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Dog Dandruff – Dealing with your Pet’s Dry Itchy Skin

Dog dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from your pet’s coat. Typically it is not harmful, but it can become a problem if left untreated. Your pet’s constant scratching could lead to redness from the irritation, and even broken skin and infections in the most serious cases, so it’s best to treat it early. With that in mind, here are a few ways to help alleviate their symptoms, and reduce the chances of your favorite furry friend ending up with painful cuts, sores or infections.

Groom your pet regularly- Grooming your pet on a regular basis not only keeps your pet happy and healthy, but the brushing helps distribute natural oils evenly over their dry skin and stimulates natural skin growth, thus preventing a build up of flakes.

Give them an oatmeal bath – Oatmeal has been known to help clear up dog dandruff. Just fill an old sock with oatmeal and place it over the spout of your bathtub, and allow the water to run through it as you bathe your pet.

Exercise your pet regularly- Having a healthy liver and kidneys helps with waste elimination, so take daily walks with your pet to keep them healthy and in shape, and make sure they are drinking plenty of water.

Use olive oil- Applying olive oil over your pet’s skin can help keep their skin from drying out. Some people use vegetable oil as well.

Contact your vet – Always make sure to consult with your vet if your pet’s symptoms are not improving or getting worse. It’s always possible that there is something else wrong. They may be having an allergic reaction to something, or they may have mites or fleas, which your vet can recommend treatments for. It also may be a diet deficiency, and your vet may recommend a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, using supplements of fish oil or flaxseed oil. Talk to your vet and see what they recommend.

These are just a few simple methods to help you deal with dog dandruff. The most important thing is that you take action, and do not let it continue to get worse. Remember: their constant scratching could lead to problems worse than just itchy skin, and no one wants their pet suffer. Use your best judgment, and always make sure to contact your vet if the problems do not clear up or get worse.

For further information, see this article on the health concerns of dry dog skin, and be sure to check out this video on Dog Dandruff Remedies.

 

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