Know Your ABC's: Vitamins for a Healthy Coat

by Maggie Marton May 01, 2017

Know Your ABC's: Vitamins for a Healthy Coat

Want your pup to have a healthy, shiny coat? Of course you do!

Beyond using the best products that are pH-balanced for your dog, it’s also important to make sure she’s getting the right mix of vitamins for a healthy coat. Here are three to watch for:

Vitamin A

A fat-soluble vitamin, A is largely found in plants. While it’s a key vitamin in preventing skin problems like hair loss, it’s also one that can be over-supplemented. If you serve the occasional functional treat that contains Vitamin A, like those with apple or pumpkin, you should hit sufficient doses.

B Vitamins

Deficiencies in B Vitamins, particularly B5 and B6, can result in problems like hair loss and skin lesions. There are actually a whole bunch of different B vitamins, including another that has significant impact on skin and coat, biotin. Biotin works to maintain healthy skin and coat. Kelp is an excellent source of B Vitamins.

Vitamin E

Often added to grooming products, Vitamin E can help get rid of flakiness and promote a healthy coat. It prevents skin from getting dried out and itchy, especially during cold winter months, because of its added immune benefits. Sweet potatoes are a good source of Vitamin E.

Many of these ingredients are also found in grooming products, as well as in treats and food. Keep your pup healthy by finding the right balance. But remember: Before starting your dog on any supplement regimen, be sure to consult with your vet!



Maggie Marton
Maggie Marton

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Maggie Marton is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at ohmydogblog.com and maggiemarton.com. 



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