Dandruff occurs when when dead skin cells flake off at an accelerated rate. Dandruff doesn't just affect humans; it can appear on your dog as well. There are several things that you can do at home to help your dog get rid of those annoying little flakes.
Bathing your dog will help to wash away the dandruff flakes. Excessive bathing, however, can make a dandruff problem worse. So give your dog a bath once a month during the winter and twice a month during the summer. It is important to use the right type of soap when giving your dog a bath. Baby shampoo is gentle on your dog's skin and assists in getting rid of doggy dandruff. If the baby shampoo doesn't work, invest in a special dog shampoo that contains salicylic acid or sulfur. Leave the shampoo on your dog for about five minutes; then rinse him thoroughly with lukewarm water. Stay away from medicated shampoos that contain insecticide because they will dry out your dog's skin even more. Oatmeal soaps for humans can work wonders for a dog's skin because of their moisturizing properties.
Special oil rinses are available at pet stores, and they can be sprayed on your dog's coat to give it added moisture. These types of rinses are wonderful for dogs living in a dry climate. If you can't find an oil rinse at your pet store, regular lotion can be used. Rub some of the lotion that you use for your hands onto your dog's coat. Your dog will love the massage, and his dandruff should disappear quickly.
Grooming your dog is an important step in getting rid of dandruff. Be sure to use a soft brush, one that is comfortable enough for you to use on your own head. Use long, even strokes, starting at the dog's head and working your way down to his tail. This will get rid of dandruff flakes and also help to distribute the natural oils all over your dog's coat. Most dogs love getting groomed, and so this will be a good bonding experience for the two of you.
Using a high-quality dog food is important for your dog's health. High-quality foods contain the vitamins and minerals that your dog needs to keep her skin healthy. Your dog's dandruff may be a result of her not having enough fat in her diet. If you feel that this is the case, consult with your veterinarian. He can give you a supplement for your dog to take and also determine if there are any underlying factors that are causing the dandruff.