How to Treat and Avoid Dandruff on Dogs

Dogs may develop dandruff for several reasons. Typically, dogs in the winter develop dry, flaky skin which may be also itchy at times because of the lack of humidity. Some dogs develop dandruff more than others because they may lack some important oils in their skin. Others simply develop dandruff because they lack hygiene; they are not bathed or brushed as frequently as they are supposed to. Here are a few tips to follow


  • Because dandruff is a sign of flaky skin, you need to give your dog regular baths to wash away the flakes before they start to accumulate. Giving your dog a bath once a month during the winter season and twice a month in the summer time will help clear up the problem for good. Always use warm (not very hot) water to bathe your dog. Use a mild shampoo like regular baby shampoo and massage it thoroughly into his skin. Make sure that you rinse and dry well.

  • If using a regular baby shampoo does not get rid of the dandruff, try using a pet dandruff shampoo like the ones at that contains sulphur or salicylic acid. Leave the lather on for about 5 minutes to give the active ingredients time to work. Medicated shampoos are available online and in pet stores. Do not use medicated shampoos intended for humans since they can be harmful to your dog. In addition, to prevent the dandruff from getting worse, do not use shampoos that contain insecticide such as most flea shampoos. These shampoos leave your dog’s skin very dry, even those with added moisturizers. It’s best to use afoxolaner to treat dog fleas.
  • You can spray your dog’s coat with an oil rinse, available online and in pet stores.  Spraying him with an oil rinse helps lubricate the skin and lock in moisture.  This is especially important if you live in a dry climate.
  • You can also rub your dog’s coat with the same moisturizing lotion or cream that you use on your hands; this gets the moisture down really deep.
  • Regular grooming is also necessary in order to help distribute natural oils evenly over your pet’s dry skin, which helps keep dandruff down. You need to choose a brush that is not too harsh. Test the softness of the brush by rubbing it on the back of your hand to see if it hurts. If it is soft enough to use on your own head, then it is going to feel good for your dog.
  • Some generic foods do not provide the full amount of vitamins and minerals that your dog needs in order to maintain a healthy skin. Switching to a high quality name brand food will help eliminate the problem. Sometimes, dandruff occurs because dogs are not getting enough fat in their diets. You need to consult with a vet before giving your dog any kind of supplement.

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About the Author: Fred Goodson has a passion for pets and animals. He has 4 dogs and is planning to have another one. He is also a blogger who writes about pets and animals. Currently, he is living in New Jersey.

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