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Old 11-01-2011, 06:12 PM
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My 9 yr old mini aussie Jazz suddenly has a very dull/coarse coat. She used to have a nice soft shiny coat and the past few months I've noticed it's become increasingly dull/coarse. I switched her from Innova Evo Low Carb food to Orijen Adult a few months back could that of caused the change? If so, what is another food that may be a better option? Is there anything I can do to improve her coat until I finish this bag of food (I just got a new bag a few weeks ago)??

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Old 11-01-2011, 06:14 PM
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You could try giving her Salmon oil or feeding her some mackeral fish. That should add some shine to her coat.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:51 PM
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I use fish oil capsules, vit e, and salmon oil. Is there a reason you can't go back to the feed that seemed to work best?
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:04 AM
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I got fish oil capsules today I will start adding to her food :-)

I switched foods because I was trying to get her and my 1yr old on the same food (the pup's too active/high metabolism for the low carb version) and because her activity level is lower now and was worried about the high protein level... I am going to switch to a different food after this bag since she's not doing well on it... possibly Acana or Go! Endurance Formula...
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:13 AM
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i give my dogs fish oil and vit e too. Logan also gets ShowStopper especially during shedding season (like now) but it's pretty expensive. If her coat does not improve with supplements/diet change you might look into medical/metabolic causes.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:23 AM
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That's what I was wondering about as well - medical/metabolic causes.... does anyone know what some of those things are that could cause a dull coat?
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:43 AM
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If this is a sudden change in your dog's coat, a vet appointment is warranted. Thyroid issues are the first to pop into my mind.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:49 AM
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also worms. Sport normally has the shiniest of coats (when he's clean lol) and all of a sudden in looked and felt horrible,started to mat.

Turns out he had a persistent tape worm.
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And... the weather. Don't Aussies blow coats with seasonal changes?
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also worms. Sport normally has the shiniest of coats (when he's clean lol) and all of a sudden in looked and felt horrible,started to mat.

Turns out he had a persistent tape worm.
^^THIS^^

I knew we went through that with Emme. Her coat started to look horrible and she was loosing weight so we decided to de worm her and right away after the de-worming was done there was a very noticable change
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