White-coated dogs always draw attention. Their adorable and irresistible appearance makes you want to reach out and touch them! There’s nothing more stunning than a brilliant, white dog coat. Unfortunately, for owners, maintaining that pristine look can be quite challenging.

If you own a fluffy American Eskimo or a charming Maltese, you know that white dogs aren’t concerned with appearances and won’t hesitate to roll in the dirt, which easily shows on their fur. As a result, they often appear dingy and unkempt, even if you just bathed them that morning.

That said, these dogs require a slightly different maintenance routine to keep their coats fresh. The following care tips will help ensure your pooch remains snowy-white for far longer than usual.

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Pick the Right Pet Shampoo

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If you’re blonde, you know that choosing the right shampoo is essential to maintaining your hair colour. Well, the same goes for dogs with white furs as well. To keep your white dog looking beautiful and bright, use specialist pet shampoo for white fur, just like blonde humans use purple shampoo to fight brassiness and freeze out their tone between colour treatments.

Make sure to choose a formula that does not include any bleaching agents, just an optical brightener to counteract yellowing in your dog’s fur. This pet shampoo will work on all fur colours, however it will intensify the brightness of white fur. According to manufacturers, it gets rid of oxidation brought on by sunlight, other environmental elements, and airborne pollutants.

If a brightening shampoo doesn’t manage to restore your dog’s fresh white colour, it may be safe to use either a bleaching or bluing shampoo once a month. Just make sure to test on a small patch of fur first to ensure your dog is not allergic and avoid using both at once to avoid giving your dog a blue coat. These can be purchased commercially at pet supply stores. An enzymatic or clarifying shampoo is another alternative. Products can interact, so avoid combining them or using them right after one another.

Also, make sure you adhere to the instructions on the packaging when using anything. After lathering up your dog, let shampoos containing optical brighteners linger on their fur for around five minutes. Then, rinse it off and think about using a brightening conditioner.

Carefully Remove Tear Stains

Another common occurrence in white dogs is gummy, weeping tear streaks around the eyes. These discolourations, which are reddish-brown in hue, can cause discomfort for your dog as they accumulate and are kind of gross.

According to vets, these discolourations may be caused by food allergies, a pH imbalance, or minerals in the puppy’s drinking water. Try giving your dog a different diet and see if that makes a difference. Then, switch to filtered water.

Consult a veterinarian as well to ensure your dog is doing well, particularly if sudden tear marks appear. If the dog is in good health, give its face some brushing; this is not the same as giving it a special wash treatment for the body. To prevent gunk from building up, deal with stains on a daily basis with doggie eye wash and an eye wash wipe.

Finally, to avoid irritating the eye and increasing tears, keep the hair around the eyes trimmed. This is the only section you should attempt unless you have complete faith in your scissor skills and your dog’s ability to remain motionless. Visit a groomer; they are trained to properly remove fur around the orbits and can help if you are even the slightest bit apprehensive that neither of you can complete this procedure.

Take Some Preventative Measures

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If you think your dog could get dirty or muddy, you can get them some cute little raincoats or prevent them from going outdoors altogether, but that will not be very fair to the dog, who most likely enjoys (and deserves) a good roll on the filthy ground.

The good news is that there are techniques to avoid significant discolouration and stains while keeping your dog healthy and active. For example, urine stains should always be removed as soon as possible because they can get embedded and become more difficult to remove with time. If you catch the pee early, a damp cloth should work, but if not, you will need to shampoo the area and let the shampoo sit for roughly five minutes.

Don’t forget daily maintenance either. Mix mild dog shampoo and water in an equal amount spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto a warm, damp cloth and use it to wipe down your dog. By doing this each day after your walks you may succeed in keeping your dog clean and fresh between washes.

And, There You Go

Even if it seems impossible, you can keep your dog’s coat white for longer. You just need to be proactive and give your pet some TLC so they can shine again because nobody likes a dingy, soiled dog.

To prevent dirt and body oils from ever causing stains in the first place, regular grooming is essential. Spot clean in between showers to avoid stains, and give your white dog frequent baths and brushing to keep them clean.

Be mindful of overcleaning as it can irritate skin. And remember to keep an eye out for sensitivities to both homemade and store-bought items. Enjoy your tail-wagging, anxiety-free walks!