Hot oil treatments are an excellent way to give not only the skin, but the coat an extra boost.
Dogs with dry coats benefit the most. The hot oil gives the coat an extra boost and rejuvenates the skin and pores. When the skin is rejuvenated, dandruff is greatly reduced which results in less matting and less shedding.
Dry coats can be caused by a variety of things.
1. Seasons: The changing of the seasons can cause the fur to dry out. Living in a country with a snowy winter causes dry skin both on humans and dogs, presenting itself as dandruff and a dull, dry coat.
2. Desert liked climates play havoc with a dogs skin and can cause flaky dandruff and itchy skin.
3. Allergies can cause constant scratching, which results dead skin being scratched off and can damage done to new skin. Some dogs may even develop a mottled, callus looking skin.
4. Skin parasites such as mites, lice or parasites that cause mange, also cause loss of hair and if left untreated, permanent damage to the skin and hair follicles. Fleas, ants and mosquitoes are just plain irritating.
Canines with allergies feel relived as the warm oil is absorbed through the skin, alleviating the dry skin that only worsens the itchiness.
Seasonal dryness is aided by replenishing the moisture of the coat, preventing breakage and offering better protection from the elements.
Specific mixtures, will give relief from pesky parasites.
The warm water used to wash the pups, causes the pores of the skin to open up. Applying warm oil directly to the skin and coat, massaging it in and keeping Fido warm for 10-15 minutes keeps the pores open, soaking up the much needed oil treatment.
The end result is rejuvenated skin and a glossy, soft coat of fur.
Taking the furry friends needs into consideration, I researched different herbs, plants and essences to create a variety of recipes. A main consideration to these combinations was allergies. It is important to know what allergies your canine suffers from before the recipe is chosen.
Allergies play havoc with skin and fur. Many allergens cause mild to severe itching, producing dry, flaky skin that the dog constantly scratches, which worsens the problem. An oil treatment won’t solve the itching, but it will give some relief to the pooch by minimizing the dry flaky skin and reducing the itching.
We find that dogs tend to need a treatment every second or third groom during a maintenance program. Many pups have been subjected to harsh shampoos to make their white coats whiter. Unfortunately, when used too often, these shampoos are very hard on the fur and can dry it out.
A Bichon came to me with a coat so dry that it was breaking if I pulled a brush through it. We first tried a mild, natural shampoo and it moistened the coat, but only to a certain point. With regular hot oil treatments, every 20 weeks, her coat is luxurious, her skin is a normal light pink rather than an angry red color and she is a happy beautiful fluff ball.
A Sheltie that has been plagued with a dull dry coat for most of his life also enjoys the treatments every second groom. The owners have him on a high quality food as well as an additive to the food for his dry coat. His coat was better, but the owners knew they had reached a peak and the coat was still a bit dull and dry. We tried a hot oil treatment. His coat shone with a luster and silkiness that surprised not only me, but also his owners. Did he ever strut that day, his fur shimmering with every movement.
For groomers and owners wanting to learn the ins and outs of hot oil treatments for dogs, Hot Oil Treatments for Dogs is now available.
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