dogs that are formulated for dogs.
The reason behind this is that the fragrances and ingredients on human shampoos can irritate the skin and coat of your pit bull. Aside from that, you should also avoid using coal tar, soaps that contain alcohol as well as sulfur-based products. After you shampoo your dog, apply conditioner to make sure their coat will be in the best condition.
4. Check If Your Pit Bull has a Systemic or Dermatologic Issue
Last but not the least, you should check before you get started with your pit bull coat care regime to get your dog checked for any issues. Although Pit Bulls have short hairs, that doesn’t excuse them from getting scabs, sores and hot spots.
Another thing you should look out for is your pittie’s food allergies. Much like humans, dogs also get allergies which includes foods and other environmental irritants. If this happens, your dog’s coat will be dry. Aside from that, they will most likely bite their skin which will not help your dog have a shiny coat.
If your dog has flaky and dry skin, their coat condition might be due to a systemic illness. So, before you start with anything else always ask for your veterinarian’s advice. Especially if they have skin conditions.
Among all the necessary steps you need to make to achieve the beautiful pit bull coat you’ve always wanted for your dog, your pittie must be on a healthy diet. I know spoiling your dog and giving them all the treats and food is very much satisfying. But remember, if you truly love your dog, you’re going to make sure they love comfortably, which means you’re going to give them a healthy and sustainable diet.