Care for short hair of dogs and cats
It is believed that shorthair dogs and cats are easier to care for. Is it really? What is the difference in the care of short-haired pets?
The length of the coat is one of the main criteria for choosing a pet. Many people purposefully look for a cat or dog with short hair, because it is considered that they are easier to care for. But is it really so?
Indeed, dogs and cats with short hair do not need to be combed often, and this is a huge plus. But they fade in the same way. And though short hair is not so noticeable as long, it is much more difficult to clean it from clothes and furniture. But that is not the point.
It turns out that short hair gets dirty faster and often smells unpleasant (in dogs). Why it happens? To understand, you need to understand the features of short hair.
Short coat: features
In short-haired cats and dogs, the undercoat is poorly developed: up to 6 secondary hairs per 1 primary hair. Such hair cannot protect the skin from the adverse effects of the environment, and the body protects itself in another way – the production of sebum.
Sebum is a mixture of sweat and sebaceous gland extracts secreted into the follicular sac where the hair grows from. It has antibacterial, water-repellent and many other useful properties, which means it protects the skin well from temperature extremes, dryness and injuries. However, due to the increased production of sebum, short-haired pets get dirty faster and dogs smell stronger. This is the main feature of the short type of coat.
The production of sebum in shorthair dogs and cats is 30% higher than in animals with medium and long hair.
The second feature is a small angle of inclination of the hair to the skin (about 30 degrees). This provides a more snug fit and increases its protective properties. The reverse side of the coin: removing dirt from the skin with a dense coat is more difficult. But if you choose the right funds, the problem is quickly resolved.
Short hair care
How and how to wash a short-haired pet?
We already know that shorthair pets produce more sebum than their mates with medium to long hair, and that their hair is denser. To eliminate grease, you need a shampoo with high cleaning properties. But the conditioner, on the contrary, should be softer and more nutritious, because after applying the shampoo he will have to restore the protective layer of the skin.
The correct combination of shampoo and balm in this case is very important. These funds work as a team: shampoo removes sebum, and balm restores protection so that the skin does not irritate and does not dry out. As a result, the skin and coat are clean, and the hydrolipidic layer and the work of the glands are not disturbed. You can not be afraid of an unpleasant odor, rapid skin contamination, irritation and dryness.
Proper care for short hair – this is primarily the right means. Shampoo and conditioner should take into account the characteristics of the coat. So, all the cosmetics of the top brand Iv San Bernard, is divided by the type of coat (short, medium and long), based not on the length of the hair, but on its properties and structure. By the way, ISB is the first company in the world to share its product range in this way. All other manufacturers have already followed suit.
Shampoo and conditioner ISB Traditional Line Lemon are ideally suited for short hair care, and Traditional Line PLUS Lemon sulfate-free products are used for sensitive skin. But no matter what brand you choose, carefully read the instructions for use.
Shampoos and conditioners are concentrated and require dilution. If the funds are applied to the pet in its original form, it will be very difficult to wash off, and the pet may have an allergic reaction.
During bathing, the shampoo is carefully applied in the direction of hair growth. It is better to start from the most contaminated sites, for example, from the feet, and only then move to the back and other areas.
Shampoo is important to rinse well, right to the creak. After that, according to the instructions, the conditioner is applied and also thoroughly washed off. Done!
After washing, do not forget to dry your pet and treat it to a treat, because for many, bathing is a real feat.
Short hair care
Be careful, choose good care products, and let your cats and dogs always be brilliant!