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All my family is coming over for Easter this weekend and I really want Chico looking his best, but he has clear white flakes on the darker part of his fur.
Does anyone have any tips to reduce doggy dander?
 

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Dandruff can also be related to the food he's eating.

Bathing twice a month is definitely not too much. You might wan to try a different brand of shampoo and/or conditioner though if the one you're using is causing flakes.
 

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Dandruff can also be related to the food he's eating.

Bathing twice a month is definitely not too much. You might wan to try a different brand of shampoo and/or conditioner though if the one you're using is causing flakes.
It's not an excessive amount of dander or anything like that. I just want there to be none :p haha.
Thanks for the tip about bathing though :)

I'm thinking a bath using a natural or organic shampoo. Brushing
Often.
I have a bristle brush and a pin brush for brushing.
Which one should I use?
I was told pin because he's a long haired Chihuahua, but his puppy coat isn't very long.
It's pretty much the same as my cat's (which is a shorthair) who I use a bristle brush on.
 

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It's not an excessive amount of dander or anything like that. I just want there to be none :p haha.
Thanks for the tip about bathing though :)
It can depend on the dog and how dry their skin is naturally, any allergies, etc, but IME no amount of dander or flakes is "normal". You shouldn't be able to see any, except maybe in stressful situations.
 

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It can depend on the dog and how dry their skin is naturally, any allergies, etc, but IME no amount of dander or flakes is "normal". You shouldn't be able to see any, except maybe in stressful situations.
Really?
Oh. We just had a vet visit and she didn't say anything.
Is this something a vet wouldn't mention? We have another visit soon, do you think I should ask her about it?
 

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Oh. We just had a vet visit and she didn't say anything.
Is this something a vet wouldn't mention? We have another visit soon, do you think I should ask her about it?
Oh, I didn't mean to imply that it's the worst thing ever, and I'm sure it's fairly common to see, but I don't think it's something that all dogs "just have". Often there is a cause (diet, shampoo, etc) that you can find to fix it.

Also, lots of dogs get dandruff when they're stressed, so I'm sure the vet sees it all the time which is why she didn't mention it.
 

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are you feeding a high quality food? salmon oil, coconut oil, coconut water,
ground flax seed, fresh fish, organic yogurt, egg?, may help.
 

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I brushed him with the leave-in conditioner.
It is suppose to help with dry skin.
No more dander!
He is fed high quality food and get a hard boiled egg once a week.
 

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How often do you use the leave in conditioner? That causes flakiness on my own scalp! Just a thought as to why there is flakiness. The leave-in was building up in my dog's coat also because I was using it once a week, so I know dog products are similar to human ones regarding buildup.
 

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How often do you use the leave in conditioner? That causes flakiness on my own scalp! Just a thought as to why there is flakiness. The leave-in was building up in my dog's coat also because I was using it once a week, so I know dog products are similar to human ones regarding buildup.
A grooming book I had says to use it everytime you brush, but in reality I use in less than once a week to avoid wasting it. I also bathe him once a month.
I think it may have been more of a cold weather/dry skin thing though since I haven't seen any in a while and it's gotten warm.
 

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I was told that puppy dander is a super common thing and something that you shouldn't be overly concerned about it by my groomers and my vet.
My dog's back gets a lot of puppy dander, but the only reason you can see is because her entire back is black. White dander shows up in her fur a lot easier.
I figured it'd be something that she grew out of as she adjusted to everything in the household and with regular grooming and our already good diet.
 

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I was told that puppy dander is a super common thing and something that you shouldn't be overly concerned about it by my groomers and my vet.
My dog's back gets a lot of puppy dander, but the only reason you can see is because her entire back is black. White dander shows up in her fur a lot easier.
I figured it'd be something that she grew out of as she adjusted to everything in the household and with regular grooming and our already good diet.
Ah :) thanks that's good to know
 
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