Dandruff is the itch in your hair that would not go away no matter how much you may seem to scratch it.

Humans are not the only one who experiences dandruff; dogs, too, can have this chronic scalp condition.

If you discover that your dog has dandruff, this is a sign that your dog has dry skin. The condition can make your dog’s skin itchy and uncomfortable.


Causes of dandruff

Low humidity level


Low humidity usually occurs during winter. There are also areas where the air is completely dry no matter the season.

The moisture that your dog needs in his coat dry of easily, this causes his skin to become flaky. This causes irritation and in turn will make your dog scratch a lot.


There are many allergens that can cause allergies. It can be dust, pollen or the food that your dog eats.

Once an allergic reaction takes place, this can annoy your dog to start scratching. It is imperative to determine the allergens and prevent it from becoming worse.·

Fungal or bacterial skin infections

Fungal or bacterial skin infections can cause your dog’s skin chafe and become sore.

Staphylococcal infection is the most common bacterial skin infection found in dogs. Though it is commonly transmitted from another dog, this can also be transferred by a human.

Fungal skin infection like Cryptococcus can affect a dog’s skin. This can occur when dogs inhale spores that were contaminated by bird droppings.


Cheyletiellosis or Cheyletiella Mange is also known as “walking dandruff”. This is because dandruff moves when the Cheyletiella mites push up the scales of skin while moving under the keratin layer.

The mites are very small in size and pale yellow in color that they may look like another dandruff to the naked eye.

Imbalance in hormone levels

When there is a problem with the endocrine system, then this means that there is an irregularity in the glands that secrete hormones. The common endocrine diseases that cause dandruff in dogs are Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease.

Poor diet

Dandruff occurs when the dog does not get to drink enough water, and when there is a lack of nutrients and fat.

Moisture is needed in order to avoid the drying of skin. Inadequate amount of nutrients and fat that a dog needs can be caused by the foods he eats.

A dog needs a balanced diet that can supplement the required vitamins, minerals and fats that his body needs.

A simple solution

This can be the simplest solution for your dog’s dandruff, having the right amount of omega fatty acids in his diet. A dog’s body cannot manufacture fatty acids, this is why it must be included in food intake.

Dogs can gain a lot of benefits from having the appropriate quantity of fatty acids like Omega-3 in their body.

Here are the benefits that can altogether help your dog avoid dandruff and improve his health:

· Improves skin and coat
· Boosts Immune system
· Decreases inflammation
· Supports cognitive function
· Strengthen heart

Giving your dog Omega-3 supplements even if he does not have dandruff is extremely beneficial for his health. In choosing an Omega-3 supplement for your dog, make sure that it is good quality and the quantity he intakes is approved by the veterinarian.


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Cathy D. Evans
Life-long fan of all dogs including Finnegan pictured here. He's a Chinook about a year old with the most wonderful personality. Please enjoy this dog website and its content. “Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” —Cesar Millan (dog trainer)


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