How to Get Rid of Dog Dandruff?

Dandruff in the shoulder is quite embarrassing for people. And this is also a reality for dogs, even though they don’t feel embarrassed. Unlike humans, they are not bothered about the flakes until excessive dandruff comes along with sever itching and redness in the skin of the dogs that makes them restless.

And you shouldn’t stay in peace if your beautiful pooch is feeling uncomfortable.

Though the formation of dandruff is not a serious issue, it is essential to know the reasons behind the excess of it. This way you can keep your dog free from dandruff and itching – and have peace of mind when it happens.

Here we are going to talk about these reasons and a little more about dandruff. Come and see!

What is Dandruff?

It is very normal that some dead skin cells shed from the body as flakes start falling from the dog’s fur. But when this shedding becomes excessive, it usually comes with redness and itching.

This large amount of shedding can commonly be referred to as dandruff whose scientific name is seborrhea. Dandruff in human beings is quite embarrassing, but dogs don't care much about it. However, dandruff can be bothersome for dogs when it starts to itch.

This occurs because of a disorder of sebaceous gland which is responsible for producing oils and sebum to lubricate the skin and hair of the animal. But seborrhea produces sebum in massive amounts, which eventually causes dandruff.

There are two forms of dandruff in dogs. One is oily while the other one is dry. But many dogs with dandruff have a combination of these two forms.

Symptoms and Signs

Random flakes in the body or hair of dogs are typical and not a matter of concern. When dogs are in the hospital, or they are stressed, it is common to notice flaky skin and this little amount of flakes that are typical among most dogs.

But the thing we need to know is when dandruff becomes a problem for the dog, and it starts being vital to treat. So, let’s see the symptoms of seborrhea:

  • Itchy, scaly and red skin.
  • Excessive dandruff and pimples in the skin.
  • Huge hair loss and baldness.

Causes of Dandruff

There are few causes behind the formation of dandruff in dogs. These reasons are:

1. Microbes

Dandruff can occur in the fur and hair of dogs due to different parasites, bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. These organisms can make the skin dry and form a large number of dead cells that are seen in the form of dander.

If the phrase mangy mutt comes to mind while examining the dog's dandruff, then it is due to the formation of dandruff by parasites attack and mange.

2. Weather

Not all dogs are similar. Some are more affected by the weather than others. The ones that don’t fare well in challenging climates may eventually grow dandruff.

It is already known to everyone that in winter the humidity decreases significantly for which moisture decreases in the air. This makes the skin of dogs dry as well as flaky, creating dandruff.

Your dog can suffer from this even in the summer and the spring if your dogs have problems of skin allergies.

3. Infection 

All dogs have some types of bacteria, as well as yeast, in the skin that are beneficial for them. But when the number of these bacteria and yeast increases significantly, they start creating different skin problems, and dandruff is one of them.

Except for the beneficial bacteria and yeast, the presence of some harmful bacteria can cause dandruff. Ringworm is such an example of a fungus that can cause infection which ultimately leads to the formation of dandruff.

4. Poor diet

To stay fit and healthy, every living being should eat nutritious food. Dogs are not an exception. If your dog has a diet that lacks omega-3 fatty acid, this could lead to skin abnormalities among which you can find dandruff.

5. Inherited

Dandruff can be of two types: primary and secondary. The primary is dandruff is the one that is obtained by an inherited condition. Even after keeping your dogs clean and highly maintained it would be quite tricky to get rid of primary dandruff.

This happens for variations in genes, brought from the parents most of the time.


Though the dogs can’t express their feelings through the mouth, it is evident that like human beings they also want to get rid of dandruff when it causes itching. This may bother them a lot and make them restless, even making them downright uncomfortable.

So it is wise to take the matter seriously and take the following steps to treat, prevent or reduce the dandruff of your dog's hair, skin, and fur.

  • Groom your dogs nicely and give a message to their skin so that the oils spread all over the surface, removing dead hair and makes the skin soft. Then wrap and rub your dog with a towel.
  • Make sure that the diet you follow for your dog should include fatty acids to prevent dandruff.
  • If your dogs have a dandruff problem, then wash your dogs with a shampoo specially made for dogs. You can also use a medicated shampoo to reduce the amount of dandruff.
  • Decreasing of humidity and formation of dandruff is directly proportional to each other so to get rid of dandruff use humidifier so that the environment does not lack in moisture content.
  • For better treatment, it is wise to use anti-dandruff shampoo while bathing the dogs.
  • You can use an anti-dandruff spray if giving a bath to your dog is not possible.

Some Common Home Remedies

Home remedies are always preferable rather than using chemicals on the skin. There are simple and natural home remedies that one can use to treat dandruff of dogs with some ingredients that are always in the reach of our hands.

  • Rinse your dog with lime juice after a shower. The lime juice contains vitamin C that reduces dandruff.
  • Add a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar after the shower apply with a soft cloth on in the skin of dog where there’s dandruff. The apple cider vinegar not only prevents dandruff but also stop the itching of the skin.
  • Without using a humidifier, olive oil or coconut oil can be used for moisturizing the skin of the dog, so it does not become dry and form flakes of dead cells.
  • Milk of magnesia can also be helpful. Apply this on the skin of the dog and wash after 30 minutes for getting rid of dandruff from the skin and the fur.


Dandruff is not a severe issue but should not be kept untreated as the formation of excessive dandruff can be a symptom of a disease like Cushing's disease.

It is required to get into the root of this problem and take precautions against the causes of formation of dandruff, so your dogs stay in peace and do not have to bother the pain of severe itching ensuring proper grooming, shower, adequate diet, control of humidity, etc.

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