A silky coat isn’t just purposeful because it makes your dog lovely to touch – a glossy coat also reflects good health.
Certain additives to dog food can give your dog’s coat a dull, lifeless appearance so food that doesn’t have too many additives and chemicals is a good start.
Here’s what you can do to make your doggie healthy and beautiful.
Tuna, sardines and salmon
Oily fish is as good for dogs as it is humans. The Omega 3s will give him a real shine. Add some to his food, but remember to follow your vet’s guidelines for how much to feed your dog.
Dog food with oily fish as a main ingredient
It might be easier for your dog to get her Omega 3s from her food instead. Look for good-quality dog foods that list fish as the main ingredient.
A tablespoon of coconut oil
Coconut oil is good for clearing up skin conditions too. Stir a tablespoon into her food. It might be easier if you warm it up first so it’s liquid. Don’t add more than one tablespoon as it can cause diarrhoea if ingested in excess.
Other vegetable oils
Flaxseed, pumpkin seed and safflower oils are also good for silkiness. You will find them in health food shops. The same ‘no more than one tablespoon’ rule applies.
Whole eggs contain biotin and essential fatty acids, both of which are good for her coat. Add an egg to her food. Ask your vet if you should serve the egg raw or cooked and remember the advice about how much food you give a dog overall.
Additive-free pet foods
Premium dog food lists meat as its first ingredient. Soy, wheat and rice are common allergens and they can cause dull coats. Protein is an essential ingredient for a healthy, silky coat so look for pet foods that have a high content of meat, chicken or fish and natural ingredients.
Remember, before you start adding coconut oil, tuna and the likes to your dog’s diet, it’s worth getting her checked out to see if there are any underlying problems causing a lack-lustre coat. Parasites like tapeworms, hookworms and round worms steal key nutrients from your dog and can lead to a dull appearance.
Infections, fleas and ticks, thyroid or kidney problems can also be to blame. Have your dog checked out by your vet to make sure none of these apply.