Do you have recommendations for Nutrition for shiny coat?


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Dr. Debra – do you have any suggestions for Nutrition for shiny coat? I have a dog with a dull coat – he sheds a lot and didn't know if there was a good diet that he could go on that would help.

Michael H. - Buffalo, NY


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking for recommendations for Nutrition for shiny coat. You mentioned that you have a dog with a dull coat. The best thing you can nutritionally is ensuring that your dog has a good quality diet – that you are feeding a balanced premium dog food for his life stage.

Also, good bathing, brushing, combing are essentials. Comb and brushing can help remove dead hair and stimulate circulation to the skin helping to create a healthier coat. An article that might be helpful to you is Essentials for a Shiny Coat in Dogs.

Another thing some people do is add some essential fatty acids to the food – and the easiest way to do that is to add about 1 tbsp of olive oil to the food pet 50 pounds of body weight once a day.

There are also medical problems that can cause a dull coat. It would be worth a visit to your veterinarian to determine any underlying illness such as thyroid problems or other underlying diseases.

Some veterinarians recommend omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that may improve the condition of the haircoat. One product called Dermcaps® is very popular.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.