As a pet owner, you want your dog or cat to have healthy, shiny fur. Your pet's coat is an indicator of its overall health. According to VetInfo, "A shiny coat indicates that the dog is in good health; a dull coat may point to several problems (skin or internal)." You can give your pet a shiny coat by supplementing its diet, grooming it properly and feeding your pet healthy, well-balanced food.
Bring your pet to the veterinarian for a complete checkup. Your vet will be able to assess your pet's coat and determine if the coat is dull because of diet, skin conditions or internal issues.
Tell your veterinarian what you are currently feeding your pet. A shiny coat comes from the inside out so ask your vet to recommend a pet food that is suited to your animal's needs. Choose a balanced, nutrient-rich food and avoid giving your pet anything other than the prescribed food.
Mix an oil supplement into your pet's food each day. Oils high in omega fatty acids help to moisturize your pet, which will produce a healthy, shiny coat. Ask your vet for dosage recommendations. In general, dogs will do well with 1 tbsp. while cats should have about 1 tsp.
Brush your pet each day to stimulate the skin and distribute your pet's natural oils throughout the fur. Brushing will also remove any tangles or dirt that might be obscuring the shine.
Bathe your pet using a high-quality pet shampoo that is tailored to its skin type. Just like humans, animals have dry, oily and sensitive skin. Ask your vet to recommend a shampoo that is suitable for your pet's skin and hair type. Wash your pet about every other month to avoid over-drying its skin.
Items You Will Need
- Premium pet food
- Oil high in omega fatty acids (e.g. fish, flax, olive)
- Grooming brush
- Pet shampoo
- If you'd like to add extra shine to your pet's coat, consider purchasing a finishing spray. These sprays can be found at groomer's and pet supply stores. They add shine and gloss to your pet's coat.
- dog image by Krzysztof Gebarowski from Fotolia.com