Your dog doesn't need special products to make his coat shinier. Most of the time a change in his diet can make a big difference. Whether you add a bit of olive oil to his food or change his entire diet, your dog can have a beautiful coat. Best of all though, all of these methods are natural and safe for your pet.
A number of dog foods include omega-6 fatty acids, but fail to include enough omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are also essential to your dog's health and can greatly improve his skin and coat. Mix a teaspoon of olive oil into the food of a small dog and a tablespoon for larger breeds to increase omega-3 fatty acids. Be careful not to add too much oil to your dog's diet or you risk him having loose stools or diarrhea. Talk to your vet before adding any supplements to your dog's food, just to be safe.
One reason a dog's coat can seem dull is that it's filled with dead hair. Dead hair not only makes the coat appear dull, but can also block the pores, preventing oil secretion which makes the coat healthy and shiny. Brush your dog at least 15 minutes each day to remove dead hair. During shedding season, you may need to brush your dog more often, especially if he has a double coat.
Exercise Your Pet
Chances are you've noticed how regular exercise makes your skin and hair look better. The same is true for your dog. Exercise stimulates blood and oxygen, which will bring the needed nutrients to the dog's skin and coat. Take your dog for a walk, play tug-of-war, go swimming or even play fetch. Any activity that gets the dog moving will be good for his coat and overall health.
Choose a Healthy Food
A healthy food is essential for a dog's diet. Choose a balanced food that has a good source of protein, is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and lists protein as the first ingredient. When switching the food, be careful to do so slowly, over the course of a week. Slowly increase the new food to old food ratio until the dog is eating only the new food. It can take six to eight weeks to see a difference in the dog's coat when changing his food.
By Amy Brantley
About the Author
Amy Brantley has been a writer since 2006, contributing to numerous online publications. She specializes in business, finance, food, decorating and pets.