Dogs are man’s best friend, but along with its pleasant company you might face some problems. One of these problems is dog dandruff, which is equally unpleasant for the dog and for the owner, so we have compiled a list of 21 remedies. These home remedies for dog dandruff are not only relatively low in cost, but also very effective and easy to do in your own home.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Cheap and accessible, apple cider vinegar helps you fight the dog dandruff for less than $5. To use this treatment, you have to take 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and rub your dog’s skin with it until it’s dry. After that, rinse out the skin well with warm water and keep doing this daily. Normally, the dandruff should disappear in just a few days. Any type of vinegar will do the job, but the apple one also smells nicer than other.
2. Olive Oil
Found in any home, olive oil proves to be one of the cheapest and most effective remedies against dog dandruff. All you have to do is to rub your dog’s skin with it daily and wait for the effects. This helps maintain the skin moisturized and relieves the discomfort, but it’s a bit messy.
3. Coconut Oil
Ok, maybe coconut oil is not so commonly used in a home as olive oil, but you can find it in supermarkets with an accessible price tag. To help your dog get rid of the dandruff, you have to mix some coconut oil with hot water in a bowl, so it liquefies and after that you must pour it on your dog’s coat. Let it to act a couple of minutes, then rinse with clean water and a soft dog shampoo.
4. Flaxseed Oil Supplements
Sometimes dog dandruff may be caused by a lack of essential fatty acids in your dog’s diet, so you can cure it by adding some supplements in its food. Flaxseed oil supplements are highly indicated in these cases, considering that after a short period of time of using them you’ll see a major change in your dog’s skin health and coat shine.
5. Vitamin E Oil and Supplements
Vitamin E is useful for your dog in all its forms. It can be added as supplement to your pooch diet, to keep its skin healthier, but it also can be added in your dog’s bath or shampoo. However, we recommend you to apply some vitamin E oil to your dog’s skin and rub it smoothly for a couple of minutes. This is not only a good way to fight dog dandruff, but it will also help your dog relax and relieve stress levels.
Your dog’s health should be one of your daily concerns, but it should not be super stressful or very expensive. To keep your dog healthy you should visit the vet regularly, but you can also help him by using some simple and cheap home remedies for certain conditions such as dandruff. By using one or more of the treatments and remedies presented here, you can improve your and your dog’s life without spending a large amount of money or time.
6. Lime Juice
Considered to be one of the most powerful home remedy used in combating dandruff, lime juice is also one affordable and accessible ingredient. Mixed with some water, the lime juice solution is used to rinse the dog’s skin and hair after being washed with a dandruff shampoo. By doing this, you’ll protect the dog’s skin from infection, while the coat will be very shiny.
7. Organic Moisturizers
Dog dandruff is generally caused by a lack natural oils that reflects in a dry skin. To treat this problem, is highly indicated to add some organic moisturizers in your dog’s bath water. This will help your dog’s skin keep its moisture and relieve the symptoms of dandruff. Among the most popular organic moisturizers used in these situations are oatmeal shampoos (check the recipe on DoggieBuddy.com) and salmon oil (according to Keepthetailwagging there might be some side effects like bad breath, weight gain or diarrhea). Kris, our Beagle, had 2 capsules/day and besides the bad breath (I’m working on a diy dog toothpaste btw, so come back soon;)) I didn’t notice any other side effect.
8. Fenugreek Seeds
Other home remedy for pets dandruff is fenugreek seeds. For the start, to prepare the treatment, you have to soak 2-3 cups of fenugreek seeds for a night. In the morning, take those soaked seeds and make a paste from them. Apply the paste on your dog’s skin and let it act for about an hour. All you have to do now is to rinse it with some cool water and enjoy your healthy dog.
9. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Dog dandruff can be caused by a lack of essential nutrients in your dog’s diet. To treat this condition you should add some omega-3 fatty acids supplements to your dog’s food. One of the most popular supplements that fulfill this task is fish oil, but this is not the only one. You can also use borage oil (in capsule form) mixed with its food.
As said before, some nutrients and elements are indispensable for a healthy skin and phosphorus is one of them. By mixing some phosphorus supplements with your dog’s food, you can help him get rid of dandruff but also of patchy hair loss. Phosphorus is next-in-line on my testing list, will report the results soon.
Your dog’s health should be one of your daily concerns, but it should not be less stressful or very expensive. To keep your dog healthy you should visit the vet regularly, but you can also help him by using some simple and cheap home remedies for certain conditions such as dandruff. By using one or more of the treatments and remedies presented here, you can improve your and your dog’s life without spending a large amount of money or time.
Oatmeal can be found as ingredient in many dog shampoos, but you can save some money and avoid the adjacent chemicals by making your own remedy for dog dandruff. In order to do that, you can grid some baby oatmeal cereals, mix them with warm water and then wash your pet with it. For a better result, it’s indicated to keep the dog in this bath as long as possible (I usually aim for 30 minutes).
12. Bayer Aspirin and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
It might seem unusual, but Bayer Aspirin in combination with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo can treat dog dandruff! All you have to do is to grind six Bayer Aspirin until they become a really fine powder and then mix the powder with a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. Shake well and wash your dog with this solution. Let it act for about 5 minutes, then rinse with warm clean water.
The remedies for dog dandruff can be found even in a grocery store! Beets can help your dog…a lot. To prepare the remedy, you must boil the beets (the roots and the tops) and then let the solution cool. The water used for boiling is now ready to use for a nice and relaxing bath that will make your dog’s skin healthier.
14. Dry skin shampoo
Although shampoo is not really a ‘homemade remedy’, it can’t be neglected. A good dry skin shampoo (designed especially for dogs) will prove very effective in fighting dog dandruff. Keep in mind that a shampoo designed for humans is too harsh for your dog, so spend your money wisely. Be sure to rinse well, because dried shampoo can cause your dog to itch and scratch.
15. Urtica urens
Urtica urens proved to be very effective in treating small, red blotching on your dog’s skin. This should be used as a topical treatment. I had some bad personal experiences with this plant when I was a kid and I’m a bit reluctant to use it on my dog. If you tried it, let us know.
16. Sulphur supplements
If your dog suffers from red, hot, eczema like spots, then supplements of sulphur are the right choice. However, the doses should be prescribed by a specialist.
Dog dandruff it may signal a lack of fats, vitamins, nutrients or minerals in your dog’s diet, so it’s recommended to use a high-quality dog food for a good overall health. A high-quality food not only that will make your dog healthier, but it will also fight the dandruff from inside out. Kris is on Orijen (organic food) with 6 types of fish and she’s doing great. If you want to know what ingredients you are feeding your small/medium/large friend check Dog food advisor (many thanks to it’s author for the effort he is making, really opened my eyes about what should I feed Kris).
Regular bathing is crucial in maintaining you dog’s skin health. If your dog is not bathed on a regular basis, it will most likely suffer from dandruff, as the dead skin cells accumulate on its skin. The bathing frequency is determined by a number of factors, but as a rule of thumb the time between baths should be at least 2 weeks to avoid causing skin irritation and flaking.
Brushing is an essential step in the fight against dandruff. A dog should be brushed daily with a soft brush that is soft enough for you to use on your own head. By using long strokes (starting at the dog’s head to his tail), you can help him get rid of that unpleasant dandruff. During brushing the natural oils are evenly distributed on the coat, while the dandruff flakes are removed.
It may seem hard to believe, but the humidity of your home affects your dog’s skin. To prevent dry skin conditions getting worse, you should prevent low humidity by installing a humidifier where the dog spends most of his time. Humidity can affect you as well, so it’s a win-win.
Sometimes the dandruff is caused by stress and this can be combated by exercising. Exercising not only that will help your dog get rid of the stress but it also stimulates and maintains good health along with a strong immune system. In addition to exercise, a quiet environment, soft massages and walks are highly recommended for a relaxed and healthy dog.