2. Use only top-quality products
. Everything that comes into contact with a Maltese's body will either be detrimental or beneficial. So, take advantage of bath time to pamper your Maltese with moisturizing shampoos and conditioners
(see recommendations below).
3. Use a leave-in conditioning spray, and during the summer consider one with sunscreen. A good spray will offer protection round-the-clock from outdoor elements. It will also help prevent drying, help stop contact friction, and prevent tangles which can cause terrible pinching on a senior.
You'll want to spritz the coat every 3 days. If your Maltese has a short coat, spritz and the crunch the hairs with your hands. If the coat is long, spritz about 1 inch from the roots, and then brush down to the tips to distribute the product. Recommendations are below.
4. Protect the nose with a quality nose balm. Dry noses are particularly common in the winter and in the summer. Apply a good balm every 3 to 4 days, and up to 3 times per day to heal damaged nose skin.
5. Protect the paws.
Maltese of every age can use a good paw protection; but this is even more applicable to seniors. Older dogs need help with traction, as well as having a barrier against tiny pebbles, cold ground, and hot surfaces.
For seniors, dry skin in between the toes or on the pads can quickly spiral into peeling or cracking; and this, as with many issues, is much harder to resolve than it is to prevent.
For protection purposes, apply a good wax (see recommendations below) once per week. If your Maltese had moderate to severe drying or there are cracks in the paws, apply this up to twice per day. If things have progressed to bleeding, open sores, and/or cracks that are emitting pus, this warrants a vet visit as topical antibiotics are often needed.
6. Consider an omega 3 fish oil
for skin that is excessively dry and/or hair that is very brittle. This supplement is very beneficial for a dog's skin and coat, boosting elasticity, moisture, and overall good health.