Dandruff—just as it can happen to humans, it can happen to dogs. As their skin dries out, skin cells fall off. Often, these cells clump together into larger, white flakes. Not only is it embarrassing, it’s uncomfortable. It itches, it gets all over everything, and having dandruff is just an all-around unpleasant experience for both the dog and his owner. Not all shampoos can fix this problem, though; in fact, some shampoos can make it worse.
What Causes Dandruff in Dogs?
As with any condition, the key to treating dandruff begins with finding the root cause. The simple explanation is that dandruff comers from dry skin. That dry skin condition, however, can come from one of several different causes.
The reason could be as simple as the climate in which the dog lives. Dry climates, or even homes with little moisture can cause your dog’s skin to dry out and flake off. Keeping the dog hydrated by providing ready access to water might be all it takes to help it clear up. Using a shampoo with moisturizing ingredients can also work wonders.
Depending on your dog, bathing him either too often or too infrequently can each lead to dry skin. The routine you should follow in your specific case can vary by breed, and even in individual dogs within a single breed. Experiment and develop a bathing routine on your dog’s needs.
There are several different brands of pet shampoo on the market, and not all are created equal. Many shampoos have dyes, fragrances, and other chemicals, each of which could be reacting poorly with your dog’s skin and causing it to dry out or become irritated.
These medical conditions can range from simple allergies to thyroid conditions to bacterial or fungal skin infections. If you treat the underlying condition, then hopefully the dandruff should clear up on its own. Make sure to contact your veterinarian for health issues that could be harmful to the dog’s health.
Helpful Ingredients for Dandruff
So aside from not making the dandruff worse, what sorts of ingredients does Nature’s Remedies contain to actual help treat dandruff? Ingredients that specifically address some of the root causes of dandruff, including dryness or flea and tick infestation, go a long way in both treating and preventing dandruff in your dog.
Within a dandruff shampoo for dogs, olive oil can work wonders as a moisturizer for your dog’s skin. While bathing your dog too often can actually wash away the natural oils that protect the skin from drying out, using a shampoo that includes olive oil can help to counteract that problem. The oil will revitalize and moisturize the skin and help prevent the itching and flaking that comes with dandruff.
Grapeseed oil is a good carrier oil when it comes to treating infestations from fleas and ticks. Additionally, it helps to moisturize your dog’s skin, particularly the paws, keeping them from drying out and cracking.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, which can help cut down on skin infections. By decreasing infections, it also prevents inflammation and irritation, both of which can dry out the skin and cause itchiness and flaking. It also does great work in removing fleas and ticks, keeping the skin that much healthier.
Lavender oil is yet another antiparasitic defense. It kills fleas, leaving your dog free to heal and recover from the infestation. Also, because he won’t be quite as prone to scratch with the fleas gone, the dandruff should improve that much faster. Lavender oil also provides a piney, floral scent that is not overpowering.
Once the dandruff is gone, it’s important to ensure that it stays that way. A few simple tasks can lower the chances that the dandruff will return. Keeping water readily available for your dog, possibly even in multiple locations in the house, will help to ensure that he is hydrated. In between baths, your dog’s hair can become matted, which traps dry skin underneath. Regularly brushing your dog can untangle his fur and remove these snarls, allowing the skin to breath and preventing dandruff buildup. Also be sure to make sure that your dog sees his vet on a regular basis to make certain that any potential medical issues are caught early on.
Walking Dandruff (Cheyletiella)
If your dog appears to have dandruff, it may be worthwhile to take a closer look. Look and the dandruff itself. Is it moving?
This is a skin condition caused by tiny mites called Cheyletiella, also known as “walking dandruff.” It can be extremely contagious via direct contact with the infected animal. If you find your dog is infested with these mites and you have other pets living in the household, make sure to check them each out as well, and go ahead and treat them for it, just in case.. It’s even possible for humans to contract these mites, so if you notice an itchy rash after you have been around your pet, it would be worth it to have your own doctor check it out. Generally, regular flea treatments are effective at removing the mites, but some cases are more stubborn than others. See your dog’s veterinarian if the problem persists.
Can I Use Human Dandruff Shampoo On My Dog?
You really should avoid using shampoo that was formulated for humans on a dog, whether it is specially medicated to treat dandruff or not. Dogs and humans have different pH levels, with human skin being slightly more acidic than that of dogs. Using a human shampoo on your dog can disrupt his acid mantle, a slightly acidic layer that covers his skin. This mantle serves as a barrier between the skin and contaminants in the environment. By disrupting this layer, you can make your dog vulnerable to infections from bacteria and viruses.To ensure that your dog remains protected, it is wiser to use a specially formulated dandruff shampoo for dogs. This will keep its pH balance steady and deter potential infections..
Order Nature’s Remedies all natural shampoo today and start smelling the difference. From tea tree oil to lavender, our ingredients are designed to give your dog a fresh, pleasing scent. We guarantee that after a single wash your pet will smell better, look cleaner, and (most importantly) be cleaner! Click below to order your bottle today.