Labrador Puppy Dandruff | Why My Lab Has A Dandruff? (Explained) 2022

First time owner usually gets worry and start looking for the reasons about their Labrador Puppy Dandruff.

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It is quite normal in Labrador to get dandruff, dry flaky skin. There are quite a few reasons why adult Labradors and Labs puppy have a dandruff, dry and flaky skin.

Labrador Puppy Dandruff? Dandruff is very common in Labrador and Labrador puppies. It can be due to stress, over feeding, poor diet, environmental factor, Seborrhea, humidity. we can easily see dandruff on bright color puppies because it is easily visible on dark coat colors. For example Black Labradors. Irony is you may not find the exact reason and puppy will grow out of it.

What Causes Dandruff in Labrador Retrievers?

There are variety of things that can be the reason for dandruff in Labrador retrievers and other breeds, In some cases it happened due to genetic condition like seborrhea, ichthyosis, For the most part, it is a secondary condition brought by another cause such as food allergies and environmental allergies.

Here are some more causes which can be a reason for dandruff in Labradors as well as other breeds.

1. Seborrhea

It is a medical condition where small cells travel too fast to the surface.

The “Glue” which holds these cells is weak. So they flake away like dandruff.

The dead skin then falls off around the neck and the labrador collar appears as white flakes.

2. Low humidity

Low humidity also can be a reason for dandruff and dry skin for your puppy. If you especially live in a dry area or keep the heating high in a house it can clean out your dog’s skin moisture.  

3. Poor Diet

If your dog is not having the proper diet it will miss out the essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fat from its daily food, Coat may suffer.

Without proper nutrition, skin becomes “unwell”, which will cause dull hair and dandruff. Make sure you are providing proper balanced diet to your Lab.

Fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s plays vital role for skin health.

4. Over Feeding

Yes, Overfeeding also can be one of the reasons for dandruff as well as dry and flaky skin.

Sometimes, it can be hard to find the root cause of dandruff in a Labrador puppy or another breed.

But the chances are you might be not able to find the real cause behind “Labrador Puppy Dandruff” and he will just grow out of it.

5. Walking Dandruff and other parasites

You should have a close look at dandruff, I would suggest you use a magnifying glass for a closer look to see if dandruff is moving.

If it is moving, then it might be walking dandruff, medical term Cheyletiellosis. So, in this case, I would suggest you visit a Vet as soon as possible. it needs to be treated by the vet.

6. Dry Air

Just like human dogs can also be affected with dry air in the winter season when air is drier than normal. If you see dandruff on you labrador or lab puppy during the winter months lack of humidity in the air maybe to blame.

Is Dandruff Normal In Puppies?

Yes! Dandruff occurs in dogs same as human. Dandruff in humans usually affects the head.

But, in dogs and puppies reported on the back (Especially toward the tail) we can easily see dandruff on bright color puppies because it is easily visible on dark coat colors.

What are the Symptoms of Labrador Puppy Dandruff?

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Dandruff is very common in Labradors and also in other breeds. Dandruff is the presence of dead cells on your puppy’s coat. 

Here are some of the symptoms which are commonly seen in dogs.

1. Redness or Odor.

You may see redness on some parts of your puppy. If they have an allergy or skin infection skin can often gets red.

2. Itching or discomfort.

You may notice any kind of discomfort behavior in your puppy, also itching.

3. Allergies.

Every experienced VET always says that most environmental allergies are common in dogs, but we cannot neglect food allergies.

4. A lot of Flakes.

If you are seeing a lot of flakes on your puppy’s coat you should visit a VET.

5. Skin Infection.

Some of the skin infection can be also a reason for dandruff. Such as Yeast, or bacterial infections.

There can be some other reasons too, such as excessive licking and lack of nutrition. 

Puppy Dandruff Home Remedies

There are quite a large number of remedies that are easily doable at home. You don’t need any expensive equipment to do so.

Regular Grooming

Labrador Puppy Grooming

It would be a good decision to give regular grooming to your lab puppy. You can easily groom your Labrador at home. It’s a simple way to maintain your puppy’s coat and keep dandruff away.

Pets are the same as a human, if we don’t wash our hair on a regular basis then we can easily get dandruff. So, it is the same for the puppy.

Omega 3 fatty acid

Adding omega 3 fatty acid supplements into your puppy’s diet would be a good decision. It can tremendously increase a puppy’s coat as well as health, which can be helpful to lower dandruff in your puppy.

Bowl of Water

Make sure your dog drinks enough water every day. Give him a full bowl of water, More water puppy will drink more its skin will be moisturized. Always keep a fresh bowl of water handy for your puppy to keep him hydrated.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is great for treating a skin issue internally or externally. Rub vitamin e oil on your puppy’s skin, will help calm any irritation, and also it is useful for moisturizing your puppy’s skin. Try to add vitamin e into your puppy’s diet. 

Here are some foods that are high in Vitamin E.

  • Salmon
  • Egg
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • Soybean Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar

Take 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water mix it well and apply it to your puppy’s skin. Don’t rinse, let it dry on the puppy’s skin. Please don’t overdo it, it might have an opposite reaction.

Oatmeal Bath

Oatmeal is a very well-known treatment for various skin problems. It will help to balance skin oil and it will be effective to eliminate dandruff. You can easily find Oatmeal soap at any of your nearest pet stores.


In the end, I would like to say that there are various reasons that your Labrador puppy got dandruff. However, there are tons of solutions available to get rid of puppy dandruff.

Try to follow all the remedies and solutions mentioned above, It will help your puppy to get rid of dandruff. On the other hand, Try to figure out if your pup got walking dandruff if so, then you must visit a vet to solve that issue.

If your puppy got minor dandruff then it is easily cured able by applying home remedies. but if it some kind of skin problem as I mentioned in the article then you shouldn’t waste time and visit an experienced vet as soon as possible.


How do you treat dandruff on a puppy?

If dandruff is mild then you can easily treat it, Just provide a good diet, regular grooming, brushing, good anti dandruff supplements, anti dandruff shampoo.

Are labs prone to dandruff?

Not all Lab breeds are prone to dandruff, Black lab more likely to have dandruff case reported by black lab owners.

Why does my puppy have bad dandruff?

There can be several reasons for dandruff in puppies. But most common reasons are Bacterial infections, allergic reactions, yeast infections, parasitic infections.

Can I put coconut oil on my dog?

Coconut oil generally safe for dogs to eat in small amount also can be apply to dog’s skin or fur.

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