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Old 01-14-2013, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best thing for a thin coat? (with non-related pictures!)

I've noticed that Apollo's coat is thin in some spots. He just had a check up and the vet said it wasn't anything health related. What can I do to thicken it up? He had a nasty reaction to liquid salmon oil so that's a no go. He's 7.5 months and 51 pounds. I've been using Mane and Tail shampoo and conditioner, and he eats EarthBorn Holistic grain free. He's soft and as slick as a seal but thin.





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Old 01-14-2013, 02:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He's young but could it be thyroid related? Where is it thin? Is that the flank, could he be flank sucking? At a glance, his coat looks very nice though to me
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you, I couldn't get any pictures to show it bit its thin every where especially his chest and along his spine.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My girl has a thin coat also. She is thin along her spine but mainly across the top of her butt and across her chest. I have not found anything to help.....sorry.
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Thyroid is a very common cause of a thin or thinning coat. Probably a good idea to have a full Thyroid panel run. I realize your baby is just a pup, but Thyroid deficiencies are becoming more and more common in very young dogs.
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We have been having the same issue with Chloe right over her back near her rear end. It is nothing health related as well, she is only about 13 weeks, so I am hoping over time it goes away.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you! Ill have to ask about a Thyroid test next time were at the vet.
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I'll third the thyroid, hopefully it's not but with his health as a pup there could be several factors whether thyroid or just a result of his genetics/puppy health.
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a thyroid test is a good idea.

our breed does have a lot of issues with low thryoid levels.

also, it could just be that your boy's coat will thicken after puperty.

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My boy started thinning along his shoulders recently and today I took the advice of people here and requested a full thyroid panel. My vet didn't think it was necessary but I insisted. I'd suggest getting one done, just to have a baseline at the very least
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Look at that puppy face !!!!!
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Just know ahead of time that many vets do NOT know the issues of thyroid and Dobes (and some other breeds)... Dobermans often have basic thyroid lab values in the low-normal range, and the vet will say it's normal... but IF it's in the low range, you do want him/her to do the full thyroid panel, and possibly even contact a vet who is very familiar with Dobes. Thin coat alone is usually not a clear indicator of thyroid issues - especially in warmer climates, and some lines have single coats, while others have "double" coats, so there are genetic factors, too. Shiny dog!!
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Just wanted to say how cute Apollo is!
His coat looks lovely in the photos
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From the photos his coat does not look thin. He is a handsome boy.

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Things good for Skin & Coat and we use them. Organic Raw Egg every day, Pure Vrigin Organic Olive Oil, USDA Certified Organic Ocean Kelp, Plain Greek Yogurt (get the good bacteria built up in the intestines), Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics will help with digestion and help the intestines absorb nutrients.
Is it just the liquid salmon oil he had a reaction to? You can try Krill Oil (tiny crustacean or shrimp-like creature that lives in the frigid open waters of Antarctica). Or Sardines?
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Thank you everyone for your help. The pictures don't show it but you can see his skin through the fur in certin spots like his legs , chest and along his spine. Ill talk to my vet and try some of your suggestions.

Oh and he says "thank you, he knows he's handsome" :-)
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