How to Prevent an Oily Coat in a Yorkshire Terrier

by Tom Ryan, Demand Media
    Proper grooming and diet can prevent an oily coat.

    Proper grooming and diet can prevent an oily coat.

    Not all Yorkshire terriers sport the same coat, so there's no one-size-fits-all way to groom them. Some have silky, oily-looking coats, while others have soft, feathery fur. If you want to cut down on your Yorkie's greasiness, diet and grooming are the first things to adjust.

    Items you will need

    • Dog shampoo (regular or degreasing)

    Step 1

    Bathe your Yorkie at least once every one or two weeks. If her coat develops an oily sheen quickly, she may need more frequent baths.

    Step 2

    Wash her only with dog shampoos. Human shampoos or other soaps and detergents may strip her skin's natural oils a little too well—in fact, they can remove oils that keep her healthy.

    Step 3

    Apply a special degreasing shampoo if regular dog shampoos aren't doing the trick. These thicker, creamier shampoos are specially formulated to combat greasiness, so follow the instructions on the package to cut back on her oily sheen.

    Step 4

    Consult your veterinarian if your grooming regimen doesn't appear to help. An oily coat could be the result of a dietary issue or deficiency, which your vet can diagnose and treat by changing her food or administering supplements.

    About the Author

    Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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