It is not only humans who get an itchy scalp and get those white, flaky, snow-like showering bits – your dogs can suffer from dandruff, too.
While it is very natural to get some skin shedding from time to time, it can come with itchiness and redness that could be irritating and inconvenient.
IS DANDRUFF NORMAL?
Our body sheds dead skin cells to make way for new and fresh skin. But over productive sebaceous glands produce too much oil and irritates the skin, causing dandruff. Dogs, like us, have two kinds of dandruff. One is dry and one is greasy or a combination of both.
Your dog might be bothered with the itchy and sore feeling that accompanies dandruff, but even if they look fine, it is best to get your dog’s skin problem diagnosed since dandruff could be caused by an underlying health problem. Some illnesses that could contribute to your dog’s dandruff problem are allergies, dry skin, mites, fungal infections, immune problems.
HOW TO SPOT DANDRUFF ON DOGS
Dandruff generally appears as white flaky stuff falling off the skin. It could be oily or dry and the skin can appear red and inflamed. Try to look at your dog’s bed and see if there are any traces of dead skin. You may also look on their face and fur along the spine to see if the skin there is affected.
When your dog itches they will try to scratch and bite their skin. Try to prevent your dog from over scratching as it may lead to a more serious wound on the skin.
Immediately visit a vet to determine what is causing your dog’s flaky itch and get preventive measures to ensure that your dog can get back to good health. The vet may advise you on a change of diet if the dandruff is caused by food allergies, or mites treatment if your dog is infested.
TIPS ON DEALING WITH YOUR DOG’S DANDRUFF
If your dog’s dandruff is not yet so severe as to take him to the vet, it is good to make observations on his behavior and health to make necessary adjustments.
1. Make sure your dog is properly hydrated. Check for signs of dehydration, panting, or lethargy. Dry skin contributes to overcompensating of the sebaceous glands that could cause dandruff.
2. Identify the products you use on your dog’s skin. You might be using harsh chemicals that irritate shampoos and soap. Check the label for unwanted ingredients and make the switch to all-natural cleansers.
3. Stop your dog from scratching himself by using medicated shampoos like Pet MD Benzoyl Peroxide Medicated Shampoo for Dogs and Cats.
The Pet MD Benzoyl Peroxide Medicated Shampoo will help in relieving the scaling and itching of your pets that can produce dandruff. It has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal action that your pet needs to treat the itchy bits on their body. This has powerful ingredients like salicylic acid that will effectively clean and disinfect your dog’s skin of any dandruff-producing fungi, as well as benzoyl peroxide that eliminates irritation-causing bacteria. The Pet MD Medicated Shampoo also moisturizes the skin as it cleans. The best part about this product is that it is paraben-free, making it completely safe for your dog.
4. Check the quality and content of your dog food. Sometimes we do not mind what we feed to our dogs as long as it is labeled dog food. But it pays to check on the label and see what is going inside your dog’s system. Choose a dog food that has no additives or fillers, preservatives, and artificial colors. If you need to change your dog’s diet, make sure to introduce the new food gradually to prevent his stomach from being upset. Coconut oil and apple cider vinegar added to your dog’s diet in small amounts could help moisturize the skin from the inside.
5. Make it a habit to brush your dog’s fur every day and massage with a lubricant spray if needed.
This video has some great tips for treating your dog’s dandruff: