Pets with white fur are popular among show animals. Dog lovers who plan to own beautiful pets prefer furry friends with snow-white fur. However, it becomes difficult to maintain the milky white coat as several factors spoil the pure white appearance.
A speck of dirt or stain will obviously show up and ruin your pup’s pristine white fur coat. There is no magic formula to get white fur. But here is the secret of a whiter coat you need to know. It requires gradual and regular maintenance.
What are the most common stains to watch out for? Summary of the internal and external reasons:
Dogs get tear stains. These spots appear near the eyes. It’s obvious in lighter-coated pets and not much in darker-coated puppies. The dog breeds that have the tear problem tend to have rust-colored or brownish spots near the eyes that look like yeast residue.
Sometimes these are tear stains, but sometimes they are the real cause of a yeast infection in dogs. Consult your vet before cleaning the area to get the snow-white look. Some pets also suffer from tear duct problems or bad eyelashes that cause the dog to tear more than considered normal, leaving extra reddish marks.
Poor hygiene is a major cause of white coats spoilers. The dyes and dyes from the candies and chew toys can leave several stains on the fur. Your dog may enjoy purple or brown treats (dyes or mineral stains) and roam around with a ring around their mouths that eventually spreads all over their fur.
Your fur friend may also develop dark red spots from the mineral-rich tap water. Look for the food bowls, the comforter they sleep in, and the carpets for receding or fading paint stains.
Sometimes the cracks in the food bowls harbor bacterial growth that leads to nasty spots on your dog’s coat. Microscopic growths can lead to discoloration of the hair and pimples that continue to grow.
Some dog breeds are obsessed with self-cleaning. It results in multiple licking of body parts. You can arrange regular grooming for your pet. If your dog licks itself at the fur and paws, it will eventually cause bacterial stains and even food dye stains on a lighter coat.
The saliva increases bacterial growth. The problem can further increase when spread on the hair and it leaves unsightly marks that darken over time. Check the areas near the pet’s paws, hind legs, and back. These are areas that get maximum staining from obsessive licking.
Surprisingly, some cleaning products like shampoo, conditioner to soften the coat and wipes can stain the coat. Bath time is the ideal time to get rid of all the dirty stains. However, sometimes the wrong product or strong dye-based formula can cause temporary discoloration of your pet’s white coat.
Read the instructions carefully before trying a new product that tempts you into commercials. Several products are exclusive to lighter hair breeds and help remove the pesky stains from the watery eyes and brownish paws.
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Steps To Maintain A Shiny White Coat Like Snow – Do’s And Don’ts
- Gently brushing the dogs’ fur is an important activity. You can get rubber combs that help to gently stroke the fur to remove dry dirt from the body. Avoid brushing several times a day if your pet is shedding hair. Use the correct brush for your pet’s hair type.
- Use some cornstarch to dry wash your pet’s coat. Sprinkle some starch powder over the coat and rub your fingers in a circular motion. You can see two things happening: firstly, it massages your dog gently and secondly, the cornstarch removes excess oil from the scalp. Sometimes oily skin in dogs results in discoloration of the white coat. Cornstarch will help remove the funky dog smell and fluff up the coat.
- Take a serving of baking soda with a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Now apply this paste to the visible spots with a spoon or toothbrush and let it dry. Once it has completely dried, remove the soda residue with wet wipes or a wet toothbrush. Baking soda is a safe and effective natural bleach that can remove dark spots without shedding the dog’s coat.
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- Use whitening shampoo and products on your pet at least once a month. You can find the right cleaning products at your vet or pet grooming store. Most bleaching products have a blue or purplish tint. It helps bring back the shine to the white coat. Wet your pet’s hair with warm water. You can use small shampoo to start the cleaning process. Let the product sit on your dog for a few minutes and then rinse it off. After thoroughly rinsing the coat, use a white towel to dry the coat.
- Be sure to use wipes when bathing the dog to clean his eyes and mouth. The cleaning products can sometimes have a strong odor and cause discomfort to your pup. Take special care when removing shampoo or conditioner from the eyes, ears, nostrils and mouth.
- Provide food-safe containers that won’t fade when your pet takes out their meals or water.
You can maintain a snow-white coat for your dog, especially if you take all precautions and care. However, it is better not to obsess over the white look and leave some marks here and there.