4 Tips to Keep Your Dog’s Coat Shining Bright

A shiny, full coat is a sign of a healthy and happy dog. There are many factors that can contribute to a dull coat — it doesn’t always mean your pup is in poor health. Muddy play dates, rolling around in fresh-cut grass, dry sunny days spent outside — can all contribute to the shine being stripped from your canine’s coat.


Here are 4 tips to help keep your pup looking their best.


1. Slather on the SPF

Sunburns and UV damage aren’t just problems for humans. Our four-legged friends also need protection from the sun. If you’re going to be spending some time outside, consider applying a dog-safe sunscreen to your dog’s ears, nose and anywhere that skin pigment is light and fur is sparse – like their inner thighs and belly.


2. Healthy Gut = Healthy Coat

Nutrition is key to a healthy — and healthy-looking — dog. Your dog needs a high-quality, and easily digestible diet to develop a healthy gut and strong immune system so they can shine. Born Free offers recipes and toppers with an abundance of meats, a wide selection of vegetables and fiber with no additives or fillers. These formulas pack your dog’s diet full of nutrition and excitement.


3. Maintain a Grooming Routine

Dirt, grass, and mud are evidence of a good time and are usually accompanied by a big smile on your dog’s face. Keep up with these adventures by developing a regular at-home grooming routine. Baths, brushing and even trimming (if you’re experienced) keep your dog looking their best and feeling fresh!


4. Coconut Oil Treatments

Coconut oil, when applied topically adds moisture and shine back into your dog’s coat. To safely and effectively use coconut oil on your dog, massage a few tablespoons into your dog’s coat and skin for about five minutes — letting it soak in. Follow with a rinse and your dog’s normal bath routine. Try to keep your dog from licking the coconut oil off of themselves while applying, unless your vet has approved coconut oil as a safe product for your dog to ingest.


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