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Old 25-09-2017, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Choc Lab is 6 now and wonder what do people give their dogs in way or suppliants or to help keep their coat looking great?

My one currently gets for main dinners

Skinners Light feed
Mackerel in olive oil (tined) once a week in with there diner
Carrot after morning and evening feed

Extras

Sometimes the odd bit left over veg, chicken etc.

He is brushed once a week, twice during more shedding times

Bathed with shampoo once somethimes twice a year, but is very musty smelly. He does swim a lot and is towel dried.
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Old 26-09-2017, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So what extra's to you give your labs to help their coats and joints etc

I also tried a raw egg twice a week, but not sure he actually liked this so stopped, not often you get that impression from a lab

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Old 26-09-2017, 05:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not a lot different to you actually!

Milles Wolfheart kibble (highland for breakfast, tracker for dinner - both low fat e.g. "light" options).

Also carrot (in the bowl) - I have to be tight with her food to allow for other spoilings - it's there to help pad her meal out, and seems to be brilliant for keeping her teeth clean. And boy she loves them, even if there are chicken leftovers in her bowl she'll take the carrot first every time. I think it's the satisfying crunch she likes.

A tin of sardines for Sunday breakfast (thanks to this forum for that idea).

I used to keep a bottle of fish4dogs Salmon Oil in the cupboard as our magic coat-boost juice for whenever it was looking a bit dry or shabby or itchy, and it definitely helped her skin and coat. But it's also like rocket fuel in terms of calories, and seeing as she spends 2/3rds of the year shedding and looking a mess anyway, I haven't rushed to replace the last bottle yet.

From my own experience, at the core of this is the food. The perfect food should be delivering a perfect coat without adding things. And I think when I fed Gemma fish4dogs adult/full fat food, her coat was optimum. All those beneficial fish oils for supple skin and a glossy coat.

Unfortunately it was good for her coat but no good at all for her waistline! We had to switch to fish4dogs "weight control" (light) and her coat took a small hit. Maybe not so many of the oils in the lighter foods. In fact you can tell from just handling the kibble if it has an oily reside, and the light ones I've tried don't.

IIRC coat stayed around the same after moving to Millies Wolfheart, but wasn't long after that I added the weekly tin of salmon. Seems to be enough to keep her coat shiny in the sun and greasy (in a good way).
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I did also try Pooch and Mutt salmon oil daily in his feed for 6 weeks but noticed no difference at all, maybe I needed to give it longer?
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My girl had a terrible coat and even when I switched her to raw it seemed to get worse for a few weeks (though I know now that this can be a detox effect). I started adding coconut oil to her meals and restricted her meals to the meats that I know she is not allergic to. She has eventually turned a corner and now has a much better coat than she has for years. (Unfortunately she put weight on with the coconut oil so she is on a strict diet now).

Try swapping to a fish based food and give it 2-3 months to make a difference to see if it helps.
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