A dog’s coat provides a good insight into their overall health, a shiny coat is a sign of good nutrition and maintenance.
If you want to improve your greyhounds coat, a good diet is vital to achieving a thick, shiny coat. Low-quality foods or inconsistent meal choices (such as frequent and inappropriate snacking or ‘human food’) can mean your pooch is not receiving a properly balanced diet and often, not getting the nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy coat.
Healthy fats are important to maintain a healthy coat. Try incorporating the following foods into your dogs diet:
- Eggs: Containing Vitamin A which promotes cell turnover, zinc for wound healing and bioten for treatment of dry skin and seborrhea, eggs are a nutritional powerhouse for your pooch. Try giving your greyhound partially cooked eggs (eg. Scrambled eggs) as part of a healthy diet.
- Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids found in boneless fish (such as sardines) help support the skin and coat as well as your dogs’ immune system. Fish can be included in their daily diet.
- Oats: Contain high levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and iron. Not only does it help improve your dog’s coat, but it’s also great for your pooches digestive system. Mix in ½ cup oats with 2 eggs for the best scrambled eggs in town.
- Liver: Incorporating liver from grass-fed animals supports healthy skin. Packed in nutrients including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E and eight B vitamins.
Brushing your greyhounds coat once or twice a week using a rubber brush, mitt or soft-bristle brush will also help loosen dirt, remove dead hair, and help keep your pooch clean between baths.
During Spring when shedding is at its peak, try brushing your greyhound every day to remove excess hair and maintain a good sheen in its coat.