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Hello, i have a 6 month old red doberman/pit mix. What can i give him to give him a shinier coat. Also so he wont shed so much. I heard eggs and fish oil help but dont know the dosage for fish oil and do i give him the egg raw or cooked?
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Welcome to DT. We love pictures.

The first step to a shinier coat is to make sure that the dog has no parasites, internal and/or external.

The second step is to feed as high a quality food that you can. This website Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor is a good place to start comparing food. Also, reading this book DOG FOOD LOGIC - MAKING SMART DECISIONS FOR YOUR DOG IN AN AGE OF TOO MANY CHOICES - Dogwise Published Items - Dogwise.com is a good idea.

Good grooming is also important. A dirty coat isn't as shiny as a clean one. Doesn't mean that you need to give frequent baths, just that wiping with a damp cloth or soft bristled brush will help keep his coat clean.

Just be aware that some colors have a more subtle "sheen", as opposed to a glossy "shine".
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I like to feed and bathe them in coconut oil as well.
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We give our adult males (1) 1200mg soft gel capsule every morning. I buy large bottles of OTC Fish Oil for human consumption made from Anchovy, Sardine and Mackerel.I have no idea whether or not it helps their coats But, McCoy does have an absolutely beautiful coat. Sheriff has had some coat issues, but that was due to a life long steroid dependance.

I agree with Rosemary. Rule out parasites, then find a very high quality food that agrees with him. McCoy is fed Acana and Orijen that I top with a variety of natural additives. I hard boil the eggs I feed him, but thats just because we always have them around. (my wife is nuts for hard boiled egg whites. LOL)

IMO, unless a dog is really dirty, bathing a Doberman is unnecessary.In fact excessive bathing can be counter-productive leading to dry skin. I have free access to a state of the art dog bathing facility, yet McCoy at 21 months has had only one bath in his life and that was just a an experiment. He also never gets brushed. Occasionally, I will spray him down with a mixture of 100% organic aloe and water, then wipe him down with a clean white terry cloth towel. In the winter, the constant rain provides his "natural" baths. BTW, generally, a heathy Doberman does not smell bad. At least in my experience.

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I like to feed and bathe them in coconut oil as well.
i used to give coconut oil but educated myself further on the stuff. it's a saturated fat...and not necessarily a good idea to give orally. we didn't use it for anything else so we tossed it.

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i used to give coconut oil but educated myself further on the stuff. it's a saturated fat...and not necessarily a good idea to give orally. we didn't use it for anything else so we tossed it.
Correct but IMO it's health benefits out weigh the risk that can be associated with saturated fat, which hasn't been proven, to my knowledge to lead to cardio vascular disease. With that said, I feed it every other day just to make myself feel on the safer side.

Sometimes I feel no one knows what's good and what's bad for you. What's a super food this decade will be hazardous to your health the next...it all seems like a big crap shoot.
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that's absolutely fair. it's up to the individual to do the research and make the most educated decision they can.
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Pictures would be nice.

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