Shiny Fur isn't just a vanity metric: How to Know if Your Dog is Healthy

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Everybody wants their groomer to fawn over their dog’s beautiful, shiny coat - but if your fur isn’t up to snuff, it may be a sign of deeper health deficiencies.

Just like eyes and skin, your' dog’s fur can act like a sensor, letting you know if their bod is getting the right mix of nutrients to keep healthy and happy.

Lackluster Fur

The first thing to look out for is dull, thinning fur, or if you’re starting to lose the shine. The most common culprit here is a lack of moisture and essential oils - Omega 3’s seem to go a long way here.

Dryness

If your fur has lost it’s soft texture and has become rough and dry, it can eventually lead to matting and tangles. This may be caused by a lack of high quality, absorbable proteins in the diet. A variety of amino acids are important to healthy hair growth, and should come from diet first. You may also want to try different shampoos/grooming products.

Fur Loss

If patches of fur are falling out more readily than traditional shedding, this can be an indicator of skin allergies, hormonal disorders, or other issues. Don’t panic when you first notice this as there are multiple potential causes, but do consult a veterinarian.

Greasy Oily Fur

Some breeds are more susceptible to this than others, but this one is most likely due to a skin disorder. It’s occasionally linked to food, but generally a result of skin cells producing too much sebum, one of the components that makes up skin oils. A vet visit may be in order here.

Dandruff

Dandruff is a skin issue, not a fur one. Similar to people, dogs can get dandruff dur to dry skin. Dandruff will get all over your clothes and furniture and could be the result of many different issues - anything from diet to hormone levels to a parasite called Cheyletiella mites.

Regular brushing, trustworthy grooming products, and a balanced complete diet are preventative measures that can help avoid these issues and keep your hair soft, flowing, and shiny.