Why do dogs need coat supplements?

Why do dogs need coat supplements?

As pet owners we often take supplements or vitamins ourselves in our ever day lives and veterinarians are happy to prescribe supplements for our pets. But, have you ever wondered what is the best supplement for your dog’s coat?

The most common supplements for dogs, in any market, have been designed and engineered to support arthritic joints and, as the population of aging and overweight pets increases, the reliance on these supplements grows. You might be wondering if you need to speak to your veterinarian first before you give your dog any supplements and the answer is yes you absolutely should speak to your veterinarian to allow him or her to assess whether your pet needs a supplement.

Whether your dog has a silky smooth, curly, or scruffy coat it is their most distinguishing feature and its purpose is to more than just look good. It will keep your dog cool in summer and warm in winter and is also an indicator of their overall health. For these reasons your dog’s fur deserves some care and attention. A dog’s coat can give clues about its health and, in order to determine what your dog’s coat might be telling you, it is important to know what their coat should look like. If your dog has a healthy coat it is generally in good health. However, their coats can also exhibit specific symptoms, such as patchiness, oiliness, balding, itching or thinning which could signify health issues. There are a number of natural skin and coat supplements for dogs on the market but how do you know that you are choosing the right one?

Here are tips when researching supplements for improving / supporting your dog’s fur:

  • Read the labels and identify the ingredients for which you are looking
  • Look for a batch number on the product, a sign that the company has set up quality control checks
  • Look for a contact number for the company on the label and a manufacturer registration number
  • Be wary of claims that sound too good to be true
  • Find out if they meet the requirements of the current Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) Code of Practice in the UK
  • Be cautious about giving human supplements to dogs as they can be dangerous for your dog.

So, does your dog need a healthy coat? The answer is yes as it is a good indicator of their health. A healthy coat should be shiny and smooth, not brittle, or coarse, and healthy skin should be supple and clear, not greasy, flaky, or bumpy. So what can be done to restore a dog’s coat back to health? Well, you can provide your pooch with a nutritious diet, brush your pup’s coat every few days, talk to your veterinarian and provide your dog with supplements to bring back that shiny coat.

Dog skin and coat supplements are a great way to keep their skin and coat looking its best by providing essential fatty acids and other nutrients. Dog supplements provide the cells of the skin with the necessary nutrients, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6, to keep the skin healthy, reduce shedding, and improve a coat's shine. The GudFur Coat and Skin Conditioner is a nourishing oil, derived from the finest Scottish salmon fish oil to hydrate skin, aid joint mobility and promote a healthy coat and it can be added directly to your dog’s food.

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