1- Make sure their food contains protein.
Here are some tips to give your dog a shiny coat. A dull, lackluster coat is often the result of poor nutrition or inferior food. Like human hair, a dog’s coat is made up of 90% protein. Therefore, if the diet is deficient in protein, the quality of the coat will naturally suffer. When buying dog food, look for foods that contain protein as the first ingredient. In general, it is best not to choose a product whose first or main ingredient is a grain, preservative or animal by-product. For example, it is better to choose a food whose first ingredient is chicken, turkey or lamb, rather than chicken, corn, soy or wheat.
If your dog has a balanced diet rich in protein and amino acids, he will have the building blocks for a natural coat texture and should be on his way to shiny locks worthy of a hair commercial.
2- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are essential.
Omegas have a very good anti-inflammatory effect and can also help with other skin problems.
You can look for dog foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids or you can add fish, fish oil or flaxseed oil to your dog’s diet. If you want to use fresh fish, you can add a small amount (about two tablespoons for an average-sized dog) of raw or cooked fish (salmon, tuna or sardines are some of the tastiest options) to his diet to improve his coat. Once a week or so will be enough to get results, but it doesn’t hurt to give your dog these small amounts more often.
Add flaxseed or fish oil to his diet by mixing a teaspoon into his food. Be sure to use only one or the other, not both, and not too much oil, as too much can upset his stomach and cause diarrhea.
Omega-6 fatty acids also play an important role in the health of your dog’s coat and skin. A deficiency of these fatty acids can lead to dry skin, hair loss and general irritation. Supplements are available at many pet stores. You can also add vegetable oils, which are an excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids, to your dog’s diet to meet his omega-6 needs. It is easy to add one teaspoon of sunflower, safflower or canola oil per meal to your dog’s daily diet. The rule of thumb is one teaspoon for a small dog and one tablespoon for a large dog.
3- Treats are great, but make sure the ingredients are great too.
If your dog has trouble with oils or just wants a more convenient alternative, healthy treats are a great way to get all the necessary ingredients into your dog’s diet. Make sure you use a healthy, natural and organic product and check that it uses high quality ingredients. These three treats in particular will make your dog’s coat shine and can be added to his diet as reward treats.
4- Brush your dog every day
Frequent brushing of your dog is an important factor in achieving a shiny coat. Brushing is important to remove dead skin and hair, stimulates the skin and hair follicles, which also increases the natural production of skin oils that make the coat shiny. This way, you can regularly check his coat and make sure there are no ticks, fleas or other parasites on your dog.
5- Bathing your dog is very important
The trick to bathing your dog is not to do it too often so as not to remove the essential oils from his skin. The frequency depends on several factors;
The type of coat he has
The length of his coat
The degree of soiling
Here are some general tips:
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