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  • How long will dandruff last?

    Hello, I have a Jack Russell/Spaniel mix(Jack Spaniels), That I took back from my ex when I saw that he was not taking care of her. I had to have her treated for a flea infestation/Staph infection. She has finished her anti-biotics, but has developed a really bad case of dandruff. She does not seem to be itching or scratching, but it is getting so bad that her new nickname is "Snowball." The vet said that it is her body's way off getting rid of the bad skin. My question is- How long will it last?

  • #2
    Dander, which is what your talking about, is often a sign of a bady diet or dry skin which can result from too many baths. You should only bath your dog about twice maybe three times a year to preserve natural oils in the coat that keep the skin healthy. A good diet also promotes healthy skin, food with out corn products and more meat will often give the results your looking for, the coat of the dog will get shabby for a couple weeks then will shed out and turn really nice. Dander will continue to be an issue so long as the irritants remain to cause it. So reduce baths and take a look at what your feeding and you'll probably see a huge difference pretty quick.
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    • #3
      I agree with Celtechfarms, our cat had really bad dandruff, and it turned out that it was his food, maybe changing the diet will help...


      • #4
        Thanks to both of you. I found some doggie dandfruff shampoo and used it on her. It helped alot. I also got some healthy skin vitamins from the vet. It has fish oil and other stuff that hopefully will help. I was using a mix of soft and hard dog food, the dandruff started after I went to hard food only. I will switch back to the mix. She didn't have dandruff her whole life (at least with me) until after she started healing. I'm pretty sure it's not going to last forever, at least I hope. She underwent a lot of stress and is also in a new climate, so those must cause additional sensitivity. She's already more relaxed and is not scratching, so it's just a matter of time until the new, healthy skin comes in.


        • #5
          I know itching can also be reduced by adding iodine containing medicines to the bathing water for dogs. Another method to reduce the itching is to add human anti-dandruff shampoo to oatmeal shampoos. Just some other ideas.
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            • #7
              You should only bath your dog about twice maybe three times a year to preserve natural oils in the coat that keep the skin healthy? I guess I didn't know that before, so thanks a lot for that info...

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              • #8

                My vet says the maximum number of bathing is every month but the average can be every 3 months. This will depend on the length of the coat and depending on where you live - if the dog is in an air conditioned room a lot... stuff like that.

                It sounds like you did the right thing - changing his diet and adding the omegas (fish oil) - it should help! Glad to hear that you were able to care for him! :)