Dogs get dandruff just as humans do and Head & Shoulders is not the solution of choice. Dandruff is that white flaky stuff that appears on the surface of the skin in your dog’s coat and seems to continually multiply. Causes are due to allergies, parasitic problems and very dry skin. The friendly staff at your local Rockford area Petsmart or Petco as listed below (or one closest to your home) can help you with special tips on supplies you will need to help a dog with canine dandruff.
To help in the treatment of canine dandruff, groom your dog regularly starting with a sulfur or salicylic acid based shampoo. Never use a human or baby shampoo to remedy a dog’s skin and fun problem. Wet your dog down from head to toe with warm water. Apply the special shampoo in the palm of your hand and lather your dog well. It is important to let the soap stay on your dog in order to penetrate the skin and fur follicles before rinsing well.
Aside from the sulfur or salicylic acid shampoo, colloidal oatmeal soap also works well to relieve flaky dry skin. Special spray-on oil rinses or other conditioners are also available at the larger pet supply stores. These work to lubricate the skin while locking in essential moisture. Use as directed.
Once your dog has been bathed, conditioned and thoroughly dried, it will be imperative to brush your dog completely to distribute natural oils. Use a brush that is not harsh if used on the back of your hand. Daily brushing is necessary to stimulate the blood under the skin which spreads those natural skin oils to ward off the dry skin and dandruff.
Supplementing your dog’s diet in conjunction with the above grooming tips will provide for a healthy skin and coat with minimal canine dandruff. Add Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids such as flaxseed oil or fish oil to a nutritionally balanced dog food. Your veterinarian can advise you on proper foods and supplements necessary for your dog’s needs.
If your dog’s dandruff shows no signs of clearing up through diet change and regular grooming and maintenance, the problem may be more extensive than you realize. It may be allergies that need to be addressed or a parasitic problem requiring a specific anti-parasitic treatment regimen. Call your veterinarian his intervention, findings and specific remedy.
As always, when grooming your dog, remember to clean the ears with cotton swabs and ear cleaner, cut the nails carefully and brush the teeth with a small toothbrush and pet flavored toothpaste. A clean dog is a happy, healthy dog.
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For all your pets needs in Rockford, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 – PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
For many of your pets essentials, visit your local Rockford area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620- 2454 S. Alpine Rd.,
Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421- http://www.cvsphoto.com/home.
For help in bringing out the smarts in your special canine in your area, try these: Tails A Waggin Dog Training, 3412 Minnesota Drive, Rockford, IL 61108-5928, (815) 226-9317 http://www.forestcitydog.com, http://www.jpsdogtraining.com/. There are more choices in the Rockford area for the benefit of your favorite pooch.
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