The first thing that comes to mind when trying to improve your dog’s coat is usually supplements such as oil-based moisturizer and powders. However, food may have a more permanent result when it comes to the health of your dog’s coat.
Foods To Improve Your Dog’s Coat
Nutrition is one of the most important aspects when it comes to coat and skin health in dogs. If you want to improve your dog’s fur, look for foods high in fatty acids, essential amino acids, biotin, riboflavin (B2), zinc, copper, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C. You can find these nutrients in the 5 foods listed below.
Essential fatty acids, better known as Omega 3,6, and 9, are excellent for your dog’s coat and can be found in fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, haddock, and sardines. These fatty acids will not only help to improve your dog’s coat but will also play a role in improving the immune system, eyesight, and overall health of your pup.
Eggs are very high in protein and an excellent source of vitamin A, zinc, and biotin. Make sure to feed eggs cooked since raw eggs contain a compound called avidin which interferes with the body’s ability to metabolism biotin, vitamins, and omega fatty acids.
Liver from grass-fed animals is an excellent source of zinc, copper, vitamin A, C, D, E, and B-complex vitamins including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, and biotin. These nutrients play a key role in improving and maintaining skin and coat health.
4. Sweet Potato
Sweet potato contains a high level of betacarotene (a pigment that will be converted to vitamin A in your dog’s body) as well as vitamin E and vitamin C. This food is often considered a superfood and contributes to wound healing, collagen production, and skin and coat health in dogs.
Coconut is great for more than just skin and coat health. It contains saturated fat and medium-chain triglycerides which is thought to improve overall health in both humans and dogs.
The foods listed above aren’t the only great foods for skin and coat health. If these don’t work for your dog, you can also try chia seeds, cranberries, carob, oats, and almonds (in small amounts).
I’m Rita and I’m crazy about animals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had all sorts of pets throughout my life. This, along with my years of experience working as a professional dog trainer, has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about their care and behavior. I have several animal-related qualifications including dog training, equine science, and nature guiding. I live in sunny South Africa, where you can find me out walking my dog or caring for my rabbits when I’m not working.