Dandruff isn't just for people, dogs can get it too. In fact, dogs get two types of dandruff, oily dandruff and dry dandruff, also referred to as seborrhea. If you see flakes of white scaly skin on your dog's hair coat you will need to figure out what type of dandruff your dog has, and what is causing it, to address and prevent it from occurring. Preventing parasitic, yeast or bacterial infections, endocrine disorders, dietary issues, allergy flare-ups, dry skin, or oily skin will help prevent dandruff from developing. If your dog has problem dandruff you should take him to a veterinarian to determine if medical conditions are present that need to be treated. Preventing the medical condition will help prevent the dandruff. For dogs that are just prone to dandruff due to skin type (excessively oily or dry), there are several grooming methods and steps you can take to prevent dandruff on your dog.
Dogs experiencing dandruff are also experiencing oily or dry skin conditions that are resulting in the dandruff. Diet, weather, environment, or medical conditions can all be contributing factors, but some dogs are simply more prone than others due to the chemical makeup of their skin. If your dog is experiencing dandruff from either oily or dry skin, he will also probably be experiencing itchiness and skin irritation, which may result in your dog chewing or scratching incessantly. Either way, he will be uncomfortable and steps you take to prevent dandruff and underlying skin conditions from occurring will be greatly appreciated.
Dandruff is not fun for your dog. Besides being unsightly, it is uncomfortable and may be accompanied by underlying medical conditions or secondary infections. Preventing dandruff with regular daily grooming and care is possible with regular brushing, correct humidity, and diet and exercise. Medicated anti-dandruff bathing on a regular basis will also address your dog's skin condition and prevent dandruff from proliferating. Dandruff can be a vicious cycle, with outbreaks leading to irritation, and scratching, which causes more dandruff. Breaking that cycle with medicated anti-dandruff shampoos will prevent the cycle from continuing. Maintaining good skin health for your dog will make him a happier and flake free friend.