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Dull coat on my pooch

Hey all golden retriever experts I brought my golden to the vet today for a check up and I was wondering why my vet said my golden's coat is dull and coarse, well ofcourse I can feel it but I just don't understand why. He suggested putting her on the usual vet recommendation food to get everything balanced out; science diet or hills...but is that really the case?? Should I put salmon oil that is rich in both omega 3 and 6??

Or is there other types of food that will be the solution to my problem?? She baths once a month, and 5 times a week...what should I do??
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You bathe her 5 times a week?? That's WAYYYYY too much! I would only recommend maybe 1 time a week, unless she rolls in something or gets so dirty that you have to give her a 2nd one.
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Sorry I meant I bathe her once per month and comb her five times a week...
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What's your pup eating? And what kind of shampoo are you using for the once a month baths?

Sometimes, a little more fat can make a coat shinier, but it can also be a problem with fleas or with the thyroid that makes a coat dull.

So, tell us some more about what you feed and how you wash and groom your girl.
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Oh, okay. Much better. lol You could try giving your pup a raw egg a couple times a week. Or try a brewer's yeast supplement. It's supposed to help their skin and coat. What kind of shampoo do you use?? You could try using a conditioner on her after her baths.
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You can try feeding her salmon oil and feeding a high quality food. What are you feeding her? You could also choose yogurt as a treat. some people give their dogs raw eggs every once in awhile as well. I'm sure more experienced people will give advice as well.
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Hey all golden retriever experts I brought my golden to the vet today for a check up and I was wondering why my vet said my golden's coat is dull and coarse, well ofcourse I can feel it but I just don't understand why. He suggested putting her on the usual vet recommendation food to get everything balanced out; science diet or hills...but is that really the case?? Should I put salmon oil that is rich in both omega 3 and 6??
What do you feed your dog now?

Did the vet rule out health reasons for the dull coat? (I'm not worried about it being coarse, because they aren't exactly supposed to be silky or too soft).

When you flip your golden over, does she have a full coat on her belly? Or does she have thinning?

What do you groom your golden with? <- If it is too harsh a comb/brush, it could be stripping your golden's coat and causing breakage.

Do you have a current picture of your golden?

How old is your golden?
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If the vet's ruled out all medical conditions that could be causing a dull coat, I'd first look at the food that's getting fed. A lustrous, shiny coat starts from the inside. Depending on what you're feeding, it might be helpful to upgrade kibble to a better quality (fromms, orijen, evo, innova, etc) to help get the coat in better condition.

What shampoo do you use? Get a high quality shampoo made especially for dogs. I am a HUGE fan of earthbath. Here's the link: Pints :: earthbath® - totally natural pet care and you check the shampoos to see what might be best for your dog. I love the mango tango and puppy shampoo, myself and have bathed my dog with them about once a week this summer - it's actually improved the condition of his coat and skin. When you bathe, make sure you lather, rinse, repeat...and then rinse for longer than you think to make sure all the soap is out. I usually go another 3 minutes of rinsing past the point where I think I've gotten all the soap out.

Along with the bath, if you're brushing her 5 times a week, you can spray her coat with a conditioning spray. Deodorizing Spritz :: earthbath® - totally natural pet care (I swear I'm not affiliated with Earthbath in any way - their products are just amazing!!) I have the mango tango spray and Ranger gets it sprayed on and hand-rubbed in down to his skin before every brushing.

For additional dietary supplement, a raw egg (shell and all) a few times a week is greatly beneficial for a coat. You can also get salmon oil pills or liquid and give those on top of the food. If you go with the pills, pierce the capsules and squeeze out the oil onto her food. If she doesn't pop the capsules before swallowing them, she won't get the full benefit of the oil. I give Ranger 3 human grade salmon/fish oil pills a day - about 1000 mg each - we live in a super dry climate and he gets really itchy without him. I just give them to him as a treat since he pops the capsules - you can hear it pop in his mouth before he swallows.

Also, I have no idea how much she weighs or anything but if she's already on a high quality food, she could need some digestive enzymes/probiotics to help her get all the nutritional benefits from her food. I know a guy who's golden has to get powdered enzymes/probiotics otherwise she loses weight and her coat condition gets dull - and she's on Evo. If she has her digestive enzymes, she looks great. So that's a thought...

It will take a few weeks or months to start seeing results if you decide to change her food, add supplements and change "beauty" products so be patient. She should have a gorgeous coat soon!
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What Ranger said, plus it depends on her coat type. The correct coat type should be shiny, but I've seen some goldens with other types of coat.

You can also get a leave in conditoner, bath her then leave that in her coat to conditon it more, but usually that means they pick up more dirt. But it's an option!

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My first thoughts are parasites (worms), low thyroid or fleas. I would also ask how old Gucci is. Several years back, it was not uncommon for my young dogs (male and female) to go through an adolescent blow. They would lose a lot of coat and what coat they did have was coarse, dry and brittle. I tried everything and the only thing that really helped was time I don't see this so much anymore but I know it still happens.

If you are feeding a really poor dog food, that can impact coat but most decent dog foods won't impact coat that much. Which brings to mind a digestion issue-if Gucci cannot digest food properly, that can lead to poor coat and stunted growth. I had a Belgian Tervuren years ago who could not properly digest his food. I had to buy a supplement that would digest it for him. He had awful coat and was always thin, although his energy level was always good.
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