How to Get Rid of Dog Dandruff
If you’ve ever had a dog with dandruff, you know how difficult it can be to get rid of it, especially if your dog has a thick coat. You also know how yucky it is and how uncomfortable it can make your doggy. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help get rid of that yucky dandruff and rid your pooch of those annoying and itchy flakes.
Tip #1: Before thinking about the dandruff that’s on the outside of your dog’s body, think about what you are putting inside your dog’s body. Look at the labels on your dog’s food and see if there’s anything that may be causing him or her to have dry or irritated skin. Curing your dog’s dandruff problem may be as simple as a change in diet. If your dog is only on dry food, try integrating some canned food into the diet so that there is more liquid in the diet. Also, check to make sure your doggy is drinking enough water throughout the day. You can also talk to your vet or go to your local pet store and look for foods specifically designed for doggy dandruff. There may be a lack in vitamins causing the problem that a diet change can easily fix.
Tip #2: Give your doggy a bath on a regular basis. Since dandruff is dead skin, and a bath helps slough off dead skin, a bath will help slough off those old skin cells and rid the body of excess oils which may be contributing to the problem. Try a doggy dandruff shampoo, or if you can’t find one, a bottle of human dandruff shampoo may also work. Just be sure to check the label and make sure there are no harmful chemicals your doggy may ingest by licking the fur.
Tip #3: After bath time, give your doggy a good brushing. Try a slicker brush (used for horses) and see if that helps. Not only does it slough off excess dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new healthy ones, it also untangles the hair, makes the coat shinier, and helps with the shedding that causes all those annoying doggy hairs that show up around the house and clog up the vacuum cleaner.
Your dog does not have to live with dandruff. There are things you can do to ease the itching that it frequently causes and make your puppy look prettier. Do all of these things together and you may find that the problem is eradicated all together.