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Home Remedies for Seborrhea in Dogs

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. August 2, 2017
Home Remedies for Seborrhea in Dogs

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Seborrhea in dogs, often referred to as dog dandruff, is a skin condition that causes flaky skin and greasiness of the skin and hair. The disorder is very common and can lead to secondary infections on the skin.AnimalWised want to help you fight seborrhea but, in particular, inform you of the home remedies for seborrhea in dogs that can help you on your way to a cure. Let's review them.

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  1. Types of seborrhea
  2. Home remedies for dog dandruff
  3. Home remedies for oily seborrhea

Types of seborrhea

We can identify 3 types of seborrhea:

  1. Seborrheic dermatitis: this is greasy seborrhea that, in general, is accompanied by an inflammation of the skin due to a serious infection.
  2. Dry seborrhea or canine dander: As the name implies, it is an excessive desquamation of the first layer of skin. Very common in breeds such as German Shepherd or English Setter, among others.
  3. Oily seborrhea: Very common in breeds such as shar pei or basset hound or from complications of the previous stage where excessive production of fat is found in the animal's hair and skin. Greasy scars can be formed in certain areas. We must differentiate it from allergic dermatitis by fleas.

The first thing to consider in order to choose a treatment will be to pigeonhole what type of seborrhea needs treated. Since, dry seborrhea and oily seborrhea will not have the same treatment. We should always consult the vet but here we show some symptoms that we can observe in our dog that will guide us a little:

  • Severe peeling seen during hair brushing.
  • Grease accumulated on face, body folds, ears, perineal region, etc.
  • Scaly skin that if removed can even bleed.
  • A lot of itching.
  • Excessive hair loss.
  • Bad body odor.
Home Remedies for Seborrhea in Dogs - Types of seborrhea

Home remedies for dog dandruff

To start treating canine dandruff we should offer regular baths to our dog. We can use natural, chemical-free soap which preserves the pH levels of skin. It will also be imperative to keep the skin as moisturized as possible.

We will not use a hair dryer, as it will not only dry the hair but also the skin. Towels are the best allies in these cases. Daily brushing also stimulates the skin, so it is very important to do this regularly. This will naturally produce the essential oils of the skin and distribute them homogeneously throughout the body.

You should offer them quality water to hydrate them well, preferably bottled. And you should choose a very natural feed, with as much protein as possible.

You can supplement their diet with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in food, which will help maintain their healthy skin and shiny hair without much effort. Olive oil and sunflower oil can also help in these cases. Use 1 teaspoon in small dogs and one tablespoon in large dogs a day.

Home Remedies for Seborrhea in Dogs - Home remedies for dog dandruff

Home remedies for oily seborrhea

As in the previous case, to treat oily seborrhea we will also need to give regular baths to our dog, but in this case, there are other preparations that will help avoid itching and decrease the oiliness of the skin.

We can make a homemade soap to treat this type of seborrhea with products very easy to find. To do this you must mix:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup of baking soda (which will help exfoliate and moisturize their skin)
  • 2 cups crushed natural oats

This mixture will help eliminate pruritus from the skin, generating total relief. It has anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties but in a very mild form. We should start wetting the dog with warm water, then add the prepared homemade soap and then rinse with warm water again to avoid any remains. Then dry the towel thoroughly. This process can be repeated up to 1 time per week.

We can also make homemade soap by boiling a bunch of thyme (fresh or dried) or rosemary in a liter of water. Once the mixture is cool, we can do the same procedure as before to bathe them.

One final technique can be to wash very well a cup of white rice and to boil it until it almost turns into a thick paste. Once cool we can use it as a shampoo by massaging our dog's skin thoroughly before wetting and rinsing with warm water.

Home Remedies for Seborrhea in Dogs - Home remedies for oily seborrhea

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

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Darla Helms
My 15 year old Shih Tzu has oily seborrhea and his dandruff is black. I always see pictures of white dandruff but his is black and so far none of the treatments I have tried with medicated shampoo, it doesn't get better. He hate baths so I can't do more than once a week at most.
Regarding dog danter, where can I pick up crushed oats? I can find rolled oats and steel cut oats, but I can' find crushed oats.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Cinaed,

Crushed oats are another term for rolled oats. We will update the article to ensure this is clear, so thank you for letting us know.
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