The Best Dog Food for Skin and Coat = A Shiny Coat for Dogs

What is the best dog food for skin and coat?  You can generally answer that question quickly by seeing if the pets have a shiny coat for dogs. 

I see dogs, sometimes purebred dogs, that have a very unattractive coat of hair.  It really takes away from the general appearance of the dog.  So I can tell that dog is not being fed good quality food.

Princess, my 10 year old German shepherd mix, started on Life’s Abundance dog food when she was 3 years old.  Romeo, my 9 year old Eskimo mix, started when he was 2.  Before that, both dogs had very scruffy hair.  We were feeding the dog food that our veterinarian recommended.

When we switched to Life’s Abundance dog food, that situation completely changed.  Both dogs now have beautiful coats of hair.  Both of them get compliments all the time on what beautiful hair they have.

Life’s Abundance has a Skin and Coat supplement to give a dog if necessary.  My son doesn’t give Princess this supplement.  She doesn’t need it.

We recently started giving Romeo one half a supplement of Skin and Coat each day.  But he could probably get along without it.

The bottom line is that a quality dog food can make a huge difference in the coat of your dog.

I read a recent article that discusses the topic of the best dog food for skin and coat.  The article is entitled “Ask-a-Vet: Question and Answer.”   The answer is provided by Dr. Ed Foster.  Here is a quote from the article:


I just wanted to know what is the best dog food to feed her, she is a normal, healthy, and spoiled dog, she is not the normal color doberman, she is a silverish light brown. We take her for her regular check ups and she does have insurance. We would like to know what dog food you recommend, she has always ate dry, never canned.


1/7/2012 10:27:29 AM

I get asked this question quite frequently. While there are close to 4000 dog food companies, it would be impossible for me to know about all of them.

I tell people there are five categories of dog foods;
1) Generic or unbranded – I don’t even discuss these other that I wouldn’t use them.
2) Store brand foods – come very close to the first category.
3) Grocery Store foods – Purina, Gaines, Ken L Ration, etc. Within this category there are the very expensive to the very cheap and I tell people to stay with the well known brands and away from the very expensive and the very cheap.
4) Premium Brand foods – these can only be purchase through Pet Stores or your veterinarina. Again, there are many in this category. For example, Purina – Pro Plan, Iams – Eukanuba and Hill’s Science Diets and others. Most of these are what I refer to as fixed formula diets and most of the time you are getting the same thing bag after bag.
5) Prescription Diets – only sold through your veterinarian and meet a specific need for your pet and a condition it might have a need for a special diet.

Most poeple don’t understand that the Premium Brand foods are many times no more expensive and in some cases less expensive to feed and most of the time better for your pet. It is too long a discussion to go into in this format.

You have the same ways to tell if you are feeding a good diet, by looking at your dog’s haircoat and whether it is maintaning a good weight and how much waste you have to clean up. I can many times tell that an owner is feeding a poor quality food just by looking at their pet.

The complete article can be read here.  The veterinarian does comment that he can tell the quality of the dog’s food by looking at the coat of the dog.  A shiny coat for dogs is a good indication of the quality of the dog’s food.

Dr. Foster mentions 3 companies provide premium brand foods.  They are Purina, Iams, and Hill’s Science Diet.  I respectfully disagree with those suggestions.  All three of these companies had food products recalled in the pet food recall of 2007.  They were obviously more interested in their bottom line profits than the health of our dogs and cats.

Have you determined the best dog food for skin and coat?  Do you believe that a shiny coat for dogs indicates the quality of the food it eats?  I certainly do.  I wish you the best.

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