Yorkie With a Greasy Coat

Supplements and specialty shampoos can help de-grease an oily dog coat.


Q. I have a 5-year-old Yorkshire Terrier that has a very oily coat. I can bathe her and two days later her coat is oily again. I have tried every kind of shampoo there is for oily hair and have even tried bathing her in dish soap, recommended by a vet dermatologist. Nothing seems to help. Is this a normal condition for some dogs, or is there something going on in her body that I am not aware of? She does have thyroid problems and is on thyroid medication. Could that cause it?

A. The skin and coat of your dog provide clues to her health. Since she has thyroid problems and is on a medication for them, her symptoms should eventually resolve themselves but she will need periodic blood tests to check how she is responding and adjust her dosage if need be. It’s the thyroid condition, not the medication, that makes her greasy, and she probably has some flaking too.

It is somewhat unusual for such a young dog to exhibit this problem. In addition to her meds, try a dietary change and offer some supplements as well. We have seen dramatic changes in skin, coat, and vitality after owners adjusted their dogs’ diets. Consult with your vet to find a food that may be suitable for your pet. She may also benefit from supplements. Omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and salmon oil can work wonders for dogs with skin and coat problems.

As to a shampoo to get rid of that grease, I think the dish detergent might make matters worse for your dog. Household products are usually too harsh for use on dogs. In the salon, we use a de-greasing shampoo with the consistency of cold cream that comes in a jar. It is so safe and effective that I have used it on a Poodle puppy that had motor oil spilled on him. It is even used by wildlife rescuers on animals after oil spills.


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Nancy   Cusseta, Alabama

11/5/2015 7:53:12 PM

My male yorkie has only started having a greasy coat after being neutered.

That is the only change. Could his greasy hair be a result of being neutered?

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GodLovesDogs   Toms River, NJ

7/21/2014 11:04:07 AM

Dr Andrews, a veterinarian in Canada, creates his own product called Four Paws. It is a powder supplement that goes onto their food- and they love it. This all natural supplement Reverses many conditions in dogs...I have had many dogs and Four Paws was astounding at what it did for them. My guess for Oily Coats, is to use Four Paws (NOT the USA company of the same name) to stabilze nutritional deficiencies, then test foods. There is a product called Angel Eyes that gets rid of the darkness that comes around digs eyes. It is dessicated liver. When I was using Four Paws, Angel Eyes, and an organic all protein dog food (no vegetables) my yorkies coat was fabulous: no unseemly grease. After 2 weeks I did not need a degreasing shampoo. The oatmeal shampoo or other shampoos for delicate skin (Yorkies have only one layer of hair like humans) worked beautifully. The best shampoo- after he was stabilized on 4 Paws Angel Eyes and Organic all meat food, was my very expensive for blonde only treated hair shampoo and conditioner. He shone so bright and soft and silky without grease. A bath lasted more than 2 weeks. Four Paws was $40 for 6 month supply. Angel Eyes was $30 for a month. Shampoo was $45 conditioner $35. Food was 2-3x the price of grocery store. IAMs and the brand Royal Canine for Yorkies were expensive, not organic and did not help. A little more money for all protein (no by-products and beef/steak worked better than chicken or
all organic was well worth it. With all of the above inplace his coat was beautiful shiney and soft, and his energy and brightness of personality came zooming back.

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Anna   Tacoma, WA

5/11/2012 3:01:55 PM

I have toy Australian Shepherd who's coat gets a bit oily. The shampoo I use is orange base, which helps with fleas, totally terminates fleas. It staves off the oiliness for at least a month. It's called Le Pooch F&T Degreaser. It's spendy, but worth it. You mix one part with 2 parts parts water- so it goes a little further. I'd buy 2 or 3 bottles at one time to save on shipping. Here's the
http://www.lespoochs.com/shampooDetail. asp?inpItemCode=ST%25

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Gina   Philadelphia, PA

3/16/2012 10:25:33 AM

I think greasy coat is related to the food dogs eat. I have a terrier-mix and we used to give him grocery store food, then we switched to Natural Balance Ultra. The difference in his coat is like night and day – he really looks great and it seems like he is happier on this food. Dogs are what they eat, just like people.

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