Are there telltale signs of dog dandruff all over your carpet? Is your puppy scratching like crazy? Does little Fido leave a trail of flakes wherever he goes?

Dogs Get Dandruff

Dogs get dandruff just like we people do. And just like people, dogs get it worse in the winter due to the cold, dry air. Unfortunately for dogs, they can’t treat their condition on their own, so you’ll have to do it for them. Your pet (and all your darkly colored furniture) will thank you for it.

First Things to Check

The first thing you’ll want to investigate is your dog’s diet. First and foremost, make sure there’s always a full bowl of water available. Also, is your pet getting enough essential fatty acids from sources like fish oil or flaxseed oil? It’s worth a try to begin adding one of these ingredients to your dog food. Just make sure to introduce it slowly.

Baths and Shampoo

Next, you might need to give your dog more frequent baths. Infrequent showering can help aggravate human dandruff, so of course it’s also a potential cause of dog dandruff. Remember to use warm, but not hot water (hot water will strip away the animal’s natural oils, leaving their skin drier than before). Depending on how motivated you are to cure your dog’s dandruff, you might even want to use a special shampoo. (Click here to read about dry scalp shampoo.) There are also special dog-specific dandruff shampoos and conditioners; these are probably more affordable and worth looking into. RenuPlex Medicated Dog Shampoo and SkinPlex Digestive Enzymes are two examples that have received good reviews.


Brushing your dog’s hair is another way to alleviate dandruff. The reason for this is because you end up distributing the oil, thus spreading it out and bringing moisture to any dry spots. Also, brushing your dog will help to remove the flakes in their coat and reduce the itchy symptoms.

Dry Skin Causes and Treatment: Oil

It can’t hurt to rub a bit of oil on your dog’s skin. (Click here to read about jojoba oil for hair; oil is one of the best remedies for dry skin.) This will help to lock in moisture and prevent the skin from drying out further. Check the humidity levels inside. Especially if it’s winter, you might want to invest in a humidifier. (This will help with any human dandruff, too.)

Last Resort

If nothing else works, call in the vet. They will surely be able to help figure out the cause of your dog’s dandruff, and will point you in the right direction as far as treatments go. You might need to learn about treating dog allergies. If you try the above recommendations, however, you will probably be able to fix the problem before it gets that far.