The secret of the Otterhound’s sticky coat

Dog owner question

"Hi! My Otterhound Dog, named Murphy, has a very sticky coat. Even the toughest brushes and combs cannot remove the stickiness. Nothing out of the ordinary has happened to him recently and his bathing routine is normal. What could be the cause of the stickiness?"

Veterinarian's answer

"Dear Owner, these dogs' coats are basically oily and waterproof. This helps them in their job, which was originally hunting otters in a wet environment.

If, however, you find that Murphy's coat is too sticky or greasy, you may want to take a closer look!

One possible cause is that Murphy is not getting the nutrients he needs during his meals, which could be affecting the quality of his coat.

A balanced diet, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, is important for maintaining a healthy skin and coat!

On the other hand, excessive stickiness can also be a sign of skin infection or inflammation. In cases of dermatitis or other skin problems, the skin produces excessive amounts of sebum, which causes stickiness in the coat.

I recommend that you see a vet in person to examine Murphy. He will be able to determine the cause of the sticky coat!

The vet can give advice on proper nutrition and treat skin problems if necessary."

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