Dandruff in dogs occurs when the dead skin cells dry up. It starts creating a problem for the dog when it starts to flake, and the dog starts scratching himself trying to rid of the itchy feeling, but ends up causing more flakes.
Dandruff in dogs can be itchy and very uncomfortable if not taken care off when it just starts. Your dog may scratch himself to the extent of tearing his skin, and get himself infected in the process. To prevent any harm to your dog due to dandruff, Buzzle has compiled a list of the top-selling anti-dandruff shampoos available in the market.
* This list is in no particular order.
An antibacterial and antifungal shampoo infused with coat conditioners, Malaseb helps keep the dandruff in your dog's coat at bay. This multipurpose shampoo contains 2% Miconazole Nitrate, 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate, and is available over the counter.
HyLyt Shampoo works wonders for dogs that have dry coat, by nourishing the skin, thus, controlling dandruff and outbreaks of massive flakes. It is a soap-free hypoallergenic shampoo containing water, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lactate, PEG-120 methyl glucose dioleate, glycerin, hydrolyzed collagen, PEG-75 lanolin sodium chloride, fragrance, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, safflower oil, FD&C yellow #5, and it is produced by DVM Pharmaceuticals.
Virbac Sebolux Shampoo
Virbac Sebolux Shampoo removes scales and crusts from the skin, keeping the fur soft, lustrous, moisturized, and healthy. The key ingredients are solubilized sulfur (equivalent to 2% elemental sulfur) and 2% salicylic acid, water, sodium lauryl sulfate, lauryl glucoside, spherulites, glycerin, lauramide DEA, chitosanide, sodium hydroxide, and fragrance. Chitosanide, glycerin, salicylic acid, and sulfur are present in encapsulated (spherulites) and free forms, and urea is in its encapsulated form. Due to its spherulite content, the effects of this shampoo are long-lasting. It is an antiseborrheic and keratoplastic shampoo that is suitable for dogs of all ages.
Fido's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
Fido's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo contains Australian Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia
), silicone, surfactants, and conditioners. These ingredients are known for their soothing and cleansing properties. It also has antibacterial properties, and is suitable for all skin types. This shampoo protects the dog's fur from fleas and helps soothe skin irritations. Its soap-free formula works very well even for puppies.
PAW Sensitive Skin Shampoo
The PAW Sensitive Skin Shampoo contains purified Australian water, lauryl glucoside (botanical source), sandalwood oil, tocopheryl acetate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate and cocamide DEA and MEA (from coconut), rosemary leaf oil, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate (botanical source), sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride (from guar), glycerin (vegetable), lauryl glucoside and stearyl citrate (vegetable base), panthenol, cyamopsis tetragonoloba (guar) gum, jojoba seed oil, citric acid, and disodium EDTA. Thus, it is rich in ingredients that have moisturizing properties. Apart from these, this shampoo also has a fresh scent to it, and is an amazing cleanser for dogs with sensitive skin.
Pet Head Feeling Flaky Dry & Sensitive Shampoo
Pet Head Feeling Flaky Dry & Sensitive Shampoo is a specially formulated rehydrating shampoo which removes dandruff completely from the coat of your dog, leaving it moisturized, fresh, and lustrous. This strawberry yogurt-scented shampoo contains silk proteins, and Yucca and Chamomile extracts. If your pet has sensitive skin, then this shampoo is a good choice.
Pet Head Dog Calming Chillaxin Shampoo
Pet Head Dog Calming Chillaxin Shampoo is a mild cleanser that washes away all the dirt, oil, and dander from your dog's coat. Apart from this, it also calms the dog due to its soothing scent. It contains Avena Sativa (Oat) kernel flour, spearmint lemongrass scent, and vitamin E. This shampoo is perfect for all dog breeds of all skin types.
Troy Oativeen Shampoo Oatmeal & Aloe Vera
A blend of aloe vera, oat extract, and a low irritant soap, Troy Oativeen Shampoo conditions your dog's coat, getting rid of flakes and itchy dandruff. This shampoo has to be applied on five different patches of your dog's coat to allow effective coverage. Apart from getting rid of dandruff, this shampoo also gives long-term protection against fleas.
Hartz Groomer's Best Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Hartz Groomer's Best Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, manufactured by Hartz Mountain, removes dandruff and reduces itching, seborrheic dermatitis, and skin irritation. It is very gentle on the skin as it contains water, acrylate copolymer, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium laureth-13 carboxylate, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocamide MEA, coco-betaine, polysorbate 20, polyquaternium - 11, hydrolyzed silk protein, sodium hydroxide, DMDM hydantoin, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, copper EDTA, and fragrance.
Sulfodene Medicated Shampoo & Conditioner for Dogs
The active ingredients of Sulfodene Medicated Shampoo & Conditioner are coal tar, sulfur, and triclosan. This shampoo is recommended if you want to see very fast relief from dandruff, flakes, and scales. Although this shampoo is a temporary solution for dandruff, it is recommended for regular use as it nourishes, deodorizes, and deeply cleanses the coat. It works wonderfully for dogs with sensitive skin or allergies.
If dandruff persists or any skin irritation occurs after using one of the above-mentioned anti-dandruff shampoos, kindly visit your vet. Maybe your dog's dandruff is caused due to some skin problem that needs medication.
Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is purely for informative and educational purposes. Please seek the advice of a registered veterinarian before using any of the brands mentioned here.