My French Bulldog Has Dandruff – What To Do

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Several different factors may cause a French Bulldog to suffer from dandruff. These include dietary issues, illnesses, and parasites. Other factors can be Low Humidity and Seborrhea.

You may have noticed your Frenchie scratching more frequently, or you may have noticed white flakes on their bedding. There is also a possibility that these symptoms indicate a skin problem called walking dandruff. While you may know that people can suffer from dandruff, did you know your French Bulldog can also get it?

Because the symptoms of canine dandruff can be quite close to other skin problems, it is important to know what to look for and what alternative treatments to explore.

What Is Dog Dandruff?

Dandruff consists of dead skin cells that you can see on your Frenchie’s coat. Based on your French Bulldog’s coat colour, it may be tricky to see specks (for example, if your Frenchie has a white coat). Still, they are often noticeable when they hop up from their bed or put their head on your lap (especially if you wear dark slacks).

There are several ways that your Frenchie’s skin can become irritated. From repetitive licking to nutritional problems, the underlying cause of dandruff may often be difficult to ascertain.
If your French Bulldog’s irritated skin is concentrated in one spot, it may be caused by a reaction to something your Frenchie has interacted with.

Or it may be a more significant problem, such as an infection or parasite. When you find dandruff, observe your French Bulldog’s health for a whole day, and contact your vet if their itching and scratching worsen or don’t go away. Because skin problems have genetic, environmental, dietary, or parasitic factors, several treatment approaches often need to be investigated.

Symptoms Of Dog Dandruff

The following are the main symptoms you will find with French Bulldog dandruff.

Skin looks dry and possibly irritated or inflamedWhite specks
ScabsGeneral hair loss
Irregular bald patchesScratching or itching

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Causes of Dog Dandruff

As with people, dandruff can result from several root causes that can impact your Frenchie’s well-being. Including the following:

MitesLow Humidity
SeborrheaPoor Diet

Mites (Walking dandruff)

Walking dandruff is a mite (parasite infestation) from the Cheyletiella family. While dogs are almost always infected by Cheyletiella yasguri, other mites from this group can affect your Frenchie, especially Frenchies who share their home with a cat.

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Cheyletiella mites often thrive in overpopulated environments (like dog kennels) and spread rapidly among the animals.

This disorder causes the skin to flake, break away, and peel, causing it to be irritated and itchy. You will even see the mites moving around on your Frenchie’s body.

It is labelled as walking dandruff due to the movement of dandruff flakes as the mites crawl through them.

Types of Mites

There seem to be four kinds of mites that appear to infest dogs, including Cheyletiella yasguri, often described as surface mites. Mites that could affect you, Frenchie, include:

Demodex canis: This mite resides in your Frenchie’s follicle and is the most common mite that affects dogs; it is usually harmless unless your dog’s immune system is weakened or it breeds out of control.
Cheyletiella yasguri: These skin mites impact the back of your Frenchie and may induce flaking, scabbing, and scratching.
Sarcoptes scabiei: This mites crawl along the skin surface, digging into it to lay their eggs; it causes highly itchy rashes that can impact any part of the skin.
Otodectes cynotis: These mites, often identified as ear mites, are much more prevalent in cats than dogs and appear confined to the ear region.
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Symptoms of Walking Dandruff

This skin condition is named after the distinctive dandruff-like scales which develop on the skin. As well as the noticeable movements of the mites on the skin.

Mites can cause your Frenchie to display persistent scratching, chewing, or rubbing of the impacted regions. Some other symptoms of an infestation can include the following:

Red, bumpy rashHair loss
Reddened skinSwollen skin
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How to treat walking Dandruff

Mites can be controlled by applying topical medication that eliminates parasites. Your veterinarian will recommend this and advise you on how to use it safely.

Because contamination can transmit among animals, all animals interacting with the infected animal must be treated simultaneously. A variety of treatments may be needed over several weeks.

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Can Low Humidity Cause Dog Dandruff?

If you reside in a very dry environment or keep the heating high all the time in a cold climate, the air in your home could be drying out your Frenchies’ skin.

Dry skin is usually less supple, susceptible to flaking, and itchy, ensuring that your French is always scratching. This scratching can also make established skin problems

How to treat Low Humidity Dandruff

When it comes to your French Bulldogs’ dry skin, a humidifier is one of the most effective things you can do. It would be wise to consider getting one if your French Bulldog suffers from dandruff, especially in the winter. It may also be beneficial depending on where you live.

Having dry and itchy skin means your pet cannot relax and sleep peacefully during the night. An additional benefit of having a humidifier is soothing your Frenchie’s skin. It can also help with dry noses and breathing issues.

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Seborrhea And Dog Dandruff

Dog seborrhea, often identified as seborrheic dermatitis, is a common skin disease in dogs. Seborrhea develops when skin cells contain too much keratinous content, generating dermatitis and increasing flaking. In contrast, sebaceous glands can produce excess sebum, resulting in oily skin.

Causes of Seborrhea

Commonly, seborrhea is a secondary disease. Conditions and diseases that can contribute to seborrhea include:

AllergiesEndocrine imbalance
ParasitesAutoimmune disorders
Malabsorption disordersDietary deficiencies

Symptoms of Seborrhea

Symptoms of dog seborrhea commonly develop in the ears, armpits, back, legs, and abdomen. Seborrhea symptoms in dogs include:

Dry, flaky skin (dandruff)Itching Distinctive odour from bacteria or yeast
Excessively oily skinBleeding, crusting, or hair loss
Bacterial and fungal infections due to skin damageEar infection

Seborrhea Treatment For French Bulldog

Fungal and bacterial infections may be treated by antibiotics or antifungal medication. Vitamin supplements and allergy medicine can be helpful.

Help ensure your Frenchie has the right nutrients is the secret to handling seborrhea. Otherwise, care focuses on symptom management and condition monitoring. Always speak to your vet first.

Can Diet Cause Dog Dandruff?

We can’t emphasize enough the value of your French Bulldogs diet. Investigate what your Frenchie is eating. Does it have the required amount of fatty acids?

Your Frenchie’s diet may be a big cause of their dandruff. Most commercial dog foods aren’t as nutritionally healthy as they could be. Introducing an omega-3 fatty acid additive like fish oil to your Frenchie’s diet can work miracles for their coat.

In contrast, your Frenchie’s dandruff could be due to a reaction to their usual diet. If that’s the case, you will have to experiment to determine what your French Bulldog is susceptible to. It can be time-consuming and a little pricey, but worth it in the end.

Basic Things You Can Do For Your French Bulldogs Dandruff

There are many instances when dandruff is simply a symptom of dry skin caused by the weather or seasonal shedding that your French Bulldog is experiencing. You can prevent or remove this type of dandruff if you adjust their grooming routine slightly.

Grooming: Brushing your French Bulldog regularly can help keep its skin and coat healthy and shiny, preventing dandruff from arising in the first place. The comb and brush will help remove any flakes of dandruff that your Frenchie may have.
Bathing: There are times when the shampoo you use can dry out your French Bulldogs’ skin. The most effective way to keep your Frenchies coat healthy is to choose a shampoo that will not strip its natural oils3 and avoid using human shampoos since they aren’t formulated to work with a dog’s pH levels.

Home Remedies for French Bulldog Dandruff

Suppose your Frenchies Dandruff is not from one of the above. Fortunately, several effective home treatments for your Frenchie’s dandruff make them more comfortable and bring their coat back to its original condition.

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Groom Your Frenchie: This is an easy way to keep your Frenchie’s coat and dandruff in check. Frequent brushing and grooming distribute your Frenchie’s natural oils into their coat and relaxes the skin. Consider making this part of your French Bulldog’s normal care routine.
Bathe With Lime Juice: Lime juice can be an effective therapy for you and your French Bulldog in eliminating dandruff due to the beneficial effects of vitamin C. Once your dog has been shampooed, rinse with a combination of water and lime juice.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Adding omega-3 fats to your Frenchie’s diet will also encourage the health of their skin and coat, contributing to much less dandruff. Before administering any supplements or medicines to your French Bulldog, talk to your vet first.
Use a Humidifier: Because low humidity will affect your Frenchie’s dandruff, try using a humidifier and keep it going, especially around your French Bulldog’s bed. Raising the humidity in the air can relieve the skin and may even counteract seasonal dandruff.
Use Oatmeal: Oatmeal can be quite soothing to itchy coats, which is beneficial since irritation or excessive scratching can induce dog dandruff.
Anti-Dandruff Dog Shampoo: Using an anti-dandruff shampoo formulated for your French Bulldog will help.

Ensure it is formulated for dogs because the pH of a dog’s skin is distinct from the pH of human skin. Substitute your regular pet shampoo with the anti-dandruff formula until the problem is resolved.
See your veterinarian: Your veterinarian will be able to correctly evaluate your Frenchie and offer advice on prevention and care. Dandruff might hint that your French Bulldog has an illness and needs medical attention, so don’t miss this important warning.

Marshall Newton

Marshall Newton stands as an authoritative figure in the world of dog care and training, enriched by over 40 years of hands-on experience. His lifelong journey with dogs has seen him own over 20 canines from a diverse range of breeds, making him a versatile expert in the field. Marshall's expertise doesn't stop at general dog care; he's also a specialist when it comes to French Bulldogs. As the founder of "Little French Dog," Marshall provides invaluable advice and resources for both new and seasoned Frenchie owners. Whether it's understanding breed-specific traits or discovering new care tips, Marshall is the go-to resource in the Frenchie community. Interested in learning more? Feel free to connect with Marshall on LinkedIn for a deeper dive into his professional background and a wealth of canine insights.

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