Supplements. Cocoanut or Salmon?

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To add extra lustre to my dogs' coat, does anyone have any suggestions? I have heard of both cocoanut and Salmon added to their food will bring out a shiny, glossy look. Which do you all prefer? Or is there something better. He is eating grain free turkey based kibble and he has shine to his fur, but I wondered if I should do more. I have always heard that the reds are more prone to dry or flaky skin and fur. Since the dry season is just around the corner here, I want to get ahead so he isn't suffering itchy skin this winter. I know my skin gets dry every winter to the point of cracking & peeling.

I'd love to hear what if anything is on the market possibly to spray on also to make him "Dog Show Glow"!

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We give Reggie cod liver oil every morning and salmon oil at lunchtime. We mix it in with her feed. She doesn't even notice. Great for their coat, skin and eyes apparently... We give this to all of our dogs and have given it to Reggie from the first week or so that we had her so not sure what difference it would make against not giving it but we get compliments from people in the park all the time on how shiny she is so has to be doing something good.....hope this helps. 

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How much are you giving if you don't mind sharing?  

I just read an interesting article that was published in Whole Dog Magazine on the coconut oil and the difference between good quality oil versus cheap oil.

thanks for the cod liver oil tip.  I'll research it..

http://www.cocotherapy.com/wdj_coconut_oil_article.pdf

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No wonder I couldn't find anything on this sites search.  I spelled coconut wrong!  Feel like a dumb bunny now!  :/

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hahahahaah too funny, I was told tonight that I mis-spelled something in the newsletter and for the life of me I don't see it, hahahaha sometimes the brain just says yep that's it.......there is alot of info out there right now trying to get people to switch from olive oil to coconut oil I'm not convinced yet but interesting it has jumped to dogs now too......

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I have tried GNC's Wild Salmon Oil with Omega 3 and 6 ( available at PetSmart)the difference in her coat was amazing..I had switched over to grain free salmon and sweet potato at the same time.. so not sure which one ( or both) did the trick.

Have not tried coconut oil.. haven't even given cocoanut oil a try either.. LOL ( Just teasing.. I am the worst speller in the world.. which makes no sense does it.. ? My editors just shake their heads and charge double..BUT people LOVE to play WORDS with Friends with me..

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We probably use anything from a teaspoon to a dessertspoon of each on top of her feed...to be honest its really a "squirt" from a squeezy bottle so we're not very exact about it.

 

My mother had tried coconut oil previously herself but never thought of using it for the dogs. She changed back to cod liver oil and flaxseed oil some time later however so obviously wasn't that big a fan. I know that it has to be kept at a certain temperature to keep it liquid and can be more awkward that way......

 

Personally I use flaxseed oil as its meant to be great for your hair, dry eyes etc and I don't like the taste of cod liver oil but tbh I think any of these will do a good job. Flaxseed could be a good alternative for dogs also but personally I don't think anything beats the Omega fish oils.....