5 Easy Steps to Prevent Dog Dandruff
22 October, 2013
Our dog’s can sometimes develop skin rashes, irritations or even dog dandruff. While this is not something that will hurt your dog it is ugly, uncomfortable and can even aggravate pet allergies in both humans and dogs. There are ways to treat and prevent your dog’s dandruff, which will make your dog’s coat healthy and shiny once again.
1. Feed your dog a good, high- quality diet
Feed your dog a high-quality, balanced diet. Dogs can develop dandruff if there is not enough fat in their diet. But the fat should come in healthy forms, such as oils, quality proteins and certain vegetables. Consult your veterinarian about what diet best suits your dog. Typically, organic foods free of artificial flavors and preservatives work well in preventing dandruff because they are free of potentially harmful additives.
2. Fatty supplements can help with dog dandruff
Give your dog fatty acid supplements. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements add oil to your dog’s coat, as well as provide protection against allergies by forming a barrier between the dog’s coat and skin. Sometimes your dog’s allergies will cause dry skin and, ultimately, dandruff. Dandruff in your pet is often caused by poor diet, which can result in a deficiency of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids that would normally keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. Dandruff can occasionally be a symptom of other conditions that cause flaking and itching, such as fleas, mites, mange, yeast infections or ringworm. If you think that your pet’s dandruff is caused by one of these conditions, consult a veterinarian.
3. Wash your dog only once a month
Wash your dog no more than once a month. Over-bathing can cause a dog’s skin to become dry as it strips away the dog’s essential skin oils. Use an oatmeal shampoo when bathing and follow up with a conditioner. Allow your dog to dry naturally (outside, if possible) and avoid using a hair dryer. When you do wash your dog, you should never use a human shampoo as this can change the pH balance of your dog’s fur and aggravate dryness.
4. Use a daily conditioning spray to your dog’s coat
Make sure to apply a dog conditioning spray daily. The spray will provide a soothing effect for dry, itchy skin and will rehydrate the skin with moisturizers. Use tea tree oil spray on your dog’s coat regularly if the dandruff is severe. Rub it deeply into the skin for extra conditioning.
5. Brush you dog’s coat daily
Brush your dog’s hair daily with a soft brush. Brushing your dog’s coat will distribute the oils throughout the skin and prevent dandruff. Choose a relatively soft brush and test its softness by rubbing your hand with the bristles. Generally, what is comfortable to you will be comfortable for your dog. Harsh brushes may irritate your dog’s skin, causing discomfort. You should try to brush your cat or dog’s coat regularly with a soft brush to ensure healthy skin for your pup.
If none of the above helps, you should take your dog to the vet for a check up because there might be an underlying issue or medical condition that is causing the dandruff. Good luck!