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Worried your dog isn’t ready for the catwalk?

A dog’s coat is an indicator of overall health. If you’re concerned that it’s looking dull or lifeless, it’s time to find out why.

There are a few changes you can make to help promote a healthy dog coat. Let’s take a look at them below.

Nutrition

Most good health tips start with nutrition.

After all, food is how our body repairs and rebuilds itself. The same is true for dogs. If you notice your dog’s coat looks dull, try looking at their diet first.

Much of the dog food you can buy off the shelf is poorly balanced. It’s loaded with empty calories and additives. Look for alternatives that contain a balance of nutrients and come recommended by vets.

You won’t see improvement in your dog’s coat instantly. But give it a few weeks and you may get that sheen back. Better nutrition can fight skin conditions that contribute to a dull coat, too.

Bathe Regularly

Dogs can get just as smelly and gross as we do. Over time, dirt and oil build-up in your dog’s coat will dull its sheen.

Bathe your dog at least monthly to strip away the dirt. Use this time to treat them with a shampoo that nourishes their skin and adds luster to their fur.

Try not to bathe your dog too regularly, though. If you wash them every few days, you’ll strip out the natural oils in their fur, which will leave it looking frizzy and lifeless.

Still not satisfied? Consider a professional grooming service. They’ll know what promotes a healthy coat.

Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are the building blocks mammals use for healthy skin, among other benefits. They’re also key to a healthy dog coat.

Fresh fish is one of nature’s best sources of fatty acids like Omega-3. You can incorporate fish like tuna into your dog’s food to give them a treat and promote a healthy coat.

Omega-6 is another essential fatty acid. Poultry and vegetable oil are both great sources of Omega-6. Some dog foods contain vegetable oil. But you can also treat your dog with the occasional chicken breast to give them a boost.

If you don’t want to go to the source, you can always buy supplements of Omega-6 and Omega-3 to add to your dog’s food. But generally, it’s better to get them from natural sources where possible.

Fresh Air and Exercise

Like humans, a dog’s biology thrives on exercise.

Dogs experience all the same problems we do with a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of exercise can lead to weight gain, and cause knock-on problems like skin conditions and a loss of sheen in their fur.

Make sure you’re taking your dog out for regular walks in the fresh air. Give them time to play and stretch their legs outside. This stimulates the body and ensures it’s operating at peak efficiency.

Small Steps for a Healthy Dog Coat

A healthy dog coat doesn’t have to be hard work.

By making these few lifestyle tweaks, your dog’s coat can shine like their personality.

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