All dogs get dandruff at some stage in their lives. In most cases it is not a serious health problem to be concerned about, just a question of how the dog looks. You may not prevent dandruff entirely, but there are ways to control the problem and make it a little less obvious.
Dandruff mostly occurs when the dog’s skin cells naturally form, die, and flake off at a very fast rate.
Lack of regular grooming, poor diet, and old age are all factors that can contribute to making it worse and increase the rate of cell regeneration.
6 ways to control dandruff
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A dog that does not get regular grooming has a build up of dander and will obviously look dirty and full of dandruff. Wash your dog regularly and make sure to rinse out any products thoroughly to prevent any chemical burns or skin allergies. Brushing your pet will get rid of loose flakes. It will also stimulate the oil glands in the skin to release natural oils. Not to mention that it is very relaxing for your pet and will aid in stress reduction. Stress as we all know can be a huge contributing factor in any ailment.
Oatmeal or pet dandruff shampoo
These shampoos and variants of them works wonders on dandruff the same way as “head and shoulders” would on humans. Lather in a good bit and leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing off. Don’t use human head and shoulders though; it is too harsh for your pet’s skin. Buy a good quality dog conditioner and apply after the shampoo. This will make the coat wonderfully soft and silky.
A change of food to improve the diet
A diet that agrees with your dog can improve dandruff and help a shiny coat. Some diets lack in the proper oils and feeding values that is needed to maintain a healthy glowing coat. Try changing the food and observe any changes over the course of two months.
Added oils to the diet
Special dietary oils are available to add over food. They can be bought from any reputable pet provider, pet shop or veterinary clinic.
Add a little bit of fish like sardines as part of your dog’s diet. Fish can be given roughly once or twice a week on top of the already existing diet.
An environment with too low a humidity will not only dry out human skin, but also pets. If your pet loves to live in rooms like the laundry room for example, install a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
A cause for concern…
In severe cases dandruff can be caused by a form of seborrhoea in which case you will need veterinary help.
If you have tried all the above ways to control dandruff and do not get any improvement, it is time to visit your vet.