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Q: Healthy dog coat?

December 6, 2011 | By Jillian | 3 answers | Expired: 851 days ago

Jillian

I was told I could add a raw egg to Juno's kibble to help her coat. Is that safe for dogs?

She's still at least 10 pounds underweight and hovering around 40 pounds, and only half of her fur has softened. From her mid-back down, it's very coarse and thinned in the middle. Her skin is also on the red side, she appears to have sensitive skin.

Right now she's on Nature's Variety, a great food with a higher than normal protein count. I'm guessing the extra protein should be good for her coat? She also gets a fish oil capsule every other day and I was thinking of combining that with vitamin E.

I don't get why only half of her feels healthy. We've had her exactly a month now, is there anything else we can do?

Readers' Answers (3)
Kelly
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Dec 06, 2011

I heard that dogs can't digest raw egg whites...something about them being indigestible and causing a biotin deficiency. Cooked eggs don't cause the same problems and the whites are pure protein so they should help with her coat. Could she have hypothyroidism? That causes brittle, dry, thinning hair. All I know to do is the high protein diet and fish oil. As far as the half and half fur, I don't know what causes it. Orangy went through that after we rescued him. He was underweight and his fur was extremely dry and brittle. Then he went through a period where his front half was soft and his back half was still brittle. We started giving him a vitamin every day and he smoothed out.

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Mary C.
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Dec 06, 2011

Here's what I suggest as long as any medical issues have been ruled out. Nature's Variety is a great food if you are feeding the grain free diet. This really makes a differance when your dealing with possible allergies and skin problems. Also look for wild caught salmon oil, this is highly concentrated and is amazing for the skin and coat and results can be seen in a matter of a couple days use. You do not need to supplement with vitamin E, the salmon oil contains what you need of it and excess vitamin E can actually be harmful. Honestly, I don't think the addition of the egg is nessesary, a grain free diet has enough protein to help with weight gain, ( you could add that brands canned diet to the food ) and the salmon oil is all you need for the coat, it really works!

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Stacy21
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Dec 18, 2011

I would agree with Kelly. You may want to bring your dog to the vet to have your dog looked at for hypothyroidism. My brother's dog has that and before they figured it out she had lost fur, was underweight, and had very brittle claws. She now has to take 4 different pills twice a day and I believe one is a prescription so it really would be best if you had that checked out before trying to fix your dog yourself. My bro's dog is much happier and really got her personality back after they figured it out (she still has brittle claws but it's manageable now). Have you brought your dog to the vet yet? If not, then I'm not trying to be harsh but if you can't afford to bring your dog to the vet to get looked at then you probably shouldn't have one. Also,ask your vet about the raw egg thing. You could actually probably give your vet's office a call and just ask. Good luck!

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