I had a couple of questions about helping a dry coat bloom from within, so I wanted to write down what I do. This is my own personal recipe and isn’t vet-tested or anything like that, but it’s very innocuous and I’ve fed it to a ton of dogs and it’s worked beautifully for all of them.
I usually make up a batch before we kick into the show season, so the dogs have a really hard shine on the coats despite all the bathing I do.
The base of the recipe is the old “Grow Hair on a Doorknob” formula, but I add stuff to it. I make it slightly differently each time, depending on what oils I find in my cupboard or at the supermarket (for example, I may add some gourmet leftovers if I cooked with walnut oil or avocado oil or something), but the dry ingredients are always the same and the below is very representative of what I make.
1 pound Mirra-Coat (horse supplement)
1 pound Nature’s Logic food supplement (you can also use Missing Link, but I think the NL is a better formula)
1 pound full-fat peanut butter
1 pound ground flax (has to be ground, not whole)
8-12 oz salmon oil
1 jar extra-virgin coconut oil
1 pound honey (optional)
Enough extra-virgin olive oil to turn the whole thing into a disgusting cookie-batter-textured mess.
Pick up in a spoon and form into roughly heaping-teaspoon size globs and freeze briefly on a cookie sheet, then put them in a gallon-size ziploc bag and keep frozen. I make probably 100 at a time, if not more, and each dog gets one or two a day right out of the freezer. You can see the shine coming in along the backbone and spreading down the sides; if I push it they’re even a little oily, which is what I want when I’m bathing them every night. You can cut back to one every other day if it’s working a little too well.
All the fats are healthy and shouldn’t cause weight gain, not at the small doses you’re feeding. The Nature’s Logic packs a vitamin punch and has some dehydrated liver in there for flavor and nourishment. I feed this with a raw diet with no issues, and it should be compatible with kibble as well.