Home Remedies For Cat And Dog Dandruff And Dry, Flaky Skin
Want To Get Rid Of Dog And Cat Dandruff?
White flakes on your cat or dog's fur can be especially noticeable if you have a pet with a dark coat. If your dog or cat has dandruff, you might have also noticed that your pet has dry, flaky skin. Want to know how can you get rid of your pet's dandruff problem? Dandruff may seem like a harmless condition but it is more than cosmetic. The white flakes on your cat or dog's fur can be caused by a variety of reasons and can easily be treated using a few home remedies for cat and dog dandruff as well as making diet changes. Along with the white flakes, you may notice that your pet is scratching more (especially around the ears), has dry, itchy skin or the skin in the affected area is red and inflamed. The inflammation is an immune system response and the dandruff can be just one of many symptoms.
Dry, itchy skin, dandruff, hair loss, and skin infections are common in both cats and dogs. None of these occur on their own, these conditions all have an underlying issue. Read on to see some of the causes of dog and cat skin problems and our holistic treatment options.
Common Causes of Pet Dandruff
- Allergies - can include environmental allergies such as dust, pollen, and household cleaners or a food allergy
- Dehydration - low water intake can lead to dry skin and dandruff, particularly in dry, desert climates
- Dry Skin - most commercial pet foods are lacking Omega 3 fatty acids that are needed for a healthy skin and coat
- Skin Infections - fungal, bacterial, or parasitic infections can cause dandruff in dogs and cats
- Medical Conditions - Some endocrine disorders, such as hyperthyroidism, can cause dandruff and skin problems. It is important to see your veterinarian to determine the cause of your pet's dandruff, as some conditions will require medical treatment.
"Walking Dandruff" In Cats
Cheyletiellosis, or walking dandruff, is a mite infection that mainly affects cats. The mites "walk" beneath the keratin layer of the skin and leave a dusty surface that resembles dandruff. A pet will react like they have a flea problem, but the skin irritation can lead to infection. These skin mites are contagious and your pet should be seen by a veterinarian. The Immune Support Kit or NotaSAN can be used during and after treatment to boost the immune system and prevent reinfection.
Natural Remedies for Cat and Dog Dandruff
While topical rinses and dandruff shampoo may help somewhat, you need to help your dog or cat from the inside out. The first step is to give your pet a highly therapeutic fish oil along with a grain-free, low carbohydrate diet. Fish oil contains essential fatty acids called Omega 3s. Pets that have dandruff and dry skin often lack Omega 3 fatty acids. They cannot be produced by the body, they must come from diet. Omega 3 fatty acids can be added to your pet's diet by including fish in their meals or by supplementing with a fish oil.
There are MANY fish oil products for pets, but unfortunately most do not contain bioavailable Omega 3 fatty acids and so pet owners may use them without much success. The word "bioavailable" means that the fish oil is in it's natural state in a form that your pet's body can recognize as food and metabolize it. Amazing Omegas contains fish oil, naturally processed from anchovies, sardines and mackerel, so it is highly bioavailable for best absorption. It is recommended by veterinarians nationwide because of its high purity and quality.
Amazing Omegas for Pets - A researched-backed, concentrated, therapeutic fish oil providing a powerhouse of Omega 3 fatty acids in just a few drops. These omega 3 fatty acids can give your dog or cat a lustrous, beautiful coat and help eliminate dandruff. Amazing Omegas, unlike most pet fish oils, is packed in glass bottles to prevent toxins from the plastic leaching into the oil.
Power Probiotic - Essential for your pet's good health. Supports digestion, enhances overall immunity, reduces allergy symptoms, and improves skin and coat. A healthy GI tract (proper balance of good and bad bacteria) allows your pet to more effectively absorb vitamins, minerals and amino acids, which help your pet have a healthier skin and coat.
NotaSAN Drops or Capsules - Natural homeopathic remedy that fights infections and is very helpful for improving allergy symptoms, scratching and itching. Controls harmful bacteria improving immune function. Can be used safely long-term to control doggie odor and help prevent skin infections.
ProAller - Especially helpful for environmental allergies. Controls allergies, reduces itching and when combined with NotaSAN Drops or Capsules, can reduce odor and red spots.
The Best Diet For A Dandruff-Free Pet
Cats and dogs with dandruff and allergies can benefit from a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet. When pets are allergic, it can cause inflammation on their skin, causing itching, flaking and redness. Look on your pet's food label-- a good brand will include an essential fatty acid such as fish oil or flax oil high up in the list of ingredients. Our supplements have been recommended by veterinarians since 2005. When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food you are feeding your pet along with health issues directly on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE diet suggestions on the packing slip that comes with your order.
“I had tried several other brands of fish oil for my Yorkie, Tango. His coat continued to look dry while using the other brands. I started using Amazing Omegas and seriously within a few DAYS I noticed a new sheen and luster on his coat. I believe that the difference is the uncompromising quality of this product. The first time I opened the bottle, I immediately noticed the fresh smell of this oil. Tango’s groomer, who is an expert on canine coats, comments regularly about the health and beauty of his coat. We love this product and would highly recommend it.” - Barber Family, California
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