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How To Make My Dog’s Coat Shiny

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A shiny coat is aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also an important indication of your dog’s overall health. Dogs whose owners don’t provide the nutrition and attention they need are more likely to have dull and sparse coats, while dogs with conscientious owners are more likely to have full, radiant coats. Here are some things you should know about making your dog's coat shiny.

Top Tips for How To Make Your Dog’s Coat Shiny

At Front Of The Pack, we know you love your furry family member and want him to feel and look his best, so we're excited to offer you some advice for making your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. Give one or more of these tips a try and see for yourself how your dog’s appearance improves.

Tweak the Diet

Your dog needs essential fatty acids to grow a fabulous coat. Essential fatty acids are beneficial to your dog's coat as well as immune function, eye health, heart health and joints. If your sweet girl or boy has a dull coat, consider a quality supplement containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Wild Alaskan salmon treats are a good choice because salmon contains a healthy balance of both of these fatty acids.

You should also be picky about the food you purchase for your dog. Remember, high-quality dog food typically costs more than low-quality dog food because it contains healthy ingredients.

Address Medical Conditions

The cause of your dog’s dull fur might be an undiagnosed or untreated medical condition. Some conditions (like hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease or diabetes) can cause changes to the skin that impact the coat. Other common symptoms of untreated health conditions include:

  • Lethargy
  • Drinking more or less than usual
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained weight changes

If you notice any of these symptoms, seek treatment for your pet as soon as possible. A dull coat is sometimes an indication of a serious underlying health problem.

Some dog breeds are more prone to flaky skin than others, including Labrador retrievers, Great Danes, basset hounds, German shepherds, pit bulls and others. If your dog is prone to flaky, dry skin, you may need to put in additional effort to help make his or her coat shiny and hydrated.

Check for Ectoparasites

No dog owner wants to think about the possibility of their pet having an ectoparasite condition, but if your canine's coat is suddenly looking a bit shabby and sparse, your animal may have fleas, scabies, ticks or demodex. Use an effective monthly parasite prevention product to keep this problem from occurring and talk to your veterinarian if you have any suspicions your dog may have ectoparasites.

Learn How To Make Your Dog’s Coat Shiny

Are you still wondering how to make your dog's coat shiny? We’d love to help you choose which supplements are the best fit for your loyal pet. Learn more about our supplements and how they can improve the health and appearance of your dog’s coat.