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June 25, 2019 / By Paulene
Question: Recently my labs coat has become "straw" like. It's thick, but almost feels like wire. And yesterday I noticed that he has dandruff really bad. I use the same dog shampoo on him as I always have, but it is just now becoming a problem. Any suggestions on shampoo or why his coat is like this? He is only 1.5 years old, if that helps anything.
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Marianne Marianne | 2 days ago
I had the exact same thing happen with my lab! He is a male and he is 4 years old but his fur got thin, very thin, looked dry and sorta like straw and felt just like wire. So I know exactly what you are talking about. He also had very dry skin and had tons of dander in his fur I know labs have two different types of coats but this was not normal I was not sure what to do with him. I had just started feeding him a homemade diet and I was giving him all of his supplements. I was giving him omega 3 oil but upon checking with a nutritionist he told me I was not giving him enough here is a little bit of information on omega 3 fish oils http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?... Make sure you are feeding your dog a good quality dog food and give him some omega 3 oil. Not only is this oil good for his skin and his fur but for many things. The one I am using is called Natures Logic North Atlantic Sardine Oil and I am very happy with it. If you go to their website you can click into the store locator icon and find out where it is carried or I think you could also just order it online ... it will tell you how much to give your dog on the back of the bottle. I give my dog 4 teaspoons a day. For puppies, I think they get more http://natureslogic.com/ many companies make an omega 3 oil sometimes with different types of fish .. using sardines, or anchovies ... and sometimes salmon. I do not like to use the salmon because of the contamination in salmon first give him a good bath, and condition him with a conditioner to help get some of that white dandruff or dander off of him. A product that I like and use is called Crown Royale ... They make shampoos and conditioners ... I also use the Crown Royale magic touch grooming spray 2 .... they make it in three different numbers for different breeds of dogs. I am happy with the #2. It also has a really nice scent and if you spray that on him and really rub it in, it is great https://secure.highspeedweb.net/~ldcpet/... also a grooming tool which is really good is the furminator removes all their dead undercoat --it is more expensive than most grooming tools but it is well worth it. I do not know if your dog is starting to shed, mine had no hair to remove at that time. http://furminator.com/ http://amazon.com/ .... also carries the furminator and I think you can get free shipping on it so first give him a bath condition his fur spray the grooming spray on him ... and use this spray whenever you groom him, I love it -- helps with their dander feed him a good food and use the omega 3 oil ... you would not believe the change my dog's fur and skin have made. It is now thick and shiny and got so soft. A wonderful change. He looks super!! I would say it took about 2 weeks for this change to show --- so give it a little bit of time good luck to you !
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Marianne Originally Answered: About my labs coat?
I had the exact same thing happen with my lab! He is a male and he is 4 years old but his fur got thin, very thin, looked dry and sorta like straw and felt just like wire. So I know exactly what you are talking about. He also had very dry skin and had tons of dander in his fur I know labs have two different types of coats but this was not normal I was not sure what to do with him. I had just started feeding him a homemade diet and I was giving him all of his supplements. I was giving him omega 3 oil but upon checking with a nutritionist he told me I was not giving him enough here is a little bit of information on omega 3 fish oils http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?... Make sure you are feeding your dog a good quality dog food and give him some omega 3 oil. Not only is this oil good for his skin and his fur but for many things. The one I am using is called Natures Logic North Atlantic Sardine Oil and I am very happy with it. If you go to their website you can click into the store locator icon and find out where it is carried or I think you could also just order it online ... it will tell you how much to give your dog on the back of the bottle. I give my dog 4 teaspoons a day. For puppies, I think they get more http://natureslogic.com/ many companies make an omega 3 oil sometimes with different types of fish .. using sardines, or anchovies ... and sometimes salmon. I do not like to use the salmon because of the contamination in salmon first give him a good bath, and condition him with a conditioner to help get some of that white dandruff or dander off of him. A product that I like and use is called Crown Royale ... They make shampoos and conditioners ... I also use the Crown Royale magic touch grooming spray 2 .... they make it in three different numbers for different breeds of dogs. I am happy with the #2. It also has a really nice scent and if you spray that on him and really rub it in, it is great https://secure.highspeedweb.net/~ldcpet/... also a grooming tool which is really good is the furminator removes all their dead undercoat --it is more expensive than most grooming tools but it is well worth it. I do not know if your dog is starting to shed, mine had no hair to remove at that time. http://furminator.com/ http://amazon.com/ .... also carries the furminator and I think you can get free shipping on it so first give him a bath condition his fur spray the grooming spray on him ... and use this spray whenever you groom him, I love it -- helps with their dander feed him a good food and use the omega 3 oil ... you would not believe the change my dog's fur and skin have made. It is now thick and shiny and got so soft. A wonderful change. He looks super!! I would say it took about 2 weeks for this change to show --- so give it a little bit of time good luck to you !

Kolleen Kolleen
Dogs have different "types" of hair as they progress from puppyhood into adulthood. For a large breed dog, the adult coat usually starts to come in at 18 mos to 2 years... and a full adult coat is reached at 3-4 years. Different types of shampoos are necessary for different coats. My concern would be the dandruff. This could be caused by a couple of things including: wrong shampoo shampoo not rinsed out well enough poor diet too frequent washing (conformation people put conditioner in dogs coats when they are washing the dog on a weekly basis for showing when necessary). My suggestion for shampoo is PurePearl by PurePet. Its gentle, dilutes well (expensive so the dilution percentage makes it feasible to use), rinses clean and contains very light conditioners.
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Jayde Jayde
Labs do have a double coat that is hard on the outside and softer underneath. Sometimes their coat doesn't seem as hard when they are puppies. The dandruff thing is not normal though. It sounds like his coat is dry, and that usually has something to do with food. He may need a higher quality dog food. I give my lab purina pro plan large breed adult. There are other good foods though. A lot of people on this forum like canidae.
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Eve Eve
Well, i guess the most notable for me is: Ritsuko Akagi of Neon Genesis Evangelion (Gendou Ikari and Yui Ikari also wear lab coats at times but Ritsuko is much more notable than them) Dr. Briefs = the father of Bulma in Dragon Ball Z always wears a lab coat Seta = of Love Hina anime always wears a lab coat too Thats all I can think of for now.. ^_^
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Cody Cody
Could it just be a thicker adult coat that you are seeing? Labs do get a firmer coat along the top when they are adults. The hair itself is bigger and stiffer than the hair they had when they were babies.
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Cody Originally Answered: how to condition a cat's coat so it's soft?
Like your skin has natural oils so does the cats fur. Excess bathing and or conditioning can hurt the natural oils of the cats fur. So the more you bath the cat the less soft if becomes, and it can be a vicious cycle. Give the cat good healthy food ~ others have suggested such ~ make sure it has plenty of water. Also introduce fish oil to your cats diet once a week ~ like the water or oil from human tuna's. Ask your vet for other fish oil sources. Vit E may not be good for cats so that is why she is turning up her nose. Also a small bit of real butter can help.

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