How Can I Help My Dog’s Dandruff?

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

December 5, 2018

Dog Dandruff is a common condition experienced by dogs of all breeds, ages, shapes, and sizes. While the causes of dandruff can vary, the symptoms themselves are itchy skin and white flakes on your dog’s coat. It’s usually not a cause for great concern, but dandruff can be annoying or uncomfortable for your dog. Fortunately, dandruff is a relatively easy thing to treat and there are a range of options available.

Regular Brushing

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Brushing your dog does a lot more for them than just ensuring they have a great hair-do. Brushing removes loose hair and skin cells while encouraging natural oil production. The act of brushing also distributes those skin oils across your dog’s coat. This helps to keep your dog’s skin’s moisturized and their coat nice and shiny.


There are many gentle, anti-dandruff dog shampoos on the market. You may want to consider trying one of these when you give your pupper their next bath. In general, regular (but not over-frequent) bathing can help to ease your dog’s dandruff issues.

Consider The Environment

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As you well know by now, the environment plays a big role in the health of your dog. In the colder winter months, when humidity is low both inside and outside the house, your dog may be more susceptible to dandruff. During these times of the year, a humidifier is a great way to add moisture back to your dog’s environment.

Healthy Diet

The above remedies all involve treating your dog from the outside, but as with anything that involves your dog’s wellbeing, you should also consider internal factors. It’s vitally important for a dog’s health that they take in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids through their food. These fatty acids have a bunch of beneficial effects on dog health, especially when it comes to their skin. Omega-3s and -6s contribute to good skin and coat health, which in turn can lead to reduced or eliminated dandruff.

Supplemental Assistance

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BARK Dog Skin & Coat Supplement: Veterinarian-formulated, this supplement is made with all natural ingredients (including Omega-3, 6, 9, and Vitamin E) and comes in the form of 120 soft chews. Basically, it looks and tastes just like delicious treats, and it could really help soothe your dog in their time of need.

As always, if your pooch is a senior or is suffering from severe itching, hair loss or skin lesions, it may be time to check in with your vet.

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Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

December 5, 2018

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