Relief For The Top 3 Skin Issues That Trouble Your Dog - Part 3: A Dull Coat

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Did you know that skin problems are the primary reason most people make an veterinary appointment for their dog? You may be surprised but we’re not, because that is exactly why we at Petology do what we do! As professional pet care scientists, we designed our Petology formulas around the unique biological grooming needs of your dog.

We’d thought we’d take an in-depth look at the most common skin issues affecting dogs while also giving you our expertise on which of our specialized Petology skin-care formulas can help with relief and treatment.

Today is the final blog on our three-part skin-related canine blog series. In Part Three we’re focusing on dull coats, but be sure to check out Part One where we addressed itchy skin, and Part Two where we looked at dry skin/dandruff.

Dull Coats

You might start to notice that your dog’s coat is dull, dry, rough, and lifeless instead of vibrant, moisturized, soft, and shiny. A dull coat is the sign that something is off-balance. In mammals, the skin is the largest organ of the body and all of us (humans included) need to be making sure that what we’re putting into our bodies has the right nutrients to healthily maintain our skin. Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated is of utmost importance. And since it’s not likely that your pooch has caught on to the trend of carrying around brightly colored aluminium water bottles everywhere, you might want to consider some nutritional supplements that can improve skin health, like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids aren’t made in the body and are often sourced from fish oil, but they play a big and important role in protecting the integrity of the skin and preventing water loss. If you don’t want to deal with supplements or vitamins, there are also several natural dog food brands that fortify their product with these essential fatty acids.

In addition to addressing a dull coat internally, you can also do a lot to promote a healthy coat externally. Proper grooming, brushing, and washing are all more critical than you think. And while we understand that it takes time and money, it’s so important to stay on top of a good grooming regimen. Again, here’s where we got you covered!


Petology has two great products created with the health of your dog’s coat in mind:

  • The Keratin Fortifying Shampoo/Conditioner is a gentle, natural, and sulfate-free cleansing formula which combines keratin, and natural cleansers to strengthen and seriously moisturize your dog’s skin and coat. Our Keratin formula is also packed with powerful amino acids that work to support healthy cell growth so that your dog’s skin and coat is repaired, moisturized, and strengthened.
  • The Vibrant Whitening Shampoo is an advanced breakthrough. Our proprietary sulfate-free formula gently cleanses while leaving your dog’s coat illuminated, softened, and shiny. Formulated with lemon oil, this shampoo will energize, brighten, and stimulate the skin to promote healthy hair growth. In-between washes we recommend the Vibrant Whitening Daily Spray which acts as a leave-in conditioner to refresh, moisturize, and brighten your dog’s coat while also providing superior coat management to ease during brushing and combing.

Again, While typical rule of thumb is washing your dog once or twice a month, don’t be afraid to wash more often when you’re treating a skin condition. Your dog’s skin needs moisture and all our products are specially formulated with your dog’s skin in mind. In fact, all Petology® formulas include the following:

  • NaturShine®: Petology's® patent canine sebum substitute keeps the skin pH balanced, forms a protective barrier for healthier skin and provides brilliant shine for beautiful coats.
  • Vitacon: a patented vitamin complex of A, B-12, D, E, Green Tea and Chamomile that provides outstanding benefits to your dog’s skin.
  • PMC (Plant Moisturizing Complex): a natural, plant-derived compound that provides instant, deep hydration and generates a moisture reservoir that lasts for up to 72 hours.

Don’t forget that all Petology products are compatible with flea and tick treatments. And again, we can’t reiterate enough that you are the gatekeeper to your dog’s health. While we addressed itchy skin, dry skin, and dull coats in our three-part blog series, the are also many underlying (and more serious) causes for skin issues in dogs. If you don’t see improvement to your dog’s skin and hair with a proper nutrition and an enhanced grooming regimen, go see your veterinarian for diagnosis and a treatment plan. Successful management of skin in your dog is a collaborative effort between you and your veterinarian.


* The articles and information on the Petology Blog are presented for informational purposes only and are not intended as an endorsement of any product. The content offers the reader information and opinions written by our staff, guest authors, and/or veterinarians concerning animal health issues and animal care products. The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian.




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