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How to Get Rid of Dog Dandruff

Whether they’re on your shoulders or your dog’s coat, dandruff flakes are never welcome. There are multiple causes of dog dandruff, and it is usually a symptom of another underlying issue.

How to know if my dog has dandruff

Dog dandruff is most often seen in the form of visible flakes of skin in your dog’s fur. Other common symptoms of dandruff are:

  • Increased scratching
  • Red skin
  • Scabs (caused from scratching too much)
  • Signs of discomfort

Common causes of dog dandruff

A few flakes are not cause for concern. Dandruff is generally a secondary condition that has a number of different causes, like allergies, skin problems, or certain genetic disorders. Just like human skin becomes dry in the winter, dogs can be extra prone to dandruff during the dry, winter months.

If your dog is overly flakey, smelly, or you notice other changes in their coat, it’s best to have a vet take a look.

How to get rid of dog dandruff

The most effective method to get rid of dog dandruff is to determine the cause, and then treat it accordingly.


If Fido’s flakes are caused by allergies, vets recommend medication for environmental allergies, or a diet change for food allergies.

Skin infections

Yeast or bacterial skin infections can also cause flakes. This issue can be treated with topical creams or oral medication.

Immune-mediated diseases

Certain immune disorders cause severe dog dandruff due to lack of natural oils in the skin. These issues can be treated with lots of topical ointments and oral medications.

Endocrine disorders

Certain endocrine disorders, like Cushing’s disease or hypothyroidism can also cause dandruff in dogs. These symptoms can be treated with oral medication.

We get it, dealing with the flakes and other symptoms can be (dand)ruff. For less serious cases, there are some easy at-home remedies that you can try to get rid of dog dandruff:

  • Groom and brush your dog regularly.
  • Give supplements of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Try anti-dandruff dog shampoo (never use human shampoo on your dog).
  • Use a humidifier in your home.
  • Ensure they receive proper nutrition formulated to make their fur shine like silk.