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Why do dogs need coat supplements?

As pet owners we take supplements or vitamins ourselves in our everyday lives and veterinarians are happy to prescribe supplements for our pets. Have you ever wondered which 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. As the population of ageing and overweight pets increases, the reliance on these supplements grows. Before giving supplements to your dog it is best to speak to your Vet to allow him/her to assess whether a supplement is necessary. 

Whether your dog has a silky smooth, curly, or scruffy coat it is their most distinguishing feature and it does more than just look good. It will keep your dog cool in summer and warm in winter, acts as a protector against cuts and scratches but importantly is also an indicator of your pets overall health. As such it deserves some care and attention as it can give clues about their health and enables you to determine what your dog’s coat might be telling you. Firstly it is important to know what their coat should look like – a healthy coat generally indicates your dog is in good health. However, a dog’s coat can also exhibit specific symptoms, such as patchiness, oiliness, balding, itching or thinning which signify health issues. There are a number of natural skin and coat supplements for dogs in the market but how do you know that you are choosing the right one?

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

  • Read the labels and identify the ingredient you’re looking for - natural ingredients are better for you dog
  • 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.

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? Firstly provide your pooch with a nutritious diet, brush their coat every few days, talk to your vet and provide them with dog supplements to bring back that shiny dog coat.

Dog skin and coat supplements are a great way to keep your pet's skin and coat looking its best by providing essential fatty acids and other nutrients. They provide the cells of the skin with the necessary nutrients, such as Omega-3 & 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 can be added directly to your dog’s food.

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