A healthy coat is synonym of a healthy and happy dog. If a dog is happy it can irradiate this shimmering glow from every hair fiber. If you ask me “What’s the secret to a healthy coat?” I’ll have to say nutrition; it plays a key role on the on the health of your dog’s hair. Of course there’s other variables that affect the health of your dog’s coat like fleas & ticks, allergies, brushing and bathing.
There’s a lot of different types of dog food available nowadays. Make sure to read the labels and find the most adequate for your dog. If dogs are fed low-quality food or improperly balanced homemade diets it may not be getting enough nutrients to keep a healthy skin and coat (for example chicken only diet).
Low-fat diets are not recommendable either, the deficiencies of fat can make your dogs scalp dandruffy and the hair may look dull. If puppies are fed a very low-fat diet it can develop coarse, dry hair and skin lesions that can become prone to infections.
Fleas, ticks & allergies
Try to prevent fleas and ticks, if a dog is constantly scratching it will thin the hair. There’s lots of options now to treat fleas and ticks; be proactive.
If your dog is suffering from allergies, the constant scratching not only will thin the dog’s hair but it will irritate the skin.
Do you want your dog’s hair shinny and soft? Here we show you some tips & tricks:
1Feed some tuna, sardine and/or salmon
These are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that helps contribute to a healthy coat. Try adding some to the dog’s food.
Regular brushing stimulates the skin and hair follicles, which increases the natural production of skin oils that make the coat shiny. Brush your dog at least once every other day.
Bathe your dog regularly, but not too much! It will all depends on how dirty he/she gets. A general rule of thumb is once a month, that way you will keep the coat clean and won’t strip off the essential oils that helps your dog get a healthy, soft coat.
If your dog has some type of skin problems try using an oatmeal shampoo. This will be the best way to treat, damaged skin. Since oatmeal has a naturally vitamin E, it will help smoothing your pets hair. You can always try an Oatmeal Bath, HERE we show you how.
We feed our dog small amounts of coconut oil with her food. This has really made a difference on her coat. It makes her hair feel really soft. If you can; feed your dog from a teaspoon to tablespoon of coconut oil. You can also try vegetable oil, flaxseed, olive oil and safflower oil.
If your dog is an outside dog, due to nature laws the coat will tend to be thicker and dry in order to provide some type of natural protection. If you want an healthier and shiner coat I suggest providing additional shelter.