Dog dandruff can be caused by several things. However, one thing you can be certain of is that the flakes are unsightly. Here are a few helpful suggestions for getting rid of your dog's dandruff.
Use A Mud Bath
A mud bath is one of the best ways to exfoliate your dog's skin. It is also very easy to do. Buy some Dead Sea mud at your local beauty supply store and apply it to your dog's dampened coat. Lather it on very gently while making sure to avoid your dog's eyes and genitals. Massage the mud into your dog's coat for at least fifteen minutes. Remember to put the mud in between your dog's paws as well. Rinse your dog thoroughly with lukewarm water. Pat your dog dry.
Change Your Dog's Diet
Sometimes what your dog eats contributes significantly to dandruff development. You may want to change your dog's diet to hypoallergenic foods. You can also get books with recipes for homemade foods that help dogs with skin problems or buy food that is commercially made for dogs that are experiencing skin problems.
Just like humans, dogs can respond to stress in negative ways. If you notice that your dog's dandruff started after they had a stressful experience, then you may want to consider getting help from a dog behaviorist to assist your dog in recovering from this stressful experience. You can also do your part by providing as much love and comfort to your dog as possible.
Brush Your Dog's Coat Regularly
Brushing your dog's coat regularly helps to alleviate dandruff because it increases oil flow to the skin and removes dead skin cells. The frequency of brushing that your dog's coat requires is highly dependent on how much hair the coat contains. The heavier your dog's coat the more you will need to brush it and the lighter the coat the less you will need to brush it. Brush heavy coats at least four times per week, medium coats at least twice per week and lighter coats at least once per week.
Increase Omega-3 Intake
Make sure that your dog's food is high in omega-3 fatty acids, since this increases oil production in the skin and helps to decrease dandruff. You can also give your dog Omega-3 supplements made for dogs to help increase their skins oil production.
Dog dandruff can be unsightly but you can quickly and easily rid your dog of dandruff if you begin applying some or all of the techniques listed above. To learn more, contact a veterinarian hospital like Oakton Animal Hospital.