How to Cure a Dog Dry Coat

by Marjorie
(Firestone, Colorado)

Reader Question: What to Give a Dog For a Dry Coat

I live in Colorado where it has been very cold lately. My dog's fur is not shiny like it usually is. Now it is very dull and still shedding. She is brushed often, has an excellent diet of dog food doesn't act sick eating well just the fur does not look shiny at all. Very dull.

Suggestion from Our Vet for treating a dog dry coat

Hi Marjorie,

Cold and dry weather can take a toll on a dog’s skin and coat. First of all, make sure you are not over-bathing your dog. Washing your dog monthly using a gentle, moisturizing shampoo designed for dogs should be sufficient. Next, as long as your dog seems healthy (no increase in itchiness or other symptoms), try upping his intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Many different products have been used with success including salmon oil and omega-3 supplements designed for dogs.

If after a month of increased omega-3 fatty acid intake the quality of your dog’s fur has not improved or if you notice a decline in his condition at any time, make an appointment with your veterinarian.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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