Dandruff is a common problem for many dogs. It can be caused by a number of factors, including dry skin and yeast infection. You may not notice your dog’s dandruff until it starts to become noticeable on the furnishings or clothes in your home. This article will discuss how to identify and treat German Shepherd’s dandruff with natural remedies.
Dogs do not actually ‘suffer’ from dandruff; they are often only affected by it when their health is compromised in some way.
Why does my german shepherd have dandruff?
Dandruff can be caused by a multitude of factors.
For example, A lack of essential fatty acids and vitamin E, Malassezia yeast and bacterial infections, dermatitis, seborrhea (aka ‘dry skin’), excessive oiliness of the skin, or a host of parasites.
Many cases are not caused by just one factor but by a combination of factors that may exacerbate the problem even further.
Dandruff can have various causes, as summarized below:
- Malassezia yeast infection – often referred to as ‘seborrheic’ or ‘dandruff’ dermatitis
- Ringworm (a fungal infection)
- Parasites – in extreme cases, an infestation of Demodex mites can cause hair loss and severe flaking.
It is essential to obtain the correct diagnosis for your dog before you start any treatment. Ask your vet to rule out any severe conditions and work out the most likely cause of dandruff.
Once this has been established, you can start to treat your dog.
How to get rid of german shepherd dandruff
First and foremost, you need to address the underlying cause of your dog’s dandruff.
If this is a lack of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, then start with supplementing these into their diet. If the problem is Malassezia yeast infection, make sure they are not exposed to any possible triggers for this infection.
If the problem is a parasitic infestation, firstly treat your dog for these parasites and then make sure you take preventative measures to ensure they do not come back.
Some owners have reported that their dogs’ dandruff disappeared immediately after worming the dog against worms or after treating it for ringworm with creams containing miconazole.
If the dog’s dandruff is caused by dermatitis/seborrhea, make sure you use moisturizing shampoos or treatments to counter this.
Make sure they are not exposed to any possible triggers for Malassezia yeast infections – use a shampoo containing chlorhexidine if they
Use a shampoo with colloidal oatmeal to soothe inflammation and itching or products containing coconut oil or aloe vera.
It is also important that you take into account the suggestions outlined here whilst you are treating your dog for any type of dermatitis.
- Never give your dog a bath in very warm or hot water – you run the risk of further irritating their already sensitive skin!
- Use lukewarm, preferably cool water will soothe and cleanse your dog’s skin without making it worse.
- Try to avoid bathing them more than once a week, even less if possible.
Harsh, regular shampoos strip the natural oils from their skin and coat, which makes them lose their protective layer. Also, too frequent bathing can cause hypo-allergenic dogs to become allergic to the ingredients contained in the shampoo.
If you feel that your GSD needs a proper wash, make sure to use a gentle shampoo.
However, unless they are extremely dirty or stained, you can often get away with just wiping them down with a damp cloth and spot cleaning their coat every day.
– In order to keep dandruff at bay, make sure that your dog is well hydrated and drinks plenty of water. Also, supply them with a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
– Make sure their coat is well-nourished; avoid too frequent washing, make sure it is thoroughly dried after bathing and brush out all mats.
– Avoid the use of fabric softeners on your dog’s bedding. These contain chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin.
– If possible, try to keep your dog from being out in very cold weather; if you must take them out, make sure they are completely dry before you return to your home.
Is dandruff common in german shepherd puppies?
Dandruff is common in German shepherd puppies and can also be caused by dry skin. One of the main causes is seasonal changes that result in a drier environment for pets, but dandruff can also be worsened or even triggered by different dog shampoos, home cleaning products, seasonal allergies, parasites, malnutrition, or hereditary.
A German shepherd puppy may have dandruff for several reasons. If the problem persists or worsens after cleaning it with a proper dog shampoo, you should take the pup to a veterinarian to prevent further damage to your pet’s skin and hair.
Also, if you notice any changes in behavior, then it is recommended to take the puppy to the vet as soon as possible.
Dogs with dandruff may develop skin allergies or irritations that can be easily treated by a veterinarian through topical baths and medications.
However, German shepherd puppies with dry skin may also benefit from special dog food for sensitive skin or coat, lack of bathing, and haircuts that promote the action of natural oils.
Because the condition cannot be cured by medication, it will need to be managed. Treatment will involve the use of medicated shampoos, medicated sprays, or ointments to help treat itchy skin and speed up the natural exfoliation process of the skin.
While every dog with dandruff is not actually suffering from dermatitis, if you want to be sure that you are dealing with the issue, make an appointment to speak with your vet.
Taking the German shepherd pup to a veterinarian will help you prevent further damage and treat dandruff before it worsens and affects your pet beyond simple flaking skin.
How To Treat And Manage Dandruff In GSD Puppies
There is nothing more annoying than dandruff and flaky skin. It can be even more frustrating when your pooch has dandruff, and you don’t know how to fix it!
As we already discussed above, dandruff and flaky skin can be caused by a number of different factors, such as dry skin, underlying allergies, and bacterial infections. It is important that you take your pup to the vet for proper diagnosis in order to treat the underlying cause.
Once you’ve confirmed that this is just dandruff (and not a more serious condition), we will discuss some ways that you can treat your pup’s flaky skin at home.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a wonderful solution for dandruff and flaky skin because it is all-natural and works to restore the pH balance of your pup’s skin.
Here is what to do;
Mix the ACV with your pup’s shampoo before giving him a bath. You can also apply this solution topically to flares that are causing dandruff.
We recommend using natural shampoos that contain 100% natural ingredients, such as oatmeal, aloe vera, and tea tree oil. These ingredients help reduce inflammation and soothe dry skin.
This is one of our favorite remedies for flaky, dandruff-ridden pooches!
Coconut oil contains healthy fatty acids that help moisturize your pup’s skin and hair. We recommend using organic coconut oil, as it contains no harmful chemicals or preservatives. It also smells wonderful!
Apply this oil to your pup’s skin and fur after a bath, and allow it to absorb naturally. This remedy works best if you repeat these steps daily until dandruff subsides.
Which shampoo should you choose for german shepherd dandruff?
There are basically two types of dog dander treatment shampoo: medicated dog dandruff shampoos that contain dog dander treatment ingredients and dog dandruff shampoos which are dog dander treatment free.
The best dog dandruff shampoo for this is the former of the two containing dog dander treatment ingredients, including surfactants – do not buy dog dandruff shampoos that do not include dog dander treatment.
How do you know your German shepherd has dandruff?
You know your german shepherd has dandruff by looking for flakes of skin, dull hair, and itchy skin. Dandruff is a form of dermatitis which causes itching and flaking on the dog’s coat. It can also cause hair loss if it’s an ongoing problem.
This condition should be treated as soon as possible because it can worsen and cause a more serious skin condition.