There are several conditions that can similarly affect humans a dogs, and dandruff is one of them. Today we’ll talk about five dog dandruff remedies that you can do to make your canine companion feel better again.
Doggie dandruff is real. You’ve probably seen the white flakes scattered around your home and your dog scratching more often than usual. If your dog has a dark coat, then it’s more obvious to see the “white specks of itchiness”. While normal, there are certain times when you may need medical opinion for your dog’s dandruff.
2 Kinds of Dog Dandruff
Dog dandruff is also known as sebborhea, and there are two kinds that have something to do with it’s underlying cause. It follows that your dog dandruff remedies will vary depending on what is causing your dog’s dandruff problem.
Primary sebborhea is when your dog is genetically predisposed to getting dandruff. It can be inherited, and is a disease characterized by defects that cause your dog’s skin to scale and flake easily.
Other potential symptoms of primary sebborhea are excessively oily skin and coat, as well as potential infections or inflammation. As a result, your dog will also be very smelly due to these build ups. The good news is that cases of this are very rare.
In this case, your dog’s dandruff is caused by another health problem. Secondary sebborhea is more of a symptom rather than the real issue, and the underlying cause should be treated to avoid recurrence of dandruff.
Some common causes for secondary sebborhea are:
- Parasites (both internal and external)
- Endocrine disorders like Cushing’s disease
- Skin infections from bacteria or yeast
- Lack of dietary supplements
- Dry skin from humidity or environmental temperature
To truly understand what’s causing your dog’s dandruff and what remedies should be done you can consult your vet. This is especially important if you’re not sure what’s causing it. For instance, if the cause is something internal, then you probably can’t see or treat it for yourself. More serious medical attention may be needed for those kinds of cases.
Dog Dandruff Remedies
Medically caused dandruff like those from allergies, parasites, infections, and/ or diseases of the endocrines can be addressed by medications. But all the other causes can be treated and prevented with these 5 dog dandruff remedies.
1. Proper Grooming
Regularly bathe, brush, and groom your dog to reduce any build-up of oils, dirt, and debris in their coat. Take note that too much of these things can also damage your dog’s coat and skin, so keep it to a proper amount. Grooming will not only relieve your dog of dandruff and its effects, but it will also help prevent another occurrence.
2. Dietary Adjustments
If your dog’s dandruff is triggered by a food allergy, obesity, or a certain nutritional deficiency, then a diet change may be in order. For food allergies, your vet can provide you with advice on how to rule out which food is causing the allergies. If you’re lucky, it’s one of the typical food allergens. If not, there will be a process of elimination to see what is causing your dog’s allergy in the first place.
As for obesity, your dog may be being fed with an imbalanced amount of nutrients. Some commercial dog food with high carbohydrate contents can cause obesity in dogs. Of course, exercise can also help bring your dog’s weight to an ideal amount.
Some dietary supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids or coconut oil can also make your dog’s skin and coat healthier. If your dog has healthy skin, then there is less chances that they will get dandruff. Dry skin is one of the most common causes of dandruff, so make sure that your dog hydrates as well.
3. Home Remedies
Giving your dog an oatmeal bath can help relieve the itchiness that dandruff and dry skin can cause. It’s actually pretty simple and can be done in a variety of ways, either as a dry rub or wet bath. And here you thought oatmeal was just for eating, huh?
Apart from oatmeal, other home remedies for dog dandruff include apple cider vinegar (1:1 mixture with water rubbed on your dog’s coat with a soft cloth) or olive oil. Coconut oil can be likewise used externally apart from internally. A lime bath can also help relieve your dog’s dandruff.
4. Dog Dandruff Shampoos
There are special dog dandruff remedy shampoos that are specially formulated for dandruff. You can use one when bathing your dog to help reduce dandruff. Do not use human shampoo on your dog, as that can damage their coat and skin and make the dandruff worse.
Of course, you’ll still have to solve the underlying cause of your dog’s dandruff as these remedies mostly just address the dandruff and not the primary cause.
5. Use a Humidifier
Dogs’ skins can get dry in low-humidity conditions, and thus cause dandruff. If you suspect that the air is making your dog prone to dandruff, then you can invest in a humidifier for seasonal dandruff. This is most common during the winter, but summer and spring can also make your dog’s skin dry.
If your dog has dandruff, it’s bound to be rough if left untreated for long. The more your dog scratches the more they are prone to injuring themselves from excessive scratching. Plus, it’s no fun to be in such a discomfort for such a long time. So try out these dog dandruff remedies to bring them quick relief.
Consult your vet to determine and treat the underlying causes of their dandruff, and continue to groom them to prevent the dandruff from coming back.
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