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How to Get Rid of Dreaded Doggie Dandruff

June 11, 2018


It’s easy to detect doggie dandruff, but how do you get rid of those unsightly flakes? Thankfully there are a number of techniques that can help your dog ditch the itch. Maybe your dog’s dandruff is seasonal or is a reaction to food or other allergens? Either way, determining what’s causing the issue and making some slight changes to your routine can help!

1. Regular bathing or grooming: Making sure your dog’s coat stays clean is one way to help prevent them from getting dandruff. Overly dry skin can create dreaded dandruff for your dog. If your dog has recurring or persistent dandruff, there are certain shampoos that can help with this. There are medical shampoos, moisture inducing shampoos, and even mud baths which act as an exfoliating treatment.

2. In addition to shampooing your dog, it is important to brush them regularly. Not only does brushing help with knots and matting, but also helps remove the dead skin and can increase oil production to keep dandruff away. Brushing your dog weekly can really make a difference.

3. Your dog’s diet could also be contributing to their dandruff and skin conditions. It is important to ask your veterinarian if she suspects food allergies or sensitivities are the reason your dog has dandruff. According to, the top 7 food allergies for dogs are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb/mutton, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish. There are, however, many food options that your vet can recommend to help.

4. Some dogs even get dandruff when they are stressed! While there is no shampoo or quick fix for this one, lessening your dog’s stress is the only way to combat this.

5. In some dandruff cases, supplements are needed. Fatty acids can help bring much needed oil into your dog’s skin as well as decrease the presence of dandruff. Many dogs benefits from Omega-3 supplements. Of course, prior to starting your dog on any supplements, consult with your vet.

If one of these techniques on it’s own doesn’t work, don’t get discouraged. You can try another one. Your dog may even need a combination of a few different methods. If your dog’s dandruff is still persistent, make sure to check with your vet to determine the true cause. We hope these tips will help you get rid of your dog’s dandruff once and for all!