How to Give Your Dog a Shiny Coat With 4 Healthy Foods
"How do I give my dog a shiny coat?"
Almost everyone that has a dog is concerned about the quality of his coat. A shiny coat just looks good, and dogs with a good coat look healthy.
Shiny coats are a sign of good nutrition, proper maintenance, and even tell us that the dog is healthy inside.
But is a dog with a good coat really healthy? Definitely. I have never seen a dog with a chronic disease walk into the clinic with a shiny coat. They may have a genetic disease or an injury and still have a good coat—their internal organs, however, will be healthy. Dogs can get sick in a lot of different ways, but if you can work on this one area, your dog will thank you for it.
So how do you go about making sure that your dog has the healthiest coat?
Four Foods That Will Give Your Dog a Shiny Coat
- Raw foods
- Fish or fish oil
- Coconut oil
1. Feed Your Dog Raw Food
The best way to make sure that your dog has a great coat is by making sure your dog has everything he needs in his diet. No, I am not talking about junk food that has been labeled “complete” by some company (or even worse, by some government agency that is concerned about the best interests of the dog food makers.)
“Guaranteed” means that the food was evaluated for the nutrients at some time. It does not mean that the nutrients are in the food after it has been on the shelf, and it does not mean that the nutrients are always biologically available.
All dry foods have cereals to help the kibble hold its form. Cheap kibbles have even higher levels of fillers like corn, soy, and wheat.
Raw food, being fresh, also does not have rancid fats. The only way fats can be kept from becoming rancid in those dog foods on the shelf is by adding preservatives. If you do not want to subject your dog to these types of chemicals, you should be feeding raw food.
If you want to make sure that your dog has what he needs, feed him the way nature intended. Give your dog a fresh, raw diet that contains adequate protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals.
Your dog will have an excellent, shiny coat because he will be in excellent health.
2. Feed Fresh Fish or Supplements With Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
If there are certain foods that you are not able to get for your dog´s raw diet, or you choose to feed him junk food that is not good for him, your dog will need additional omega fatty acids.
Do not count on processed foods to provide what you need. Dog food companies are in the business to make a profit, and if they can substitute a cheap source of fatty acids in their food (like sunflower oil) they can stick a label on their food that says “fatty acids added”.
If you want to give your dogs the healthiest coat give him fresh fish in his diet? No one is really sure how much fish to add at this point. A fresh sardine, a piece of your salmon, or maybe even a can of tuna once a week is probably enough.
It will take six weeks to two months before your dog´s coat improves.
If you have no access to fresh fish, or feel that it is too much trouble, add fish oil. Companies like “Grizzly” sell salmon oil that is high in omega 3 fish oils. Follow the dosage recommendations on the Grizzly bottle. It may be a little high, but it is not so high that it will cause negative side effects like vomiting. The only side effect may be “fish breath”.
3. Feed Coconuts or Supplement With Coconut Oil
Most foods are balanced and have enough vegetable oils and Omega-6 fatty acids. There is no reason to waste money buying omega-6 fatty acid supplements.
It may be a good idea to give your dog coconut oil, however. Coconut oil will provide any omega-6 fatty acids that your dog is deficient in, and will also provide extra vitamins and antioxidants that will improve his coat.
I split one fresh coconut each day for my dogs. If you do not have fresh coconut available and are giving this as a liquid, add about a teaspoon on the food.
4. Feed Eggs
This dietary supplement has been recommended by dog breeders for a long time.
If your dogs food is deficient in protein, adding eggs will help correct that balance and give your dog a healthy coat. If your dog is eating raw food or a high-quality dry diet, this should not be necessary.
I only use eggs as a supplement when my hens are producing so much that I have nothing to do with the eggs. My dog´s coat would probably be fine without this food, but in reasonable amounts it does not hurt.
Other Things to Do
You can also bathe your pet about once a month and use a vitamin E moisturizing solution on the skin after the bath, use coconut oil to moisturize your dog´s skin prior to his bath, and of course you should brush him every day. Besides causing the old hair to fall out, brushing also allows the oils in the skin to be passed over the dog´s coat.
If your dog is already on a good diet but has recently developed a dry coat, take him in for an examination and lab work at your local vet. Some parasites will cause dry skin, but he may also have a more serious problem that will need to be taken care of.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Is milk good for dogs?
Milk is a fine protein supplement but eggs are a lot better choice because some dogs are lactose intolerant, especially as they become older. When you give milk the dog can develop loose stools and diarrhea so it should be avoided.Helpful 4