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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-31-2008, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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keeping a gsd's hair shiny

i was wondering how every one keeps there dogs hair shiney and clean looking without baths all the time? i can give duke a bath and he looks so good, and smells wonderful for about a week and then its back to that old, dry, dirty look.
I brush him a total of an hour each day but to no avail. he eats pinacle dog food for healthy skin, and shiny coats, he takes a multi vitamin for that also. but nothing just seems to work at all. HELP ME PLEASE, I WANT MY BOY TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL AGAIN

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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

The food seems to be the key in my house. Even though you feed a good food, it may not be right for Duke. My foster pups always have very shiny skin and coats on Abady raw and kibble. Ilan does very well on Evo. (and believe it or not, and please no one shoot me, I have a boxer/pit cross who can only eat Iams.)
Dull coat can also be a sign of allergies, fleas, and med problems such as a thyroid inefficiency.

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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

ok, thanks alot for the reply. he doesnt have fleas, but not sure about the allergies or med problems. i thought maybe it could be some of the cold weather also. some dogs go through that rough looking stage as it gets colder. and he is only a year old so hes at that rough point now anyway.
maybe after this bag of food ill try something different for him, sad because i just put him on this about 2 or 3 weeks ago. maybe im not giving it enough time.
he seems not to like this food all that well, i give him 2 cups a day one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and it takes him forever to eat it not while hes eating it but it will sit there for ever before he will eat.
and he doesnt eat the 2 cups all the time either. so i dont know.

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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

some salmon oil and vitamin E might help I usually get grizzley salmon oil that comes in a pump bottle, but you could do caps as well. Then one 400 I.U pill of vitamin E per day as well.

Also there is these "between bath" sprays I like from Earthbath
http://www.earthbath.com/between.html
Smell great.. but if I remember right they are kindof expensive

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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

It can take 6 weeks before you see a change! Don't switch just yet.
This is a very bad time of year for coats! Everyone is trying to get the winter parkas on! Here in the NE, My kids are actually blowing for the second time!
A bit young for thyroid problems, and allergies too.(Generally we see these problems over 1 1/2 years of age.
My girls at their one year mark get very slow at eating! Their growth has slowed down, and they don't feel the need to consume food as much as I would like them too!!! My dogs run on the light side(bred that way) so I catch myself trying to feed them too much.
On that note, Ilan, the foster that stayed home, is coming 3, and now eats so well I have to stop myself from giving her more when she asks. (She was the worst of all my pups for the picky eating contest!)
Hang in there and see if the food makes a difference!

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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

ok thanks guys i really appriciate it alot! if it wasnt for this site i dont know what i would do! alot of great advice givers here!!

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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

Goofy has a silky soft coat. I switched to blue buffalo about 2 weeks ago. He loves the lamb and rice.
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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

there is a product made by solid gold called seameal which is quite wonderful for soft, shiney coats.

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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

You might even be over brushing. An hour every day seems a bit much. You might be breaking hairs and/or irritating the skin. Eggs are also supposed to be great for their coats, I just recently started giving eggs and vitamin E every day (already giving fish oil). I'm hoping this will help because Brenna's coat is a bit coarse as well.

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Re: keeping a gsd's hair shiny

Is he outside much?
My guys all have nice coats except Karma... she always needs a bath because when she goes out she plays flip-the-stick (or bowl, ball or rock). She ends up being dusty and gross
Just wondering if that might be a possibility.
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