hello guys, im wanting to get more informed on keeping and maintaining a shiny and healthy coat. As well as healthy skin. What do i do? What do i give him?
Start by getting him eating a decent kibble instead of just canned dog food. Good coats and healthy skin come from inside--not so much outside.
I feed a variety of additives to my dogs in their kibble (after you get him eating kibble--don't start trying to do this stuff all at once. But when you you fix the first eating problem then you can start adding thing to his kibble that will help give him a nice glossy coat (which comes along with a better diet to improve his skin.)
So all my dogs, from the time they are puppies get either a spoonful of yogurt or cottage cheese in their breakfast--they get about a big tablespoonful. I don't make an effort to give unflavored things so the dogs get the flavors I like since they share both with me and I like strawberry, peach and vanilla best. And they almost always get an egg with their dinner. In the case my dogs I hard boil eggs up to a dozen at a time--they are excellent protein, and have things in the yoke that are very good for the skin and coat. And I hard boil them because I like egg salad sandwiches and the dogs also have to share their eggs with me.
I do give some added protein--if I find a bargain on hamburger or ground turkey I buy some and cook them briefly with just enough water to make it a sloppy joe consistency. I divide it into small containers--keep one in the refrigerator and freeze the rest and thaw as necessary. Give a big tablespoonful of that with dinner. Or if something like chicken hindquarter are on sale I'll buy a two pack and stick it in a pot, cover it with water and simmer for an hour or more until the meat is falling off the bones. Let cool. Save the broth and take the meat off the bones and chop or grind the meat--add the broth back to the meat and divide into small containers keep one in the refrigerator and freeze the rest and thaw as needed. Feed a couple of spoonfuls of the chicken along with the egg and kibble.
I also give fish oil (very good for the coat and while it won't prevent cardio problems it is helpful if cardio issue are going on with the dog). A vet recommended this to me years ago--and the fish oil should be given with Vitamin E. The ratio is 2,000mg of fish oil to 400iu of Vitamin E. These I get at Costco (or any of the big warehouse club stores (Sam's etc) where the quality is decent and the price is good. I give one gel capsule of the fish oil with each meal and on of the gel caps of Vitamin E with the evening meal--that keeps the ratios correct,
I also give (from Costco) their Kirkland Glucosamine with MSM--promotes joint and cartilage health and I believe prevents them from damaging themselves in the various activities. Most of my dogs go and do things in the various dog sports like Obedience, Rally and Agility after they are done with the conformation ring. Keeps them active and the glucosamine seems to help avoid some of the oil age stuff that I see happen to other dogs. I give it from 6 months on--some people just start it when the dog is mature. And of some people never give it at all.
Any question about this kind of stuff--I'm sure other people will chip in but basically a dog on a healthy diet will have good skin and a good coat.
I'll add here too that you don't need to do a lot of bathing with these short haired dogs with no undercoat. My dogs that are showing get two or three baths a year--if they've been rolling in the dirt I just take a hand towel get it wet, wring it out and wipe the dusty dog down. If you do bath the dog, use very cool water and don't scrub them--they don't need it. Thin down the shampoo and put in on in the direction the coat lies with a clean sponge or wash cloth and when you rinse do that with cool water too--and make sure you get every bit of whatever shampoo you were using out. That also keeps the coat in good shape. Dog skin doesn't like warm water so keep it cool and well rinsed and you won't have dandruff or an itchy dog.