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    After all the wonderful input from my other post, I would like to pick brains out there to see if any of you have had good luck growing coat with any type of supplements. I have one client with a mini poodle and then another with a cocker she wants to show. They are both on high quality diets, and their coats are nice, they just need to grow some more coat. One is 18 months and the other is about 3 years I think. I have used Inflight and I have heard Show Stopper is nice. So any suggestions? I appreciate any help!!
    Shannon

  • #2
    I've been told that if you bath and brush dry them weekly that helps stimulate the coat to grow.

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    • #3
      As a supplement, I like The Missing Link. As far as growing coat, some of it is hereditary, and some of it is poor brushing skills. The coat is growing, but too much hard brushing breaks it off at the ends, so it appears that the coat isn't growing as fast. Ever wonder why those poor dogs that never see a brush or comb always seem to have sooo much coat? Keeping the coat clean helps too as long as you're not doing damage in the drying process. The ends of the coat need TLC.
      Old groomers never die, they just go at a slower clip.

      Groom on!!!

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      • #4
        i'm no show groomer but i have seen some amazing results from Missing Link as well, for quality of coat...also i did talk to a show groomer who recommended using a pin brush on a poodle coat, because it didn't break the hair. However i was working on a younger poodle that was changing coat so i don't know if that suggestion was for only that type of hair... I've also heard the Term "water the coat" (to make it grow faster?) but i don't know what it means...
        sorry i cant be more help.

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        • #5
          I for My dogs use Nupro. They offer 3 differnet formulas. Normal, Hip and Joint and Electrolite for dogs that work in the heat.

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          • #6
            I've had great result for IN, Missing Link. I've recently tried Nuvet Labs wafers for a client and have been happy with the change in his coat and skin so far but it has only been 10 days.

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            • #7
              The health of the skin and coat depends alot of the overall diet and proper nutrients (mainly fatty acids). Finding a food that has the correct ratio of O3 & O6 fatty acids is key to coat and skin health as long as all the other nutrients are present, in the proper balance, that meets your dogs requirements.
              I, personally, feel that a good food (even some of the "best") lack sufficent fatty acids. By adding Salmon oil (either liquid or capsule) daily does wonders for skin and coat. However, as another mentioned, genetics plays a huge role in abundance of coat. There's NO supplement that can make hair growth that (genetically) is not there.
              Another thing to keep in mind is the pets overall health. Thyroid and adrenal gland issues can affect the coat.

              You can purchase Salmon and fish oil capsule at a resonable price at health food stores. I would also include a vit E and vit c as well when supplementing with "oils" (fats).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KarlaSnyder View Post
                Keeping the coat clean helps too as long as you're not doing damage in the drying process. The ends of the coat need TLC.
                I neglected to mention that when you bath the poodle once a week, you want to condition the coat (and I add a couple of drops of coat oil to the conditioner).

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                • #9
                  Solid Gold Sea Meal

                  About 30 years ago, a pro show dog handler from Wales advised me to buy organ meats, boil them (seasoned w/ garlic). Chop this up and add to kibble. The results are amazing as far as coat condition. On GSP's, the liver patches shine like patent leather, and that's with no coat spay, silk, or anything applied to the coat.

                  Overall health and nutrition, I add Dermatrix and Solid Gold Sea Meal to the diet. Sea Meal contains all trace elements, which no food contains.

                  Scissnsuds

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                  • #10
                    Missing Link or MirraCoat Plus w/Zinc (if you can find it) But if the genetics and coat care aren't there it ain't gonna happen.

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                    • #11
                      I recently had a shitzu that was bald from allergies and scratching. I put him on NuVet Plus 6 weeks ago and he now has a coat that is about 3 inches long or more and he is not itching as bad. I also have my standard poodle pup on it and her coat is in great shape and growing like a weed. You should check out their website. NuVetplus.com. Good Luck

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