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?
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.