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Dog & Cat Skin Problems Home Remedies

Does your cat or dog have dry, itchy skin with little white flakes? Give your pet a healthy, shiny coat with Ask Ariel's home remedies for dog dandruff and itching.

Natural Treatments For Dog & Cat Dandruff

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Natural Remedies for Cat and Dog Dandruff

Ask Ariel has extensive experience helping pets with skin problems. While topical rinses and dandruff shampoo may help, diet changes and natural supplements can give your pet long-lasting relief from dry skin and dandruff.

Amazing Omegas for Pets - Amazing Omegas is one of the best home remedies for dog dandruff and itching. It is 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. Many fish oil products for pets do not contain bioavailable omega-3 fatty acids, so pet owners may use them without success. The word "bioavailable" means that the fish oil is in its natural state in a form that your pet's body can recognize as food and metabolize. Amazing Omegas contains fish oil, naturally processed from anchovies, sardines and mackerel making it highly bioavailable for best absorption. Amazing Omegas is recommended by veterinarians nationwide because of its high purity and quality.

Power Probiotic - Power Probiotic can help treat cat or dog dandruff naturally. Research* shows probiotic supplements can reduce skin sensitivity. They can also promote the balance of healthy bacteria on the skin to reduce inflammation. Power Probiotic improves digestion enabling your pet to more effectively absorb vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Better absorption means a healthier skin and a more lustrous coat. Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for pets. Pure, safe and natural with no fillers.
*Reference: Research study: Health effects of probiotics on the skin. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. . 2015;55(9):1219-40.

NOT Drops - Natural homeopathic formula that fights infection and is very helpful for improving allergy symptoms, scratching and itching. Controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving digestive symptoms and immune function. Gentle and easy to administer. Safe for long-term use to control doggie odor and help prevent skin infections.


"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. I also added Power Probiotic to Tango's regimen. Tango’s groomer, who is an expert on canine coats, comments regularly about the health and beauty of his coat. We love these products and would highly recommend them."

Barber Family, California

Symptoms of Cat and Dog Dandruff

Dry, itchy skin, dandruff, hair loss and skin infections are common in both cats and dogs.

  • White flakes and dry, flaky skin
  • Itching and scratching
  • Developing red bumps, hot spots, pimples or scabs
  • Smelly odor
  • Redness
  • Patches of hair loss
  • Allergies
  • Skin infections

Common Causes of Cat & Dog Dandruff

  • Allergies - Pets can have both food and environmental allergies. Common environmental allergens may include dust, pollen and household cleaners. Food allergens, such as certain meat proteins, corn, milk products, soy or gluten (found in wheat, barley, spelt and other grains) can cause red bumps, hot spots and increased itching and scratching. Dandruff is an unsightly side effect but can be remedied by avoiding the offending allergens. Supplements such as AllerEaze, K9 Yeast Defense in combination with Power Probiotic can help to reduce allergy symptoms and dandruff. Making diet changes along with administering our supplements for allergies and dandruff can help your pet immensely.

  • Dehydration - When a dog or cat's skin becomes dehydrated, it can experience symptoms of dandruff. Healthy skin is dependent on water and natural oils to maintain its strength and elasticity. Not getting enough water can lead to itchy, dry skin. Skin dehydration can be exacerbated by drying environments, such as heated or air-conditioned rooms. Increasing the moisture in the air with a humidifier can help alleviate the dryness. If your pet has dandruff, encourage it to drink more water by placing extra water bowls around the house. These simple, natural remedies for dry skin on dogs and cats can be easy ways to help your pet.

  • Dry Skin - One of the most common causes of dry skin in pets is over-bathing. It is important when bathing your pet to use shampoos specifically for its skin, as the pH of dog or cat skin is different than the pH of human skin. Brushing and grooming your cat or dog can help with dry skin by spreading natural oils and removing dead skin. Another natural remedy for dry skin on dogs and cats is omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy skin and coat, and many commercial pet foods are lacking in them. Amazing Omegas is a powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids that will give your pet soft, supple skin and the most lustrous, gorgeous coat! Backed by research, it is the best fish oil for dogs and cats, providing help for itching, scratching, dandruff, skin problems, atopic dermatitis and seborrhea. A high dose of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) improves pruritus (unexplained itchy skin) and alopecia.* Amazing Omegas, a dog and cat itchy skin home remedy, helps to strengthen the cell membranes in the skin and reduces skin inflammation.
    *Reference: Veterinary Dermatology September 1994. Double‐blinded Crossover Study with Marine Oil Supplementation Containing High‐dose Eicosapentaenoic Acid for the Treatment of Canine Pruritic Skin Disease.

  • Skin Infections - All dogs and cats have germs like staph and strep on their skin as normal inhabitants. Typically, these germs only become a problem when the pet has an allergy or skin problem that allows an infection to set in. All types of fungal, bacterial or parasitic infections can cause increased dandruff in dogs and cats. Pets with skin folds, both genetic and due to obesity, can proliferate yeast and fungal spread due to moist and dark conditions. Skin infections dry out the skin, causing flakiness and dandruff, and disrupt the balance of good and bad bacteria, which can weaken the skin's natural protective barrier. Our dog and cat skin problems home remedies can be used along with skin medications prescribed by your veterinarian. NOT Drops, K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic can help to prevent recurring skin infections and dandruff.

  • Medical Conditions - Some endocrine disorders, such as canine hypothyroidism and feline hyperthyroidism, can inhibit skin cell turnover and 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. Identifying the root cause is essential to knowing how to get rid of dog and cat dandruff.

Health Conditions That Are Similar To Dandruff

  • "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 it has 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 NOT Drops can be used during and after treatment to boost the immune system and prevent reinfection.

  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA) in Dogs and Cats - Sebaceous adenitis is a skin disease that causes dandruff, scaling, skin crusting and alopecia (hair loss). It is a dermatologic autoimmune condition that attacks the sebaceous glands and ducts, slowing sebum production. Sebum is an antimicrobial secretion that lubricates the skin and promotes hair growth. Pets with SA will have dry, damaged coats. The coat texture and color can change due to damage (like soft fur turning wiry). Many affected pets have ongoing dandruff as well as bacterial and yeast infections. Natural remedies for dry skin on dogs, such as Amazing Omegas, can help to make skin more resilient to trauma and skin infections. Immune Harmony is the #1 choice for pets with autoimmune conditions and repeat infections. Over time, it helps to balance immune function.

  • Canine Seborrhea - Seborrhea or seborrheic dermatitis is a skin disorder in dogs that causes the sebaceous glands to overproduce sebum, which results in dandruff and scaly, flaky, itchy and red skin. The disorder also causes the body to produce an oily or greasy substance that can build up in areas with skin folds, like the ears, belly, armpits, elbows and ankles, creating a yeasty "doggy odor." There are two forms of seborrhea - dry (sicca) and oily (oleosa) - but most dogs have a combination of both. Itching and scratching at the affected areas can lead to hair loss, bleeding and crusting. It is common for dogs with seborrhea to get secondary bacterial or yeast infections. Diet changes are essential for dogs with seborrhea, as certain foods can fuel bacterial and yeast overgrowth. K9 Yeast Defense, Power Probiotic and NOT Drops can help prevent the cycle of recurrent skin infections.

The Best Diet for a Dandruff-Free Pet

Pets that have dandruff and dry skin often are fed diets that 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 a highly therapeutic fish oil. Cats and dogs with dandruff and allergies can benefit from a hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diet. When pets are allergic, the allergic response can produce inflammation on their skin, causing itching, flaking and redness. Look at 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.

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We understand how challenging dandruff can be for you and your pets. We are here to help you learn how to treat cat and dog dandruff as well as other skin problems. If you need information about a particular pet health condition and the products that can help, please email us for assistance. We do ask for your understanding, however, as we cannot provide any consultative advice due to veterinary regulations that require a physical exam.

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