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    Does anyone have advice for "non fish oil" supplements to add shine to a dog's coat? We have tried the salmon oil, but our dog developed an allergic reaction. Thank you.
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    Properly bred Labs don't have shiny coats. I would not necessarily use "shine" as a gauge of good health necessarily in a Lab. Frequent grooming is the best thing you can do.
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    Hi Sharon, thanks for the post. Can you please elaborate on proper grooming? We brush them frequently and bath them (every 3 weeks or so).

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    Bathing them removes the natural oil in their coat. Labs do not need routine bathing.

    Bauer has had 2 real baths in his 5 years, any only because he had gotten into something really stinky. It has probably been 3 years since he has had a bath. Many labs are never bathed. He does get brushed (with a zoom groom) almost every day.
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    Hi Debi, thanks for the post. Very interesting regarding the bathing. I knew that you weren't supposed to bathe them too often, but didn't realize to what extent.

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    Agree with Debi. Labs really only need bathing when they have rolled in something stinky. It really does strip the natural oils out. Zoom groom is great - just don't use it in a room with carpeting LOL - it takes a lot of the excess fur off! Brush him at least once a week, or every other day and that will keep his coat in order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.R.&JNE View Post
    Hi Sharon, thanks for the post. Can you please elaborate on proper grooming? We brush them frequently and bath them (every 3 weeks or so).

    -Robin
    Grooming = brushing. Frequent bathing (like more than annually) actually can damage a Lab's coat and make them stinky.
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    I use an Omega 3-6-9 supplement because my boy's coat is dry, harsh and dull without it. It's derived from fish, flax and borage. It does improve his coat, makes it less dull and it is now properly "hard" but no longer feels crispy. He had very mild dandruff before too, very mild. I wouldn't say his coat was really shiny.

    Some folks use coconut oil but I would not use anything if shine is your only goal. Maybe read up on it?

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    Thanks for the response. Good point - I should've probably said to get his coat more soft and silky (sounds like a commercial - :-)
    When we were giving him the fish oil, his coat looked great, but we had to stop, because he developed an allergic reaction.

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    Labs have a double coat and the outer coat is hard. It's not going to be soft and silky if he was properly bred. Now, my older Lab is not well bred and he has a very shiny, silky single coat. Would not serve him well if he was doing water retrieves in late November.
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