Skin and Coat Oil 101

Skin and Coat Oil 101

Skin and Coat Oil 101

When we released our Skin and Coat Supplement Chews, we had no idea they’d become best sellers—they’ve even sold out a few times! Since the chews received such stellar reviews, we decided to offer a similar product in a different format that may work better for some dogs: a liquid food oil. With just a few pumps daily, this nutrient-packed oil can help support your pup’s skin and coat health. 

If you're looking to support your pup's skin and coat health, it’s a great time to try a skin and coat supplement! The question is, would a daily chew or oil work better for your dog?

Chews vs. Oils

Natural Dog Company’s Skin and Coat supplements are small, salmon- and pea-flavored chews. Skin and Coat Oil, on the other hand, is a blend of liquid ingredients dispensed onto your dog’s food from a pump bottle. Both supplements are highly effective for promoting a healthy coat and skin. However, in some cases, the oil may work better for your lifestyle or preferences.

Two Boxer dogs with bottle of Skin & Coat Oil

@buffaloboxerbros are loving Skin & Coat Oil—especially Hank (on the right), who eats all of his meals when the oil is pumped on top!

Your Dog is a Picky Eater

Some dogs will eat whatever you put in front of them, while some picky pups will turn their nose up even at a candlelit four-course filet mignon dinner. If your dog has a refined palate, there’s a slim chance they won’t be into the supplement chews. However, they probably won’t notice a small squirt of Skin and Coat Oil on top of their usual meal. They may even be more excited to eat, thanks to the unique texture and added moisture this product provides to their kibble.

You and Your Pup Have a Busy Lifestyle

While the supplement chews are given to your dog separately from meals, the oil is a food topper easily incorporated into your existing feeding schedule. As humans, remembering to take our daily vitamins can be a struggle, so keeping up with your dog’s vitamins can be an added stress. Giving the topper during meals is one less item to worry about on that To-Do list.

Your Dog Has a Pea Allergy

One of the ingredients in our Skin and Coat Supplement chew is pea flour, used to maintain the chew’s consistency. While peas contain lots of healthy protein and fiber, some dogs are sensitive to this vegetable. If your dog is allergic to pea flour, then you’ll want to try the oil, as its more minimal formula is free of this ingredient.

Every Dog is Different

While the chew and the oil generally have similar effects on canine skin, they have slightly different formulas. Every dog is an individual, so some may see better results from various combinations of ingredients. Whichever formula works better for your dog, rest assured that all of our supplements are safe for all dogs, regardless of age, size, or breed.

Superior Ingredients, Superior Results

We kept our Skin and Coat Oil formula simple, with less than ten high-quality ingredients. Every element is all-natural, sustainable, and non-GMO, and each serves a purpose in this supplement:

Salmon Oil

Salmon Oil is loaded with three primary Omega-3 fatty acids. Our Salmon Oil is sustainably sourced from wild caught fish from Alaska, so you avoid farm fish with lower concentrations of nutrients compared to ours. 

Bulldog sniffing bottle of Skin and Coat Oil

Sassy appreciates the all-natural ingredients in her Skin & Coat Oil (via @sassyandrocco_bulldogs)

Flax Oil

Flaxseed oil is a plant-based powerhouse of nutrients that contribute to healthier fur, including high amounts of protein. Some of the flaxseed’s strongest skin supporters include B vitamins and vitamin E.

Chia Oil

Did you know that a dry coat looks dull because light cannot bounce off dry, rough hair follicles very well? Chia seed oil penetrates the hair shaft to soften and smooth fur, restoring your dog’s bright and shiny coat. It also restores the skin’s moisture barrier, boosting hydration to keep the skin healthy.


Biotin is a vitamin that absorbs excess fatty acid to help create healthy fur and nails. It turns the food your dog eats into energy, producing keratin—the necessary building block for coat, skin, and nails. If your dog does not have enough biotin in its diet, this can lead to hair loss, thinning hair, and even brittle nails.

Essential Nutrients

All of our superior ingredients are naturally packed with essential nutrients your dog needs. These nutrients all play a part in skin and coat maintenance, but have additional benefits as well, such as supporting the immune system.

Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA)

This type of Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that your dog must acquire through their food because their body does not make it naturally. ALA reduces skin inflammation and prevents diseases that stunt fur growth. If your dog does not get enough ALA in their diet, their skin may show irritation.

Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)

Another essential fatty acid prevalent in fish oils, EPA produces molecules known as eicosanoids that reduce inflammation. Skin inflammation causes most itching, but EPA can act as an itch-reducing ingredient.

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DPA)

This fatty acid is one of the main structural components of your dog’s skin, and a significant shortage can lead to various skin issues.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E reduces free radicals: molecules that cause oxidation in your dog’s skin and coat. The fewer free radicals there are, the stronger your dog’s skin and coat will be, leading to a thick and plush coat.

How Much Should Your Dog Take?

Skin and Coat Oil being pumped onto bowl of kibble

Skin & Coat Oil is easy to pump on top of your pup’s meals.

Skin and Coat Oil is one of the easiest ways to support your dog’s coat health—all you have to do is add a few pumps to your pup’s food bowl. The dosage depends on your dog’s weight:

  • 0-25 lbs. – 1 pump
  • 26-75 lbs. – 2 pumps
  • 75+ lbs. – 3 pumps

With about 200 pumps per bottle, you can expect the following consumption timeline based on your dog’s size:

  • 0-25 lbs. – 200 days (6-7 months)
  • 26-75 lbs. – 100 days (4-5 months)
  • 75+ lbs. – 66 days (2 months)

Is This a Cure-All?

If your dog is dealing with skin issues or showing severe redness or scabbing, make an appointment with your trusted vet. Supplements cannot treat skin infections, but they can help support coat health after a round of antibiotics!

To supply nutrients for a healthy coat, reach for this nutrient-dense food topper and help your pup rejuvenate. Don’t believe us? Here’s what real customers are saying about Skin and Coat Oil:

We gave our dog similar skin & coat chews from another company but were really interested in the liquid application of this product. It was much simpler to use directly on his food every morning rather than forget to give him the treats throughout the day. — Bill H.

Skin and Coat Oil being pumped onto bowl of kibble

Gave our pup a noticeably lusher coat ... We used to give our puppy the supplement chew version of this product, but we prefer the simplicity of just squirting a pump or two over her food each day! — Emmy A.