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    Question Shiny Coats

    Mine is sort of a grooming slash feeding question... I have a 4mth long-haired border collie and I want to know if there is anything I can feed or groom her with to make her coat shinier?

    She is groomed regularly using a slicker brush and I have been using aristopet pro groomer insecticidal flea shampoo which contains coat conditioner and is soap free (as she had a lot of fleas when we purchased her), it leaves her coat super soft afterwards, but I am having trouble getting that gloss on her coat.

    Is there any type of bruch/comb/shamp or cond/oil/feed that I can use which may promote a glossy coat???

    Thanks!

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    Sardines and oily fish are great for coat conditioning. Fish oil caps can also be given and will help.

    Remember though, too much of anything is bad and too much fish oil and/or sardines can cause diarrhoea and stomach upsets.
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    If you do feed a lot of fish oil, you also need to feed vitamin E.

    I give my dog sardines in olive oil with her kibble once a week or so. I also feed a reasonably high quality kibble that lists a specific meat first eg chicken, and does not contain much stuff like "corn meal" which is basically sawdust and makes for big poos but not a healthy coat. I also make my own casserole for her, which I feed instead of tinned dog food. The ingredient list on your average supermarket dog food, tinned or dry, freaks me out.

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    And......When you feed all the right things, you can still find some differences. My Young dogs coat is just not as nice as all the others and she gets everything. Genetics also have a part to play. I even had blood tests done on her, such as thyroid.
    We feed the oily fish both RAW and tinned. Plus the fish capsules, Vit E, Kelp, Vit C and I groom at least weekly
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    May I ask, how old is your dog?

    When Batty was a baby he had a very dull, fluffy puppy coat. That's changed now (in the last 6 to 9 months) into a sleek, shiny coat. I give him a single sardine once a fortnight (any more than that and he gets the runs).

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    Katy is 18 months old. She is upper right in my avatar
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    Oops! Sorry newfsie! I meant to the OP.

    Katy is a cutie though!

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    Ah Kate is 4 months old, she is fed Iams smart puppy which contains fish oil and is high in omega 3 and 6. Her coat seems to be improving, a friend suggested that a small amount of sunflower oil might be helpful, would this be alright for dogs?

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    I just add vegetable oil to my dogs food, just a teaspoon a couple of times a week. I can't say I have noticed a different in coat shine as I have fuzz balls and a baldy but the baldies skin is perfect.

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    A couple of weeks on now and her coat has improved 100% just a small amount of the sunflower oil twice a week (plus the grooming and iams kibble) and she looks like a new dog now.

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