Recently our advice lines and show team have received a huge amount of calls and visits from customers asking how can I improve my dog’s coat and pigmentation?

With winter just around the corner now is often the time coat condition suffers due to the weather and pigmentation can also reduce due to the lack of sunlight. Here are some tips and ideas on how we can help improve these problems naturally.

Coat Growth and Condition

There are a number of products to improve coat condition, depending on what is required and the type of coat the breed may have.

Keeper’s Mix® is always our first recommendation as it’s an all-round supplement that when given daily maintains a strong healthy thick coat and is particularly popular for gundogs and rough coated terriers, but can also improve any type of coat. Consisting of just 8 different herbs and nothing else added, this combination makes sure your dog is getting everything he needs! Click here to find out more about our all round everyday health supplement.

Omega Star®This combination of high grade UK grown natural plant oils, provides high doses of essential Omega 3 & 6’s which helps the skin’s moisture barrier, improves coat growth and produces beautiful quality of coat.

This combination of  Keeper’s Mix® and Omega Star® have now become firm essentials for many top winning dogs.  When these two products are used together they have great effect and are especially useful if your dog is coming back from a recent season or from a period of losing condition such as post whelping. Both products are fantastic used together with the heavily coated breeds which have longer softer coats.


A drop in pigmentation may occur on the nose, eyes and mouth during the winter months and also in bitches following a season or pregnancy. This fading is generally considered to be due to a shortage of minerals, particularly iodine and iron.Our Elderberry & Nettle Extract is specifically formulated to assist with this issue as it has high natural levels of both these minerals and is also the fastest route to regaining pigmentation. It is added to the feed daily and can be given at any time of year and with any feeding regime without affecting the dietary balance.


Alternatively Kelp Seaweed Tablets, or Powder, may be used as these contain all the minerals and trace elements required by the body, including high iodine and iron content. Many people find it useful to give Kelp from autumn through to spring to help prevent a drop in pigment. Often many owners have found that using Elderberry & Nettle Extract initially to regain the pigment is best and then to swap to Kelp Seaweed Tablets, or Powder to maintain the pigment is a very useful way of managing the problem.

It is necessary to give either product for a minimum of one month to enhance pigmentation that has been lost although it may take two or more months for it to be completely restored.

Don’t forget you can contact Dorwest on 01308 897272 for advice on treatment for your dog.


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