Dogs coats are a great indicator of the general health of the
pets. A shiny coat indicates that the dog is in good health; a dull coat
may point to several problems (skin or internal). Keeping the dog’s
coat shiny can be done by following a few tips.
Why Your Dog Should Have a Shiny Coat
The dog’s coat should be normally shiny. The shine is due to some natural oils that are secreted by the dog’s skin and when these are spread over the coat, the coat will have the shiny, healthy look. When these essential oils are not produced in sufficient amounts, the coat will have a dull, coarse appearance. Consequently, the dog’s skin and coat’s health are interrelated.
Our Top Performance® Skin & Coat Tablets
feature omega 3 and omega 6 as well as added vitamins that are essential for skin health.
INGREDIENTS -GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
- 60 Tablets for a value price
- Highly palatable
- Natural chicken and beef flavor
Per 1.7 gram tablet
*Omega 6 2.9% Min.
*Omega 3 1.0 % Min.
Calcium 3.3% Min.
Zinc 5 mg
Vitamin E 20 IU
Vitamin A 28 IU
Vitamin B1 50 mcg
Vitamin B2 20 mcg
Vitamin B6 30 mcg
Vitamin B12 2 mcg (All values are minimum unless otherwise noted)
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles
Natural flavoring, Dicalcium Phosphate, Powdered Cellulose, Dextrates, Sunflower Oil Powder, Maltodextrin, Stearic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Fish Oil Powder, Silicon Dioxide, d-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Citrate, Cobalamin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Powder.
Directions for use
: For best results, use daily. Administer as a treat or snack prior to feeding. May also be crumbled and mixed with pet food.
- Small dogs & cats (5-20 lbs) 1/2 tablet daily
- Mid-size dogs (21-50 lbs) 1 tablet daily
- Large dogs (51-80 lbs) 2 tablets daily
- Very large dogs (81-110 lbs) 3 tablets daily
- Giant breed dogs (over 110 lbs) 4-5 tablets daily
Natural Ways to Encourage a Shiny Coat
Once you know that your dog is in tip-top shape, here are some other things you can do to encourage his or her coat to come out shiny and soft.
Tuna, sardines, and salmon: These are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help contribute to a healthy coat, plus they’re delicious to a dog! Add some to the dog’s food. All of these ingredients are in one tablet of Top Performance Skin & Coat tablets
Brush regularly: Regular brushing stimulates the skin and hair follicles, which increases the natural production of skin oils that make the coat shiny. Brush your dog at least once every other day.
Bathe regularly, but not too much: How often depends on your dog, the length of the coat, and how dirty he or she gets. Bathing once a month is a good general guideline—often enough to keep the coat clean, but not so often that you’re stripping the coat of essential oils. Use a moisturizing shampoo that won’t irritate skin. Consider adding a natural conditioner afterwards—those that contain vitamin E are soothing to the skin and hair. Some owners use coconut milk on the pet’s fur for several minutes before bath time.
A little oil: Stir one teaspoon to one tablespoon of vegetable oil into your dog’s food to keep the coat healthy. Try sunflower, flaxseed, olive, coconut, and safflower, but don’t give them too much—that can lead to diarrhea. Coconut oil may also help clear up skin conditions.
Protection: Dogs who have no shelter from the elements and are kept outside most days will have coats that change to be more thick and dry simply to provide natural protection. You can just let it be for the colder winter months, or provide additional shelter to encourage a shinier coat.
Oatmeal Bath: Dogs with dull coats often have skin problems, as well. An oatmeal bath helps sooth the skin, tame itching, and leaves the coat soft and shiny. Oatmeal contains vitamin E, so it works as a natural softener. Simply grind one-cup plain oatmeal into a fine powder, fill a tub with lukewarm water, add the powder and stir in until the water appears cloudy, then place your dog in the bath. Pour water on its back and head, avoiding the eyes, and massage for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.