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DOG DANDRUFF – COMMON CAUSES AND TREATMENT

Dog dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by greasy, oily or dry white flakes that fall from the dog’s coat. Dog dandruff can be mild, moderate to severe and may be frequent and ongoing or intermittent.

It is often caused by allergies, harsh brushing or using the wrong tools, environmental conditions or food allergies.

Dandruff can affect any part of your dog’s body but commonly occurs on the back, scalp, ears and mouth.

HOW TO HELP PREVENT DANDRUFF IN DOGS?

Seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff can be prevented by providing a healthy and balanced diet. A diet high in essential fatty acids such as omega 3 fatty acids is essential. This will help to strengthen the skins natural barrier and prevent the skin from drying out. It will also support the immune system and regulate the oil production for the hair and skin. This will create a healthy, shiny coat and will support shedding as well.

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If the dandruff is severe and does not respond to a change in diet or adding omega 3 fatty acids such as linseed oil to the dog’s food, there is the possibility that dry flaky skin is due to a systemic condition such as hypothyroidism, adrenal disease or diabetes, that should not be ignored.

When you take your dog to the vet the doctor can conduct a full physical exam, take a culture of the skin flakes, and perform other tests to make sure there is no other underlying health concern. Once fully diagnosed, there are several treatments available from prescription meds to homeopathic remedies.

Written by Darrall Clifford
Equine hoof-care and biomechanical specialist

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