If your dog is leaving white flakes everywhere it goes, it might have developed a nasty case of dandruff. The last thing you want to deal with is a layer of white powder on your furniture, or dandruff flakes on your clothes every time you brush your dog. Luckily, most cases of dandruff aren't signs of any significant health problems. They're just a nuisance. Luckily, there are some simple remedies for doggy dandruff. Here are four easy ways to control your dog's dandruff.
Keep It Clean
If your dog's dandruff is becoming a problem, there might be a hygiene problem you're unaware of. Start giving your dog a bath at least twice a month. Fill the tub with warm water and allow your dog to soak for a few minutes. After it's soaked, wash its fur with baby shampoo and rinse thoroughly with clear water.
Add Some Oatmeal
If normal baths aren't clearing up the problem, it might be time to add oatmeal to the water. Fill the tub with warm water and add ½ cup of colloidal oatmeal. Allow your dog to soak for about 20 minutes and then wash it using a mild dandruff shampoo. Be sure to get down to the skin with the shampoo. Rinse with clear water and dry your pet thoroughly.
Lather on the Moisturizer
If your dog has developed dry skin on its belly, in addition to the dandruff, it needs some moisturizer. After you've bathed your dog, apply a generous amount of moisturizer to its skin, especially on its belly. If you have a hard time getting the moisturizer down to the skin, use a comb to distribute it evenly throughout the fur. Repeat the application of moisturizer after each bath to keep the dandruff and dry skin away.
Increase the Grooming
Your pet's fur contains natural oils that can keep dandruff away. Unfortunately, your dog can't distribute the oils. That's where daily grooming comes in. To distribute those natural oils and keep the dandruff under control, brush your dog's fur at least once a day. For best results, use a soft-bristled dog brush. Soft-bristled brushes will distribute the natural oils without harming your dog's skin.
If your dog has dandruff, take control of the white flakes once and for all. If you notice scabs or oozing sores on your dog's skin, consult a veterinarian at a pet hospital in your area as soon as possible. Your dog may be suffering from parasites or a serious skin infection.