Post # 1
Semi-braggin and semi-asking post ahead of you, ‘bees!
My poor 8 month old boxer has been experiencing some drama with his coat since the season has started to “change”. My ex used to bathe him TOO much and he would get a little flaky, but would be ok. Recently, I had him in obedience class and realized his coat looked like I dumped flour all over the poor guy!
I brush him daily, feed high quality kibble mixed in with raw meat (never gave him any trouble) and a salmon oil supplement. The other night, I brushed and brushed and brushed to no avail! So I jumped on the most knowledgeable search engine ever—-Google. LOL. I read that putting olive oil in a dog’s food usually clears up the dandruff relatively quickly. So…in all of my desperation to stop the constant flaking and scratching (poor Bane), I put olive oil in my dog’s food and the next day—-it was gone! Am I lucky? Or did I stumble upon some miracle that everyone already knows?
Post # 3
@angustia: Oh my gosh, really? That’s awesome! Do you know if that works on cats too?
Post # 4
@pengoala: From what I’ve seen when I googled it, olive oil is ok for cats in VERY small amounts (1 tbsp or less). I just did a quick search, so of course you would probably want to do a more extensive search and/or speak to a vet, but it looks to be ok. In fact, that seems to be the most common piece of advice. 🙂
Post # 5
@angustia: Hmm, that’s really interesting! I’ll do some research on it, but that sounds like a great tip! 🙂 My cat has pretty bad dandruff and I’d love to get rid of it!
Post # 6
Olive oil in a pet’s food will often clear up dry flaky skin, but it’s not going to clear up true dandruff. True dandruff is caused by a fungal infection or rather an imbalance of the fungus that lives on each of us normally, and needs to be treated with a fungicide. If your pet has dry flaky skin that isn’t diagnosed as dandruff, a little olive oil or a raw egg can definitely help, but if your pet has been diagnosed with actual dandruff, stick to the dandruff medication/shampoos.
Post # 7
I need to try this! Our black lab is SO flakey!