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Shiny Coat Boston Terrier

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Your Boston Terrier’s coat should have a deep almost three dimensional shine that indicates health.  Part of having that shiny coat is good nutrition.

Reputable commercial dog foods typically contain enough nutrients, including essential fatty acids, to maintain healthy skin and a shiny coat, says Florida veterinarian Dawn Logas, DVM, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

In contrast, dogs on low-quality commercial dog foods or improperly balanced homemade diets — for instance, a dog that eats mostly chicken — may not get enough nutrients to keep a healthy skin and coat.

Low-fat diets are risky, too. “The obvious coat problems from deficiencies would be a dandruffy, dull coat from an omega-6 deficit if the pet is eating an extremely low-fat diet,” Brooks says.

In fact, puppies that eat very low-fat diets develop coarse, dry hair and skin lesions that become prone to infection.

But diet isn’t the only culprit when it comes to irritated skin and dull coat. Dogs that scratch themselves frequently or are bathed too often can lose oil from their skin. Though these dogs don’t have a true dietary deficiency, supplements can often remedy the problem. “I see a lot of dogs that probably could use more fats in their diets,” Logas says.

Pet stores stock a variety of other supplements that claim to improve skin and coat health. Brewer’s yeast and garlic were once believed to be natural flea repellents, Logas says. But “it really doesn’t have any effect,” she says.

In fact, she cautions against overdoing the supplements. Perhaps as a reflection of human interest in consuming vitamins, “people want to add in a lot of other vitamins” for their pets, too, Logas says. “Really, there’s not a lot of evidence that it does much to help just a dog who has more or less a normal coat.”

But, if dogs have certain skin diseases, supplements can help. For example, zinc deficiency can cause crusting on the skin. Also, some dogs with seborrhea, or scaly skin, may require extra vitamin A.

But it’s best to seek veterinary help before starting your dog on supplements, say Brooks and Logas. For instance, too much zinc or vitamin A can cause problems if given for long periods.

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So if your Boston Terrier coat is not as shiny as it should, ask your vet about adding omega 3 supplements.  In the past, I have added one scrambled egg a week to their diet to have a shiny coat Boston Terrier.

Does your Boston Terrier have a shiny coat?  Send me a picture and I will put it on photo Friday.

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