One of the best things about being a pet parent is being able to hug and snuggle with your pet. Cuddling into their soft fur after a long day is definitely stress reliever. If your pet’s coat is shiny and smooth, this is one of the first signs that your pet is healthy. But if you find your dog or cat’s coat to be dull, dry and flaky, you might need to take a closer look at your pet.

There are a number of reasons why your pet’s coat isn’t as lustrous and shiny as it should be. Here are the most common causes of a dull coat:

  • Poor nutrition. Your pet needs a healthy balanced diet that contains good quality digestible proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins. If your dog or cat consumes poor quality food and doesn’t meet their dietary and energy needs, your pet will have a dull, dry coat, and in most cases shed excessively.
  • Stress. If your pet is constantly anxious or under a lot of stress, you will notice their fur will shed more than usual.
  • Illness. Hormone imbalances, metabolic and digestive problems, internal parasites, and cancer also affect your pet’s coat.
  • External parasites. Pet parasites like fleas, ticks, and mange mites will cause excessive itching and shedding for your pet.
  • Arthritis or obesity. As your pet ages or if they gain too much weight, this can also cause skin and coat problems such as dandruff or matting if your cat or dog is not able to groom themselves properly.
  • Allergies. Pet allergies can also cause itching and affects the production of skin oils, resulting in a dull coat and excessive shedding.
  • Bathing too often. Giving them too many baths may also interrupt the normal production of skin oils and may dry out their skin.


If your dog or cat’s coat is looking a bit shabby and unkempt, here are some tips to keep your dog or cat’s skin and coat healthy: 


1. Feed your pet with the right nutrition. The first step is to give your pet a proper diet with nutritious ingredients. Feeding your pet good quality all-natural pet food will ensure that your pet has a smooth, shiny, and glossy coat. If your pet is missing some key nutrients, they will often have flaky skin, brittle hair, and greasy residue.


2. Supplement with essential fatty acids. For best skin and coat health, pets need food high in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. You can find these ingredients in certain pet foods or you can supplement with capsules or liquid versions. 

For an extra boost of nutrition, you can supplement your pet with Nootie Progility Skin & Coat with Probiotics for dogs. These soft chews provide advanced skin & coat support, with omega 3, krill & flaxseed oil  to help keep your dog’s fur shiny and healthy.


3. Brush your pets daily. Regular brushing helps with blood circulation, spread natural oils through their coat, while removing dead cells, excess hair and dirt, making hair shinier and free from mattes and tangles. Make sure to brush in both the direction the hair grows and the opposite direction for maximum benefits.


4. Use the right tools. It’s also important to use the right brush for your pet’s coat type. There are specific brushes for different types of coats. For pets with thick coats, a narrow toothed brush or combed may be used to remove any loose undercoat. A wide toothed brush can be used to brush regular top coats.

For cats, they usually like soft massage brushes like the Love Glove, that can be used to brush their hair and also be massaged over their backs.

For a more specialized treatment, your pet’s coat may also benefit from a session with a qualified groomer.


5. Use the right shampoo. Consult with your veterinarian on how often you should bathe your pet. Try not to bathe them too often is it can also lead to a dry coat. It’s important to bathe your pets with the right shampoo that is specially formulated for them. Using human shampoo, even baby shampoo, will be too harsh for your pet’s skin and coat. For regular bathing, use an all-natural, gentle conditioning shampoo.

You can also choose a pet shampoo that matches your dog or cat’s hair and skin type. Pets with dry skin might need moisturizing shampoos while pets with fleas or ticks can benefit from an all-natural anti flea and tick shampoo. There are specially formulated puppy shampoos for young dogs as well.


6. Get rid of fleas and ticks.

Pet parasites can attach themselves to your dog or cat easily whenever you walk them outdoors and can wreak havoc on their health. Check your pet’s coat daily for fleas or ticks by running your hands through their coat, especially around their face, neck, paws, and leg pits. It’s best to keep these pet parasites away from your pet by using an all-natural anti flea and tick spray.


7. Make grooming a positive and rewarding experience.

Your pet should always see grooming as a pleasant experience. It’s best to start them young and get them used to regular grooming sessions. Your pet should always be rewarded with a treat or a belly rub for them to associate any bath, brushing, or grooming session as something positive and rewarding. Avoid brushing too hard on any tangled fur as this may cause pain and discomfort.


8. Consult your veterinarian. You can ask your veterinarian for medical advice on how to get a shiny coat for your pet’s specific health needs. Your vet may recommend a special medication, diet or lifestyle change if there are any medical conditions that are directly affecting your pet’s skin and coat health.

A healthy pet is a happy pet, and a soft and shiny coat is definitely one of the best signs of overall health. We hope these tips will keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy and shiny for unlimited hugging sessions.