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    I was told cod liver oil is good to give your dog for a nice shiny, healthy coat. Someone else told me coconut oil is good; someone else told me olive oil. Just wondering what kind of oil if any other dog owners would recommend. Thanks

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    Erm

    As far as I know - the coat gloss is down to breed and what you feed generally, not just one specific oil.

    My dog doesn't have a coat that can get glossy but she does get sparkly sometimes. I sometimes give her sardines in olive oil - which is supposed to be good for lots of things.

    If you do feed a lot of fish oil - you will need to supplement vitamin E - since fish oil can deplete a dog's vitamin E and if that gets really bad - the joints and coat both suffer and your dog can get really sick. But that's a lot of fish oil and no veg.

    Not sure about coconut oil. Coconut is something I use in moderation. And my dog doesn't usually get any.

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    My x breds are shiny..They get sardines in oil now and then. Truth be told, more then than now. They also get a raw egg in the kibble then and now. I think overall health too, and breed also comes into play re their coat.

    An interesting personal experiment was when Jessie came back (3 of mine are littermates) Her coat was roughish but is now silky. I rightly or wrongly attribute it to better diet. It wouldn't have worried me had it stayed rough as that may have been her particular make up, but it was interesting. You never know what you will get with x breed mutts (I call them mutts to their faces and with great love)

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    The rescue mob in Bali use coconut oil on the really bad scabby dogs they help. From what i've seen it works wonders but i have no idea how its applied or how much.
    Also my mate gives his Ridgeback a tablespoon of cod liver oil a few times a week on his food and his dog is the shiniest ,silkiest dog i have ever patted. Hes got a awesome coat.

    LOL...just dont try motor oil...i dont think that would work to well at all !!


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    Have a look at what a diffrence a week of coconut oil ha made to this cats skin and coat...
    One week ago...
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
    And now...
    https://www.facebook.com/BaliDogAdop...type=1&theater


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    That poor little kitty and what a huge difference in one week!

    Not sure about coconut oil. Coconut is something I use in moderation. And my dog doesn't usually get any.
    Hard to keep up with what's good and what's bad for us but coconut oil is on the good fat list now!

    Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs),
    which is a “healthy” form of saturated fat compared to trans fat.

    I have been giving Brian a spoonful once or twice a week in his dinner bowl and try to eat a bit myself as it is supposed to lower cholesterol but it makes me gag

    Back on track though, Brian's coat is sheer gloss, looks like black satin but it probably would be anyway as he has a great diet and is very healthy. He is brushed every day.Being black helps too, be harder to get a good shine on a sable coat I suppose.

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    coconut oil is good as long as it's organic, as is palm oil. The sprinter gold energy E oil is great, the only thing you have to watch adding a lot of oil is that you add some form of antioxidant or get a product balanced with Vitamin E. Otherwise too much oil can break down and create byproducts that can cause more problems then they help.

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    Omg that kitty. Bless the lovely people who changed her life so drastically in a week! Amazing. I didn't know that using it externally would be good for coats too; that's great to know especially since my puppy has some itchy areas under her armpits.

    Nekhbet, what do you mean by a product balanced with Vitamin E? How would I know if it's balanced? Is it ok for me to just add some gel capsules or is there a specific product you recommend?

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    My dogs have glossy coats, especially my kelpie. Her coat shines a rich deep red and is beautiful. I dont feed any oil, just give them good quality kibble and raw meat and bones on occasion and keep them in lean healthy condition. I can even see a sparkle in my cattle dogs coats like Hyacinth mentions.

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    Kibble often has cod liver oil, vegetable oil or animal fats added to them to improve taste (ie get a dog to eat grains). They can also add vitamins depending on what oil is used. The issue for adding oil (besides essential fatty acids) is that they add kilojoules to a diet without any help to the skin allergies, and you can add too much vitamin A or D that become toxic when excess is stored in the liver of a dog.

    If you are after a general improvement in coat, as well as ever cell in their body, and help skin allergies then fish oil (omega 3) is still the way to go, as long as it is balanced with the right amount of omega 6. Note that kibble has omega 6 in it (an affco requirement) but there is no omega 3 aafco requirement (they got it wrong). If omega 3 is supplied by flax seed, the efficiency of converting this to a usable source is 5%, so this coupled with breakdowns in the fats caused by poor storage of kibble can render the omega's in kibble useless - hence why people supplement fish oil. I use a raw diet but a little bit of kibble for stool formation and an energy source for the intestine. And of course I use fish oil for omega 3, but you have to select your omega 6 wisely.

    I was reading up on coconut oil and while it has similar numbers of medium (MCT)and short chain fatty acids. This doesn't appear to be the benefit that it once was thought to have. If a dog has digestive issues, they might help slightly but in healthy adult dogs the MCT's were absorbed in the same manner as the long chain (ie though the intestinal lymphatic system) which means they are just as useful/ useless as LCT's. (see Transport pathways of enterally administered medium chain triglycerides in dogs, by Newton et al - Washington OHIO 2000
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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