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    Maggie's coat is dull and flakey and I have tried all kinds of shampoo and different food. she does cot have your standard shiny smooth coat. hers is curly and thick. it's really dull. Any suggestions?
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    What are you feeding and how often are you bathing?

    Shiny and smooth usually means no undercoat... not something I'd want on my lab.

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    Have you had blood work done on her? Could be hypothyroid.

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    I am feeding her eukenuba and she only gets bathed about every other month. When I bathed her more often it was worse. She gets to play in the ocean a couple times a month. I thought the salt water would help. Blood work has been done and no problems have shown up. She is very healthy. Thank you for replying.
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    She has terrible undercoat. I will say, she needs to be brushed more often. My bad.....
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    Brush brush brush brush brush. Brushing is enough to keep them clean, you don't need to bath them as this actually dries out their skin and removes the oils that keep the coat shiny and cool. Unless my boy is absolutely covered in mud or something I'll wash him but usually the lake or a hose is enough. Soap, even if it's puppy shampoo is still enough to dry out my boys skin so we hardly use it.

    Buy a nylon bristle brush from a pet store, and brush your dog every other day. Perhaps take him to a groomer (THAT KNOWS HOW TO GROOM A LABRADOR) to get the undercoat problem fixed and then you should take over brushing. The nylon bristle brush helps to spread the oils through the coat, and refreshes it. I also use a KONG zoom groom, which has long rubber fingers (kinda hard to explain), and it can be used while your dog is wet or dry. It just pulls out dead loose undercoat...I would never use something like a furminator or something like that on a lab as you don't want to remove all of the undercoat.

    If that still fails, you can try some supplements like salmon oil or something.

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    Some labs just don't have the right undercoat, so it may be nothing you can fix. Add fish oil or coconut oil to the diet. Brush with a boars bristle brush (distributes the oil) and you can put in any kind of leave in conditioner...pet or human kind.

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    Thanks! I do supplement with fish oil. I have started brushing her more often and I must say I'm amazed at how much undercoat I'm getting out! OMG why isn't she bald by now? Seriously, it's still coming out...amazing, but her coat is getting much better. I guess I'll just keep brushing away!!! Poor thing hates being brushed too!
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    I have nylon brush I'm using and it's great!!!
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    good to hear - make brushing a positive experience

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