Does your adorable Chihuahua seem to have a scalp condition that looks a lot like dandruff? Well that could be because that’s exactly what you have. Also known as seborrheic dermatitis, this condition is because your dog has dry skin, his pores are clogged, or it could be something much more serious. Below is a natural way to help get rid of this condition.
However, the first thing to do is find out what is causing your dog’s dandruff. Remember, a little bit of this is just normal, so it shouldn’t be anything to worry about too much. But, if your poor chihuahua appears to have extra reddened skin, is raw in spots, or has a crusty appearance, this could be more serious and could be an allergy or even a skin infection. Something like this you need to seek help from your vet. It may be something that needs to be treated with antibiotics, so be vigilant and take him to the vet.
If you have determined that it is simply dandruff, you should take some dog shampoos and bathe your dog. Something that contains oatmeal is good because it will help stop the itchiness that dry skin will cause and also soften dry skin. Make sure the shampoo does not contain perfumes or heavy dyes because this is defeating the purpose because these things can cause skin irritations.
When bathing your dog, be sure to use warm water and not hot water and to add only a small amount of your shampoo to your dog. Once you apply the shampoo, gently massage and rub his coat. Once you’ve lathered it up, you can rinse it off with lukewarm water and towel dry it. Towel drying it will help loosen more dead skin cells and help stimulate new cells for your dog.
After you’ve bathed it, you can increase the benefits of the bath by giving it an apple cider vinegar rinse. Take some apple cider vinegar and dilute it with water and pour it over your dog. This will remove more dander from your little one’s coat. Just put one part vinegar to one part water and mix before pouring over it. Make sure to rub the mixture on your skin after applying it on it. Once you’ve done this, be sure to rinse it very well so you can get rid of the smell that the vinegar leaves behind. You really don’t want your puppy to run around smelling of vinegar the rest of the day.
Make sure you don’t over-bathe your dog, this can also cause dandruff because over-bathing will remove many of his natural oils that help keep his skin clean. However, be sure to brush it regularly, like every day. This will help stimulate blood flow, which in turn will help keep your skin healthy.