How to Keep my Chihuahua’s Coat Healthy and Smooth
Let’s be honest, we all want our Chis to look the absolute best! However, a Chi’s coat tells a much bigger story about the pup’s overall health. From exercising and dieting to bathing and even dog wear, so many factors influence your Chihuahua’s coat!
As a result, there are steps you can take to keep your Chi’s coat looking as healthy and shiny as possible!
Bath your Chihuahua properly.
Every Chihuahua needs regular baths, no matter whether its coat is long or smooth. Baths prevent dirt buildup, fur tangling, and keeps their coat clean and smelling nice.
Just like humans, dogs have sebaceous glands. These glands produce oil from the Chi’s skin, which protects the epidermis, keeps the skin looking healthy and the coat shiny. By bathing your Chi, you are stripping these oils from its skin. As a result, it’s crucial to learn how to properly bathe your pup!
The most important item you need to properly bathe your Chi is a premium dog shampoo. A good shampoo should be mild enough to not irritate the pup’s eyes and skin, but strong enough for a deep clean. Never use human shampoo to bathe your dog, as it’s too harsh!
As Chihuahuas are especially tiny, you can bathe them in the sink, but it’s best to do so in a bathtub in lukewarm water. Additionally, if your Chi is anxious about getting a bath, make sure to pet it and reward it with plenty of treats to ease its mind. After a few weeks, it should be less nervous about getting wet – though some Chis never get over their fear.
Finally, keep in mind that you shouldn’t bathe your Chi too often, as you can dry its skin out! A good rule of thumb is to give your dog a bath once a month. However, if you have reasons to believe your Chihuahua is suffering from skin issues, make sure to consult a vet before settling on a bathing schedule.
Groom your Chihuahua Regularly.
Grooming has a bigger role in coat health than you think! By brushing your Chi, not only are you getting rid of tangled hairs and dirt, but you are also distributing the pup’s natural oils all over the body – keeping its skin healthy.
To properly brush a Chi, there are two things you need to be mindful of. First, the pup’s coat shouldn’t be dry, as it can lead to split ends and impact the coat health. Spray a small amount of dog leave-in conditioner to protect the hairs and add a little shine to the coat.
Second, make sure to use the proper technique when brushing your Chi. You need to brush deep enough to remove any dead hairs and debris that may be stuck around the follicle. Don’t rush brushing your Chihuahua and just glaze over the top hairs, as you won’t be reaping any benefits from grooming.
In addition, make sure to use the proper grooming tools when brushing your Chi, as they are very small and have different types of coats. Good grooming tools should be made from durable materials, as well as made specifically for Chihuahuas. There are a variety of brushes and combs available in our Daily Care collection, so you should have no issue finding the perfect one for your pup.
If you’re wondering how often you need to groom your Chi, it depends on the type of coat it has. For long-haired Chis, it’s best to brush out the coat every 2 days, while a short-haired Chi can get away with being brushed once a week.
Be Mindful of How You Dress Your Chihuahua.
You may think that dog wear doesn’t have any effect on your Chi’s coat health. However, that’s not always the case. In fact, Chis tend to get allergic often, and forcing your dog to wear improper clothing may worsen the reaction.
Dogs, unlike humans, don’t sneeze when they are having an allergic reaction. Rather, allergies make a Chihuahua’s skin itchy. If you find your pup scratching itself often while wearing an article of clothing, it may be allergic. As a result, it’s vital to only choose high-quality dog wear made from breathable materials.
On the other hand, good dog wear has multiple benefits for your little pooch! Other than keeping it warm, sweaters and shirts may aid in keeping your pup’s skin and coat healthy, as they protect the Chi from the elements and environmental factors.
While everything we’ve mentioned is important for coat health, the number one aspect that affects a Chi’s skin is nutrition. A good diet should consist of a good balance between macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Additionally, it’s important to provide your Chi with a proper amount of calories on a daily basis.
When it comes to a nice coat, proteins are the most important nutrient, as Chihuahua’s hair is 75% protein. As a result, if your pup has a protein deficiency, its coat will be dry, brittle, and may even have patches of hair loss. Make sure to provide your Chi a nice amount of high-quality protein from a fresh food source to keep its coat looking shiny and healthy!
Other than proteins, healthy fats are also essential in your pup’s quest for a beautiful coat! Make sure your Chi has a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in its diet, both of which are crucial for a strong coat. Look out for quality food with a healthy amount of these acids, otherwise, consider using a supplement.
However, it’s very important to note that a dog’s ideal nutrition depends on many factors, including its age, energy level, potential health issues, etc. For a truly personalized, balanced diet – you may want to consult a vet and rest assured that your pup is eating only the very best.
To sum up, the way your Chi’s coat looks depends on numerous factors, such as age, nutrition, exercise-level, and grooming habits. As long as you groom your Chi properly, as well as ensure a great diet, your pup’s coat will be healthy and beautiful.
Additionally, remember that a Chihuahua’s coat provides a great insight into the Chi’s overall health. If your pup has sudden issues with its fur, take it seriously and talk to a vet immediately. While all of us want our pups to look the very best, your Chihuahuas health is the number one priority.
With that in mind, make sure to be consistent with our advice and your Chi will have the beautiful, shiny coat it deserves!