Dandruff in dogs: is dry skin the cause?

If you find small white dots in your dog’s fur, these are probably scales. However, the dead skin cells are nothing to worry about. There are numerous reasons for dandruff and many of them are completely harmless. What are the causes and when you should go to the vet – time for an overview!

Help! Where does dandruff in dogs come from?

Tiny white dandruff in your four-legged friend’s fur are perfectly normal at first. Dandruff is nothing more than dead skin. The skin cells regularly form new ones and the old skin cells are shed. Every dog ​​has dandruff now and then and they usually go away on their own.

However, if your four-legged friend has a lot of dandruff or dandruff very often, you should start looking for the cause. This is all the more true if you notice other changes in your fur nose.

Possible causes of dandruff in dogs There are many possible causes of dandruff in your four-legged friend’s fur have reasons. External factors often play a role, but sometimes diet or mental stress also play a role.

Dry skin Dandruff appears usually occurs when your dog also suffers from dry skin. The explanation is very simple: Dry skin causes a nasty itch. Bello, Luna and Co scratch the dry spots, the dead skin cells come off and end up in the fur.

Heated air in winter Does your darling start producing dandruff as soon as you turn on the heating in the fall? If you can answer this question with “yes”, your dog is probably reacting to the lack of humidity at home.

Change of coat

If your dog slowly loses its winter coat with the first rays of spring, it can also lead to dandruff. The skin also prepares for the change of seasons and rejects old cells.

New or wrong diet Hast Have you recently tried a new food? Each feed is composed differently, has different ingredients and nutritional values. If important nutrients are missing, dandruff can form due to an undersupply. This is especially the case in older dogs.

Dandruff in puppies

Dandruff is not a cause for concern on puppies. The little four-legged friends are in the middle of growth and the nutrition has to level off first. As long as your little family member has no further complaints, dandruff in puppies is completely normal and will disappear on its own over time.

Too frequent or incorrect grooming Do you bathe your dog very often? Then the skin and fur of your four-legged friend may simply be overused. Do not bathe the fur nose too often and then let the fur air dry. Only use special shampoos that are suitable for dogs. Conventional shampoos have a different pH value, destroy the coat’s natural protective function and dry out the skin.

Moving, new surroundings, stress Have you recently moved? Or do you have new roommates or pets? Psychological causes such as stress can also lead to increased dandruff formation.

Allergies, skin diseases, parasites Certain diseases too or allergies cause dandruff and dry skin. Mites, fleas or other uninvited guests can also be triggers. If you have such a suspicion: off to the vet!

Dandruff and dry skin – tips and home remedies to try Dandruff usually occurs when your Fur nose also has dry skin. However, you should go straight to the vet if your fur nose shows other symptoms, the skin is already bleeding or bald spots have formed. If your darling behaves normally except for the scales, try the following tips:

Brush the fur Regular grooming is the be-all and end-all – this also includes brushing the fur. This not only removes the scales in the fur, but also stimulates blood circulation and accelerates cell renewal. When the coat is changing, regularly use the brush to help your four-legged friend change their coat. Make sure the brush is soft and gives way so you don’t irritate the skin.

Stay away from conventional shampoos Every now and then your four-legged friend also needs to be bathed. Do not use a conventional shampoo for your fur nose. This usually contains soap, perfumes and other additives and leads to irritation and allergies. Use neutral dog shampoos or our shower tabs. They are perfume and odor-free and care for the fur without disturbing the natural protective function. With the shower tabs, the smells that your four-legged friend has collected in his fur on all his adventures also disappear.

Pay attention to the humidity If you notice the dandruff problem, especially in winter, the heating air is probably drying out the skin of your four-legged friend. Set up a humidifier so that your loved one’s skin doesn’t dry out any further. If you don’t have one, place bowls of water near the heater and air several times a day. A pleasant level of humidity is also beneficial for all residents of the house.

Care for the dog’s skin These are suitable for dry skin special sprays to moisturize your dog’s skin. Our Skin Care Pro Spray against dry and scaly skin is ideal here. Due to the natural ingredients, there is no further irritation of the skin and with the spray head you can get through even the fluffiest of fur. Provide the dry skin of your four-legged friend with sufficient moisture and care. Goodbye itching!

Salmon oil as a feed additive When choosing the feed, make sure that it contains all the nutrients your loved one needs. An undersupply of nutrients also leads to dandruff formation. Salmon oil, for example, contains polyunsaturated omega fatty acids, strengthens skin, fur and bones and tastes delicious at the same time. Hmmm!

Paw care Do you suspect an allergy as the cause of the dandruff? Then rinse the paws of your fur nose with clear water after the walk. In this way you avoid that certain grasses or pollen are dragged into the dog basket. You can read about what you should watch out for if you suspect an allergy in our related blog post “Allergies in Dogs”.

My dog ​​has dandruff – do I have to go to the vet? As you can see, your four-legged friend’s dandruff can have many different reasons. Fortunately, most of these are harmless and disappear quickly. So if your darling only has dandruff every now and then, there is no reason to panic. Try our tips and the dandruff will soon be forgotten.

However, if you notice the following symptoms or behavior with your fur nose, you should make an appointment with the uncle doctor as soon as possible:

Your dog regularly has a lot of scales The skin of your fur nose is inflamed The skin is bloody or scabs have formed Your dog has bald patches on its fur Your dog scratches himself a lot Your dog is behaving differently than usual Someone else in your family has skin problems Dandruff and dry skin – usually nothing to worry about In summary: There are a number of possible causes for dry skin or dandruff on your dog and most of them are harmless. So there’s no need to panic if you come across some dandruff. However, keep a close eye on your dog – if you notice any other behavioral changes, you should go to the vet.

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