Brushing your dog's coat, how imprtant is it?

@Mike4me (567)
Philippines
March 6, 2010 4:41am CST
Hello everyone! Recently I just got a puppy, a miniature pincher puppy, I named him Phoenix and during the first week that he was with me, everything went great. the second week wasn't as good as the first given that he started getting allergies and figuring out which food or shampoo he's allergic at was really hard. I took him to the vet when I first noticed that he was shedding. the vet wasn't sure what it was because there could be a lot of reasons, so we needed to observe him first and feed him with food without any chicken ingredient in it. And gave him some vitamins for his coat. I put him into a strict diet and gave him his vitamins, he still kept on shedding and now he got thinner coat but not bald. He is still itching and stuff so I made some research online as well, and I found out that there are some breeds of dogs that naturally sheds its coat and I thought he could be one of those dogs, BUT he's a min pin! I brush his coat everyday since he started his allergies and it seemed to be working, how important is brushing?
2 responses
@picjim (3003)
• India
6 Mar 10
I have A German shepherd dog which has a double coat.So i experience shedding.Brushing the coat is essential for dogs with good amount of hair.I was advised bu a friend who runs a kennel that its best to give the dog dog food and not home cooked food as such food contains all the essential vitamins and minerals needed by the dog.I find that when you give them dog food you need not spend on supplements like vitamins.Their coat is good and they are healthy.
@Mike4me (567)
• Philippines
6 Mar 10
I know, the vet was also thinking that maybe he is allergic to his dog food so she recommended me to use the kind of dog food that doesn't contain any chicken in them and was made for those sensitive-coated dogs. Hopefully it will work for him.
@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
6 Mar 10
well I am sorry about your puppy. Its hard to see them suffer. I know. I think its okay to brush them often to help their coat stay un tangled and help them with their changing coat, but be careful to be gentle