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Is your dog having problems with dandruff? These might be the reasons why and how to treat it!

Is your dog having problems with dandruff? These might be the reasons why and how to treat it!

Have you been noticing flakes on your dog’s fur? Does it seem like dandruff? Don’t be surprised, just as humans can get a dry scalp and dandruf, dogs can suffer from it too!

But what causes dandruff?

Well, unfortunately generally a secondary condition that has a number of different causes, like allergies, serious skin problems, or certain genetic disorders. the winter months can be particularly challenging for dogs who are susceptible to dandruff.

Also, there are certain breeds that are predisposed to having a genetic condition that causes their skin to be really flaky. There’s one called Ichthyosis.

Two breeds often associated with the inherited skin condition of Ichthyosis are golden retrievers and American bulldogs. So, you could say that those two breeds suffer more from dog dandruff than others.

What are the most common treatments for dog dandruff?
Most dogs who have dandruff will have a secondary issue, Cain says.

“The most common causes would be allergies, skin infections, other immune-mediated diseases [other than allergy] and endocrine disorders,” she says.

Most common reasons it occurs and treatments


Different environmental allergies are the most common reason why your dog has dandruff.


There are medications that can help with environmental] allergies.

But to make sure this is really the reason why your dog has dandruff you might want to consult your vet.

Skin infection

Yeast or bacterial infections, for example, can cause dandruff.


First, it’s important to identify it, and then treat it with either topical antiseptics or potentially oral medications, depending on the severity.

Endocrine disorders

Examples are hypothyroidism, when the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough of the thyroxine hormone, or Cushing’s disease, where there’s excess steroid produced by the dog’s body.


This disease is treated by supplementing with thyroid hormone. Cushing’s disease on the other hand needs to be treated typically by decreasing the amount of cortisol or steroid that the body is producing, which can be done with an oral medication.