• The flaky skin that signifies the presence of dandruff can happen to almost any dog. Your dog may exhibit signs of dandruff for a number of reasons, some of which are benign, while others bear further investigation.

    What Is Dog Dandruff?

    Your dog's dandruff is essentially the same as the dandruff that afflicts people. The body is continually shedding dead skin cells which can build up and lodge in your dog's fur. The flakes become more noticeable over time, especially if your dog is not frequently bathed.

    Dry Skin

    Dogs suffering from dry skin often have flakes of skin in their fur. Adding an omega-3 supplement to your dog's diet can help to combat dry skin. Distributing the oils in your dog's coat by brushing him daily will often reduce dandruff build-up.


    If your dog has begun to scratch excessively along with the presence of dandruff, he may be suffering from allergies. Intense itching warrants a trip to the veterinarian to determine the cause.


    Flaky, scaly skin may also be a symptom of fleas or mites. As your dog scratches, the skin will often flake off, producing large areas of noticeable dandruff. Parasites must be treated in order to provide your dog with relief.


    According to Becky Brevitz, DVM, seborrhea is the medical term for a skin irritation whose primary symptom is flaky skin. Excessive dandruff and itchiness can signify the presence of seborrhea. According to Dr. Brevitz, frequent bathing is crucial for dogs suffering from this condition. Seborrhea often signifies an underlying problem, such as allergies, or infection.

    Source: What is dog dandruff Dog Dandruff

    The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook, Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M., March 2009

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