Your little black dog jumps up in your lap and you start to pet them, scratching behind their ears. You look down and notice their fur is filled with white flakes which have sprinkled down on to your lap and chair, too. Dog dandruff is common, but not necessary.
A dog gets dandruff for exactly the same reason we do. Our skin is always in the process of replacing itself, and when the dead skin releases with do get flakes. The biggest difference between a dog with visible dandruff, and one you never notice, is the size and frequency of the flakes.
Think about the skin on your own legs or arms for a moment. When your skin is moisturized and well cared for it looks smooth and feels soft. When it becomes to dry it begin to look whitish, sometimes looks a little bit scaly, and leaves behind white marks if you lightly scratch it.
Your dog’s skin is very similar. When their skin becomes too dry it begin to flake in larger sizes, it is easier to rub off, and suddenly your dog is causing a snow storm on your lap.
There are many ways to treat dog dandruff and the most effective way may not be running to the store for a dog dandruff shampoo.
The first thing should consider is your dog’s diet. It it is primarily filled with dry dog food and water, he is probably not getting enough fats in his diet. His skin is flaky because it can not produce enough natural moisturizer. Try adding some canned dog food to his diet and see if the problem begins to clear up. You may want to consider using a vitamin E oil in their diet, also.
While a dog dandruff shampoo can be very effective, it may not be needed. Start off by shampooing your dog more frequently. Start off by trying twice a week and see if the problem clears up. You can bathe your dog more often if necessary, using a gentle shampoo. Often after only a few weeks the condition corrects itself and you can go back to a normal bathing schedule.
If you choose to use a dandruff shampoo pay very careful attention to the directions. Most dandruff shampoos are limited on how often you should use them. Some only recommend once a week, some are a little more frequent. Dandruff shampoos often contain medications to help the dandruff, and if used too often can be irritating instead of helpful.
Avoid trying your own shampoos to attempt to remedy dog dandruff. While dandruff is similar, the dog’s fur and your hair are quite different. Use only shampoos designed to keep their fur clean without overly stripping it, or damaging their underlying skin.
If the dandruff is persistent, then it is time to visit with your vet. It may be the root cause is caused by mites, a skin disease, or other underlying cause. Your vet will be able to give you the proper advice. You may always see a little dog dandruff, but when your pet is producing high amounts of dandruff get busy and take care of your pet’s skin. They will appreciate less need for scratching, and you will enjoy less cleanup.