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What does your dog's coat mean for its health?

Published: Jun 29, 2012

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You may sit and admire the beauty of your dog's coat, whether you have a radiant golden retriever or a poodle covered with curly locks. While dog breeds have different coats, there are certain aspects of a dog's coat that indicate its well-being, according to the Times Herald Record. Here's what to look for next time you are petting your canine companion.

If your dog's coat is healthy, shiny and soft, it usually is a sign of good health. The opposite is also true - coarse, dry hair may indicate a lack of certain nutrients in your dog's diet, skin problems or an internal illness such as Cushing's disease in dogs, the news outlet reports. If you are concerned about the state of your dog's coat, discuss it with your vet. You may be able to solve the problem at home by additional dog grooming or adding more fatty acids into your dog's diet, but you also might need to get the dog treatment for a skin infection or allergies in dogs.

If you have noticed your dog itching or there are small scabs present on the skin, these may be further indicators that something is wrong. A coarse or dull coat can also indicate a thyroid or adrenal gland malfunction that needs veterinary attention. So, if you notice your dog's coat looks less radiant than normal, make an appointment at the vet rather than the groomer. 


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.