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Dandruff and Pets – What You Need To Know

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
5 years ago

Close up shot of canine dandruff

Both dogs and cats can have dandruff,also known as seborrhea.Although dandruff is not visually appealing, it alone is not often a serious condition. Essentially, dandruff is an indicator your dog or cat’s skin is dry. Your dog or cat may have flaky skin, where you may notice small pieces of dry skin when you groom your pet.

However, dandruff can be a sign of other skin or internal issues, so it is important to have your pet examined by a veterinarian to ensure it is only dry skin and not caused by another underlying condition.

Conditions that can cause cat and dog dandruff:

  • Sunburn
  • Parasites such as ringworm, ticks or mites
  • Bites from fleas, lice and mites
  • Allergy to food, grooming product, carpet, etc.
  • Thyroid issues

Dandruff can also present itself in two different forms: oily and dry. Here is a list of dog breeds that are prone to oily or dry dandruff.

Dog breeds prone to oily dandruff:

  • Basset Hounds
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • English Springer Spaniels
  • Labrador Retreivers
  • Sharp-Peis
  • West Highland White Terriers

Dog breeds prone to dry dandruff:

  • Dachshunds
  • Dobermans
  • German Shepherds
  • Irish Setters

Tips for relieving pet dandruff:

  • Groom your pet – brushing you pet on a daily basis is extremely important to the health of your pet. Brushing your pet not only makes your pet feel better but it also assists in distributing the natural oils in your pet’s skin throughout her coat. Be certain to choose the brush right for your pet. Choosing a brush which is not suited to your pet may do more harm than good.
  • Give your pet a bath – this may also assist in reducing or eliminating dandruff. Search for a moisturizing pet shampoo and conditioner to soothe your pet’s skin. You may also want to search for products specifically designed to reduce or eliminate dandruff. While regular baths are important, be certain not to give your pet too many baths. Over-bathing your pet can cause medical problems due to a change in the pH of your pet’s skin.
  • Feed a well-balanced diet – assists with dandruff as well. Pets require a certain amount of fat in their diet to maintain healthy skin and coat. Switching to a high quality pet food and/or supplementing their diet with necessary oils may help their skin.

Here are some of our favorite home-remedies for dog dandruff and cat dandruff:

  • Homemade Oatmeal Shampoo
  • Coconut Oil Massage
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Astringent
  • Lime Juice Rinse

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