A golden retriever is getting a bath to help deal with his dog dandruff.

Dog Dandruff May Get Worse During the Winter

As the temperatures outside plummet, your thermostat settings race up just as fast. In an attempt to stay warm, we run the heater much more, drying out the air inside the house. This can cause or worsen any human and dog dandruff. First things first, speak to your vet to ensure it’s not a symptom of an underlying cause. Once that is done, there are several things you can do to help relieve your dog’s itching. 

Use Dog Dandruff Shampoo

During the winter months, it’s a better choice to bathe your dog less often. The washing strips the skin of its natural oils, leaving your dog even itchier than before. Instead, brush them every day to remove loose hair and dead skin cells. This also helps to stimulate and spread the skin oils. 

If you do need to bathe your dog, use Dog Dandruff Shampoo. It helps hydrate the skin, reducing scaling and itchiness. Also, use lukewarm water instead of hot to avoid irritating and drying the skin. 

How to Get Rid of Dog Dandruff During the Winter

Since winter often exacerbates the problem, any anti-dandruff strategy must take that in mind. Adjusting your dog’s environment and diet will help combat the flaking and itching of its skin. Some tactics to keep in mind:

Run a humidifier

It will add moisture to the air, preventing their skin from drying out quite so fast. This will help everyone living in your house. Your skin needs care and moisture too.

Feed them Fatty Acids

Make sure the food you feed your dog is high in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, as these help maintain healthy skin in dogs. You can find fish oils in all Get Joy Fresh & Fresh Freeze Dried meals. 

Plenty of water

Keep that pooch hydrated. Even the slightest dehydration can begin to affect a dog’s skin. 

Coconut Oil Dog Dandruff Remedy

While many home remedies seem promising benefits that are too good to be true, coconut oil is true. Emollients help with scaling dermatosis and reduce water loss through the skin. Other similarly working emollients include cottonseed and lanolin. 

Massage the oil into your dog’s skin, or add it to your doggy shampoo for application during washing. Either of these methods will help with the itching and flaking your dog is currently suffering from. 

Itching to Ask an Expert?

Use Get Joy’s telehealth services to get all dandruff and itchy dog answers you need. All Get Joy customers receive free 24-hour access to professional telehealth services for their pets. Ask questions about your dog’s nutritional needs, behaviors, health, and more. Contact us to learn more today.

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