What Is It and How to Get Rid of It
You have noticed your dog has dry flaky skin on their back or has been leaving flakes around the house and now you are wondering what it is. Like humans, dandruff is a common issue for pets. It can be caused by a variety of things, which we will take a look at in more detail later. Some dogs might only experience occasional flare ups however persistent flaking and/or itchiness may indicate that something else is going on.
In this blog post we will discuss the different causes of dog dandruff, as well as some home remedies you can use to treat it. We will also cover when to see a vet if your dog's dandruff isn't getting better.
What is dog dandruff?
Dandruff is a condition that causes flaky, dry skin on the scalp. While it is most common in humans, it can also affect dogs, and can have a variety of different causes. Dandruff is medically referred to as seborrheic dermatitis. Sebaceous glands on your dog's skin create sebum, an oil that keeps the skin supple and moisturised. A skin imbalance results from these glands overproducing sebum. Seborrhea sicca (dry seborrhea) and seborrhea oleosa are the two types of seborrheic dermatitis (oily seborrhea). Dogs may possess a mix of the two.
Is dog dandruff the same as human dandruff?
No, dog dandruff is not the same as human dandruff. While both conditions can cause flaky skin on the scalp, they are caused by different factors and respond to different treatments.
What causes dog dandruff?
Dog skin irritations, like dandruff, have a number of different causes with the most common including dry air, seborrhea, skin infections, allergies, and more.
It is important to identify what may be causing your dog's dandruff, as different conditions will require different treatments:
Possible Treatments for Dog Dandruff
If your dog is struggling with dandruff, there are a number of home remedies that you can try. Some effective options include bathing and grooming regularly, applying aloe vera or rosehip oil, using oatmeal to help relieve itchiness or exploring other potential natural remedies, including CBD and CBDA.
However, if your dog's dandruff does not improve with these home remedies, it is important to see a vet for further treatment.
Bath & Grooming
Regular bathing and grooming sessions can help remove dead skin cells from your dog's coat, as well as keep their skin healthy and hydrated.
When looking for dog dandruff shampoo, you want to look for a hypoallergenic formulation that can wash away surface level dog skin irritations and offer a relief from dog itchy skin and dryness. Check out our eco-friendly dog shampoo bar.
CBD & CBDA
CBD and CBDA are natural cannabinoids that may ave the potential to reduce pruritus(1). Pruritus is the medical term for that irritating sensation that makes your pet want to scratch which is associated with itchy skin. Pruritus is also coupled with dry, flaky skin that you see in dog dandruff.
CBD and CBDA affect your dog’s CB1 and CB1 receptors differently and may aid their bodies in different ways. Potential benefits of activating these receptors is relieving dog skin irritations and reducing inflammation which makes this combination a potentially good candidate as a natural remedy for dog dandruff.. Check out our blog on CBD & CBDA to learn more about these cannabinoids.
Aloe Vera & Rosehip Oil
Both aloe vera and rosehip oil are natural moisturisers that can help keep your dog's skin hydrated and prevent dandruff.
Rosehip oil contains carotenoids, which help keep your skin fresh and healthy by creating new skin cells. Rosehip oil also contains vitamin F, which helps trap moisture in your skin and protect your skin against damage.
Oatmeal is a gentle and effective treatment for itchiness, making it a great option for dog dandruff. How to apply oatmeal on your dog will depend on their skin type and condition, so be sure to check with your vet for guidance.
You can either use oatmeal on its own, for example an oatmeal bath, or find a product that contains oatmeal and other natural ingredients to support their skin.
What CBD products can I try for my dog’s skin problems?
CBD Oil for Dogs
Whilst the dog shampoo and balm work transdermally, targeting the localised area, CBD & CBDA oil is absorbed through the digestive tract to support your dog’s body and maintain an optimal balance of health and wellbeing.Find out more
Dog Shampoo Bar
Specially formulated to help soothe dog skin conditions at bath time by infusing calming properties of aloe, vera, shea butter and pine tar with oatmeal to soothe the skin whilst removing irritations like mud and dirt from their coat.Find out more
Dog Skin Soothing Balm
This hypoallergenic formulation was made with dog skin irritations in mind to sooth and offer relief from dog itchy skin throughout the day, as needed. Can also double up as a dog paw balm to offer relief to sore and dry paws!Launching soon!
When to see a vet?
If your dog is struggling with dandruff, it is important to see a vet as soon as possible. This will allow them to assess the underlying cause of your dog's dandruff and recommend the best treatment options. Some conditions, such as skin infections or allergies, may require prescription medications or advanced treatments, so it is important to seek professional help when necessary. With the right care and attention, your dog can say goodbye to dandruff for good!