How To Grow Coat

Shannon Moore, NCMG  Director of Grooming and Education, Espree Animal Products

I am frequently asked how to grow coat on a dog?  I have an extensive background in coated breeds as I grew up raising Yorkshire Terriers, and now I raise and show Bichon Frise. I hear some pretty interesting concoctions regarding expediting coat growth.  Years ago, many people would joke around saying I could grow coat on an onion if I tried.   I thought I would share a few of my simple, yet effective ways that have worked for me.

Whether you have a show dog, contest dog, or a client dog that you want to grow coat on, keep your expectations realistic.  My goal is always about an inch of coat growth every 4 weeks.  Average coat growth on a heathy coat is an inch every 6 weeks.  But, if you want to expedite coat growth you must be consistent with whatever regiment you choose.

A very simple way to expedite coat growth is keep the coat clean.  Every time I do maintenance baths, I always condition the coat.  This helps lock in moisture and improves the elasticity of the coat making it stronger. Often, I will condition the dog and wrap them in a warm towel for about 10 minutes, then rinse.  Also, never brush the coat when it is dirty as it will break.  I typically bathe and condition a dog I am trying to grow coat on twice weekly. You must be consistent.  Trust me, there are many times I come home after a long day and the last thing I want to do is bathe my show dog.  But, I do it anyway.  Consistency is the key to success!

If I find, I am still struggling for growth, I might add some nutritional supplementation to their diet as well.  A good omega added to the food daily never hurts to keep the skin in coat in great condition.

The Magic of Aloe Vera

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming and Education, Espree Animal Products

All Espree products contain organically grown Aloe Vera from the inner filet of the Aloe plant in place of water.  Aloe Vera provides a wholesome solution to meet the needs of so many pets.  It is chocked full of beneficial nutrients that act as a powerful skin hydrator.  Aloe is absorbed into the skin 4 times faster than water. Aloe Vera has an abundance of healing properties as well.  It exfoliates the skin helping to remove dead and damaged skin cells.  It also helps decrease itching through its anti – pruritic properties.  It also has anti-microbial properties with its ability to kill certain bacteria, yeast, and fungus.  It promotes healing so wounds and skin irritations heal approximately 1/3 quicker than normal.  The healing power of Aloe Vera is like magic.  It brings immediate relief to allergic rashes, sunburn, insect bites, and minor abrasions while simultaneously alleviating swelling and boosting immune response.