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Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
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Our dog Rexie has dandruff. I'd like to know the cause

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Hi Lisa, Our dog Rexie has dandruff. I'd like to know the cause and how to prevent it if possible. Also, if not, how to treat it. Regards- Leon
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Hiya Leon! I'm happy to help you. Just like an in person consult, I have a few questions of my own to ensure I give you the best advice possible...

What kind of dog is Rexie?

How long has he had this dandruff?

Does he ever chew at his feet?

What do you feed him?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi, Lisa,
1. He is a Golden Retriever.
2. Most of the time we've had him.
3. Yes, Rather often.
4. Blue Buffalo Large Breed Chicken and Oatemeal.
Thanks.
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

From your description, it absolutely sounds like your boy has some pretty significant allergies going on.

As someone who lives with an allergy dog herself, I can completely understand how frustrating it can be when you're trying to figure out what is causing your dog to be so miserable.

With my pup, I had my vet do VARL testing (more info here: http://www.varlallergy.com/ ), which determined exactly what he was allergic to (turns out he's allergic to ragweed and a specific type of pollen), which made it easier to control his contact with the items he's allergic to. As a side note...many, many, many dogs are highly allergic to corn and corn products, so it could very well be that if any of the dog foods or even treats you're using contain corn, that could be part of his problem.

We also began using the medication Atopica (more info here: http://www.atopica.com/ ), which helped control his itching and made him a happier guy. Atopica is sort of the 'big gun', and once we got my dog's allergies under control, we were able to switch to Temaril P instead (which is less expensive and it only takes 1/4 tablet once a day to keep my dog's allergies in check).

I hope this helps.