You must have noticed those white flakes on your collar and shoulders, which are slightly embarrassing but easily treatable. However, humans are not the only ones who get dandruff; dogs can have it too. Although it is not embarrassing for them, it can be irritating and can cause skin problems.
Here are a few quick and easy tips to prevent and treat your dog’s dandruff:
Bathing and Grooming
Bathing and grooming are essential for preventing and treating dandruff. You should readily brush your pet as it helps promote oil production and keeps the hair and skin healthy. Brushing also aids in distributing the oils throughout the hair, which helps in eliminating hair contaminants.
Bathing is as essential as brushing; however, make sure you are not bathing your dog too often. The frequency of your giving a bath to your dog should depend upon the severeness of dandruff. If the dandruff is extreme, consult a vet and start using a medical shampoo.
The diet you give to your dog also plays a vital role in skin health. If your dog has more than usual dandruff, you might need to reconsider the diet you are providing to him. The nutritional composition of your dog’s diet is vital; check if you are adding enough fatty acids to the food. If your dog is deficient in fatty acids, add omega-3 fatty acid supplements in his diet. Also, your dog should have constant access to fresh, drinking water.
In some cases, dandruff can also occur due to food allergies in the existing diet you provide to your dog. If you are not sure about it, try giving him his food for a few days and check on his dandruff. If dandruff persists, the diet might not be the cause, but if it reduces, you might need to look for replacements.
Whether it is your skin or your dog’s, running a humidifier in your home during winter is always beneficial. A humidifier increases the moisture in the air, which prevents the skin from drying out, thereby reducing the chances of dandruff. You can place the humidifier where your dog sleeps or where he likes spending most of his time.
Some holistic pet care stores or pet spas offer special oils made to soothe dog skin. They reduce skin dryness and reduce moisture balance, which helps eliminate or reduce the dandruff flakes. If spritzers are not available, you can use moisturizing natural hand cream as well.
Some Natural Remedies
Apart from the cures mentioned above, you can use some natural remedies as well. These methods can be used if dandruff is not severe. Post application, if you notice any skin irritation, stop the use and consult a vet. That being said, some natural remedies for curing and preventing dandruff in dogs are:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
- Lime Juice Rinse
- Milk of Magnesia
Some common causes of dandruff in dogs are:
- Cheyletiella Mites
- Inherited Conditions
- Endocrine Conditions
Dog dandruff is common and every dog suffers from it at some point in his life. Fortunately, there are several ways to treat dandruff, ranging from shampoos and spritzers to natural treatments. However, if the dandruff is adverse and does not go away from the above remedies, consult a vet.