Dogs are man’s best friend, and their owners want to ensure that they are looking good and feeling great throughout their lives. A dog’s diet can give dogs healthy insides and ensure that they live a ling and healthy life, but foods can also give dogs a nice, shiny coat that is healthy and gorgeous to look at. Vegetable oils and animal fats are good sources of fatty acids. These fatty acids, like lioleic acid (an important omega-6 fatty acid) helps dogs develop a shiny coat, and provides a barrier to lock in skin moisture. Knowing this, dog owners can start looking for foods with these oils and fats in them if they want their dog to develop a healthy and beautiful coat. These ingredients alone can help your dog have a great coat, but there are also other ingredients that foods contain that will help achieve a beautiful coat. Look for these ingredients when looking at dog foods at your local store.
Zinc helps promote and healthy and beautiful coat. Zinc helps increase skin hydration and cell replication. You can find zinc in meat, whole grain cereals and mineral salts. If any of these ingredients are in your dog’s food, you can guarantee that the zinc inside will help get your dog the shiny coat they deserve. Zinc also prevents crusting on the skin, which can lead to surgeries and a lot of pain for your dog.
B vitamins can help a dog’s coat stay wonderfully soft and silky. Some B vitamins that promote a healthy coat are: Biotin, which helps dogs synthesize glucose, fatty acids and different amino acids, which are important for the body to make skin and hair cells. Riboflavin is found in yeast, liver and eggs, which also contribute to skin and coat health. One last B vitamin that protects the skin and helps limit dehydration is Niacin, which comes in meat, fish, and cereal grains.
When looking at the ingredients on your dog’s food, there are a few key ingredients that will help your dog’s coat, as well as taste delicious for them as well. Look for foods that have tuna, sardines or salmon. They all contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to a dog’s healthy coat, and you can even spoil your pooch by adding some fresh fish to their food if you are having some yourself for dinner.
You may be surprised to find that many of the ingredients in dog’s foods can be found in your home. Look for foods that have oils in them, such as vegetable, sunflower, flaxseed, olive, coconut and safflower oils. You may even have these in your cabinet, if not already in your dog’s food. You can add these oils to your dog’s food if they have low amounts in them, but do not add to much, because it could cause diarrhea. Coconut oil many also help clear up skin conditions, so look and see if there are oils in your dog’s food to promote a healthy coat.