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Old 10-19-2010, 01:51 AM
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I've been a Chi Mom for only a few weeks. My Paco was adopted from a shelter. Can't help but notice how dull his coat is and I'm not sure what to do about it. He's been on Missing Link since the day I adopted him and it has always given my other dogs beautiful, shiny coats. Not Paco. Is there something else I should be doing?
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:07 AM
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I dont know Missing Link food myself, but usually dull, lifeless coat is down to poor diet or possibly parasites (worms!) - I'd personally offer a fish oil supplement and make sure he's on a high-quality food or even consider switching to a Raw diet.

There are loads of helpful threads in the Diet and Nutrition section
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Yeah i would think it could be the food.
Havent heard of Missing link either.
Check out dogfoodanlysis site there are some good foods mentioned on there.
I also give mine a squirt of salmon oil each day on their food. x
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Missing link is good but what kind of food is he on? You may have to change the food in addition to adding the missing link. Also remember that you've only had him a couple of weeks. It takes time for the body to recover from bad nutrition and to lose the old, dry coat and develop a nice new shiny coat.
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Paco is on the same food my Westie eats, Purina Veterinary Diet - Dental Health. He's been Vet checked (he's healthy)and has been wormed. Missing Link is a supplement used for a lot of things including healthy skin and coat. Yes, these these things do take time but I've had him about six weeks. Just feel I should be seeing some improvement by now. I wasn't aware of the Diet and Nurition section here. Will certainly check it out. Fish oil is a great idea too. Thanks!
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What you feed shows on the outside is 100% true

I feed my boys Acana and they get Evening Primrose Oil for dogs every day, people always comment on how healthy my dogs look and what shiney coats they have.

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Purina is a low rated food I'm afraid which will be the problem!! Have a look around in the nutrition section and see what others feed

I feed prey model raw
Kibble wise your best bet is orijen or acana
Even better would be a dehydrated raw like ziwipeak or the honest kitchen

You'll see a dramatic difference if you put him on a better food
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Those dental diets are a big bunch of hooey anyway, hun Could you stomach giving him a RAW chicken wing/bone 2-3 times a week? This *REALLY* helped with dental issues with my chis.

As far as diet goes, please get him off that awful food...I don't want to sound dramatic but foods like that are basically "garbage" and even can contain people's euthanized pets. The thought of it makes me sick :-/

I would find a specialty pet store in your area and see if you can get your hands on Innova, Fromm (fourstarnutritionals.com), Acana or Orijen if kibble is what you are comfortable with. These foods are a bit richer and MUCH healthier than what you are currently feeding and will help a ton. You might be surprised that the price tag is a bit higher but you 1) feed less of the good foods and 2) the health benefits are unparalleled.

If you really want to go for the "ultimate" dog food, try Ziwipeak or The Honest Kitchen -- both are quite expensive, although I would imagine it's not too big of a deal for one chihuahua.

I would also add a salmon oil to his diet as others have mentioned -- this will really improve coat a lot. Petco has a salmon oil they sell or you can find them online.

The missing link is a decent supplement but it MUST be used in conjunction with a quality diet. If you ask me, though, it is overpriced. When you feed a good diet, you really don't need that much of a supplement.
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