How can dog food help give my pet a shiny coat? Is it just due to oils within the food?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Fatty acids are dog food ingredients that can help to promote a shiny, healthier coat. Omega-3s, derived from fish and some plants, form one group of fatty acids commonly found in quality dog foods. These oils do not cause inflammation, as some other fats can. In fact, studies show that omega-3s may improve cardiovascular function while conferring other health benefits. Your dog can therefore not only look great but also feel great too.
Fatty acids, however, aren't the only dog food ingredients that can help maintain your dog's coat. Vitamins A, E, C and B2 also support your dog's skin and coat, contributing to lush fur. Biotin, zinc and copper additionally promote coat health. Copper, for example, helps your dog to better metabolize fats and proteins, ensuring that all those omega-3 fatty acids are put to good use.