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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Hairs out of place

Hi Dogs Today

My Flattie's coat has become quite dull of late. I'm not sure whether it's because he's getting older (he's nine years) or whether it's connected to his moulting, which he is doing a fair bit of at the moment.

Can you suggest anything I can give him to get him back to his usual glossy self?

Thank you.

Mrs Bond, by email

Alison Logan, vet, advises…

The same happened to my twelve-year-old Labrador over Christmas – she was losing her coat in handfuls yet grooming it out just left a dull lifeless coat. You will be relieved to know that it is back to its usual glossy self now, because it was just the result of a heavy moult. There is a supplement you can add to her food which will help his coat at this time. Made by Lintbells, it is called Yumega.

Naturally, if your Flattie’s coat does not recover its glossiness then I would take him to your vet. There may be an underlying problem such as an underactive thyroid, for example.


  1. My greyhounds and Lurcher pup have a cod liver oil tablet each day, and a raw egg in their dinners twice a week. Their coats are lovely!

    Of course, a high quality food and good brushing is always going to help!

    1. Christine Bailey3 February 2012 at 08:05

      Eggs are brilliant, so is salmon oil, and I product I've been using recently for my Border Collie is called Lupoderm, and it's made a big difference.

  2. Dear Mrs Bond, It sounds as though your dog may be going through a coat change at the moment (hence the combination of moulting and coat condition. We have a specific supplement used by Flatcoat owners called Yumega Dog. Its a high quality blend of golden flax oil and starflower oil proven to improve coat condition and reduce moulting. The golden flax oil provides an omega 3 called ALA which moves into the coat, improving condition and gloss in flatcoats, and the starflower provides specific omega 6 oils that nourish the hair follicles. If you'd like to read how other owners have got on using Yumega Dog, there is a reviews page on our website here:
    And if you have any other questions about your dog's coat condition, please feel free to email us at Best wishes, John Howie (Co-founder, Lintbells).

  3. Olwen Turns MAPDT -

    It does sound as if your dog is moulting, but if he is moulting a lot and it's unusual for him then it's worth having a word with your vet to make sure that there is nothing else going on, such as thyroid problems.

    If you get the all clear then the omega oils may help.