Recently our advice lines and show team have received a huge number of calls and visits from customers asking how can I improve my dog’s coat and pigmentation?
With winter just around the corner now is often the time coat condition suffers due to the weather and pigmentation can also reduce due to the lack of sunlight. Here are some tips and ideas on how we can help improve these problems with natural dog skin and coat supplements.
Coat Growth and Condition
There are a number of dog coat supplements to improve their condition, depending on what is required and the type of coat the breed may have.
Dorwest Keeper’s Mix® is always our first recommendation as it’s an all-round supplement that when given daily maintains a strong healthy thick coat and is particularly popular for gundogs and rough coated terriers, but can also improve any type of coat. Consisting of 8 different herbs and nothing else added, this combination makes sure your dog is getting everything he needs! There are plenty of ways to find out if your dog needs some more vitamins, or if this all-round, everyday health supplement could be beneficial, feel free to ask us!
Omega Star®. This combination of high-grade UK grown natural plant oils, provides high doses of essential Omega 3 & 6’s which helps the skin’s moisture barrier, improves coat growth and produces beautiful quality of coat.
This combination of Dorwest Keeper’s Mix® and Omega Star® have now become firm essentials for many top winning dogs. When these two dog skin and coat supplements are used together they have a great effect and are especially useful if your dog is coming back from a recent season or from a period of losing condition such as post whelping. Both products are fantastic when used together with the heavily coated breeds which have longer, softer coats.
A drop in pigmentation may occur on the nose, eyes, and mouth during the winter months and in bitches following a season or pregnancy. This fading is generally considered to be due to a shortage of minerals, particularly iodine and iron. Our Elderberry & Nettle Extract is specifically formulated to assist with this issue as it has high natural levels of both these minerals and is also the fastest route to regaining pigmentation. This dog coat supplement is added to the feed daily and can be given at any time of year and with any feeding regime without affecting the dietary balance.
Alternatively, Kelp Seaweed Tablets or Powder may be used as these contain all the minerals and trace elements required by the body, including high iodine and iron content. Many people find it useful to give Kelp powder for dogs from autumn through to spring to help prevent a drop in pigment during the winter. Often, many owners have found that using Elderberry & Nettle Extract initially to regain the pigment is best and then to swap to Kelp tablets for dogs to maintain the pigment is a very useful way of managing the problem. If your dog doesn’t enjoy eating tablets, why not try our kelp powder for dogs.
It is necessary to give either product for a minimum of one month to enhance pigmentation that has been lost although it may take two or more months for it to be completely restored.