10 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Coat Shiny and Healthy

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An important part of being a dog owner is keeping your pup healthy and happy. This means providing him/her with enough exercise, feeding pup quality food, playing and cuddling him/her, and taking care of your dog’s fur. After all, a dog’s health can easily be seen just by looking at its coat – it should always be shiny and clean. So, here are ten ways in which you can keep your dog’s coat looking healthy and groomed.

1. Bathe your dog regularly

Now, this doesn’t mean you should bathe your pooch every single day; doing it too often can actually damage your dog’s coat because it would remove the skin’s natural oils. Once or twice a month should be enough, especially if your dog spends most time indoors.

2. Brush your dog

Regardless of your dog’s fur type, you should brush pup’s coat every few days. So, find a brush that suits your dog’s breed, and get to work. If your pup sheds a lot, you should also get a de-shedding brush, which will ensure that your dog’s fur always looks well groomed.

3. Provide him with quality food

If you want your dog’s fur to be strong and healthy, you should provide a nutritious diet. When buying the food, pay attention to the ingredients, and feel free to add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to your pup’s food for some extra glow.

4. Give your pup healthy treats

Just like you should feed your dog quality food, you should also give provide healthy treats. Raw carrotts are a great choice. They are healthy and good for your dog’s teath.

5. Protect your dog against parasites

Fleas and ticks irritate your dog’s skin, which makes your pooch constantly scratch and bite herself. This can both damage your dog’s coat and cause issues for your dog’s health, which is why you should protect your dog against these parasites. One of the ways to do that is to give your dog quality Nexgard for dogs once a month.

6. Use coconut oil

You can give your four-legged friend coconut as a treat, or you can add a teaspoon of coconut oil to his/her food once a day. However, you can also use coconut oil externally. It will moisturize your dog’s skin and make your pup’s coat shinier. Massage your dog with the oil for a few minutes, or add a few drops of the oil to your dog’s shampoo.

7. Try an oatmeal bath

An oatmeal bath can soothe your dog’s skin and maintain the coat’s glow. It’s cheap, and it’s especially good for dogs that tend to scratch themselves due to allergies. It will relax them and ease the itchiness.

8. Add omega fatty acids to your dog’s diet

Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are good for your dog’s fur. Omega-6 also helps fight infections, while Omega-3 can boost your dog’s mood and ease arthritis pain. Just remember that they should both be given fresh in order to be effective. Also, don’t go overboard with the Omega acid supplements, as it could upset your dog’s stomach.

9. Use herbal supplements

Similarly, herbal supplements, like horsetail and spirulina, can soften your dog’s fur and improve the health of his skin. Just make sure to consult your vet about the right dosage for your dog.

10. Talk to your vet

Finally, if you notice that your dog seems to be scratching a lot, it could mean that it has allergies. So, consult your vet on the right treatment, since every dog is different and you want to make sure you’re doing the right thing for your pup.

Every owner who loves their dog should want to keep it healthy and happy. So, make sure to provide your pooch with top-quality food, including the treats, and consider adding some herbal supplements to its diet. Moreover, brush your dog regularly, and treat his fur with coconut oil from time to time. Finally, protect your dog’s health your should protect him/her from parasites, and talk to your vet if you have any questions about grooming. This way, your dog’s coat is bound to stay strong and shiny for a long time.

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20 responses to “10 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Coat Shiny and Healthy”

  1. Paris Carter says:

    Can you suggest a good Omega 3 & 6 that can be added to my dog’s food.

  2. Eila Macdonald says:

    I have a 6 mth old bichon whose coat is not coming in very well. It is very sparce and her black skin shows through and makes her look dirty all the time.

    • Jon says:

      If you have any concerns I recommend that you speak with your vet to ensure there are no underlying conditions.

    • Jon says:

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have looked into offering almonds to dogs and I find contradictory advice on whether dogs can eat them. Therefore I am going to remove the reference just to be on the safeside.

  3. Jackie says:

    Dogs shouldn’t have cinnamon

    • Jon says:

      Hi Jackie, all my research shows that cinnamon is safe for dogs. However I would be interersted in why you disagree – if there’s a valid reason I am more than happy to amend the article.

  4. Lillian says:

    This is an interesting remedy but works pretty well for me. I adopted a senior shitzu coming from a not great place. His fur was dull, matted, dry and sparse.

    I wipe him lightly with a clothe soaked in green tea. This cleans up and debris and bacteria. Then, I massage a tiny bit of coconut oil all over and comb him out. I do this every few days.

    He looks great! His fur is not greasy – its soft and has a shine to it. It sometimes looks fuller too. Also he smells good and just looks overall so much healthier and happier.

    • Jon says:

      Good morning Lillian, thank you for sharing your technique – I’m glad it works for your lad. Jon on behalf of CPC

  5. Mary Franklin says:

    I just got a 2 yr. old, female Yorkie. I know that, she was only getting basic minimal care. I would like to give her vitamins. Can I give her kids vits. & maybe split in half? she is very small, maybe only 3-5 pounds.

    • Lauren Billman says:

      Hi Mary, before giving your pet any human medicine please check with your veterinarian as this is often not recommended. CPC Team

  6. Rihan says:

    I think this is one of the most significant pieces of information for me. And I’m glad read your article. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Team Doggy says:

    A number of these tips are also good advice if your dog is prone to doggy dandruff. Keeping the natural oils in the skin and coat balanced is important not only to keep the dandruff at bay but an overall shiny happy coat as well. 🙂

  8. Abdul Moeez says:

    I hope everything is going well. Sir, I have a question about my dog. I have 5 dogs that are 1.5 months old. My question is that 1 out of 5 dogs don’t stand up to their ears, so please help me a little with what I should do. I’m giving them a tablespoon of olive oil in a Royal Canon Starter. Thanks

    • Lauren Billman says:

      Thank you for your comment Abdul. Like children, all dogs are different and some are slower to develop than others. If you are concerned at all about your dogs, please visit your veterinarian. The CPC Team

  9. Omega 3 is the BEST thing for skin and coat. It’s an essential oil meaning the body does not make it and dogs only get it from the food they eat of the supplements they take. If your dog is only given kibble to eat it is especially important to give an Omega 3 supplement.

  10. Lara says:

    Jon,I didn’t see mention of cinnamon but was it removed from your article? I do sprinkle cinnamon lightly on my dog’s food and he loves it, but concerned if it’s bad. I’ve heard otherwise until these comments.

    • Lauren Billman says:

      The American Kennel Club states http://www.akc.org: The good news is that cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, though cinnamon essential oil can be toxic for pups. Your dog will not suffer fatal toxic effects from consuming too much cinnamon, but that does not necessarily mean you should be sprinkling it on kibble. The Pet Poison Helpline cautions that cinnamon can cause skin and digestive irritation and sensitization in both pets and people, especially if consumed in large quantities.

      Cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and cinnamon in baked goods all offer opportunities for ingestion. Chewing on cinnamon sticks and consuming ground cinnamon or essential oil can cause irritation in your dog’s mouth, and inhaling cinnamon powder can cause your dog to cough, choke, and have difficulty breathing.

  11. Natalie says:

    My American bully has a good quality kibble for meals I occasionally cook for a bit of a change for her so because it’s mainly kibble I give her a tin of sardines in olive oil once a week and her coat is lovely! So shiny and smooth find that has worked perfect for her

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