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Can I use head and shoulders on my dog?

asked 2017-03-12 21:51:09 -0500

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Can I put head and shoulders with conditioner on my dog for his itching he has dry skin he also has dandruff

Missmikko J.'s profile imageMissmikko J. ( 2017-11-11 12:22:37 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-03-13 01:40:53 -0500

A shampoo (or almost any product) formulated for a human will be too rough for a dog. No, I would not recommend that. A shampoo (and conditioner if needed) made for dogs, a high quality diet, and daily brushing to distribute oils would be a better idea.

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answered 2017-03-13 07:10:36 -0500

If your dog suffers from greasy, itchy, scaly skin that has an unpleasant odor, it may suffer from seborrhea, a chronic condition that can also lead to a fungal or yeast infection of the skin. Bathe your dog with an antifungal human shampoo, such as Head & Shoulders, to treat this condition. This shampoo contains one percent pyrithione zinc, an antifungal, antiseborrheic and antibacterial ingredient that helps remove yeast and bacteria from the skin, as well as soothe and heal it.

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answered 2017-03-14 15:14:02 -0500

I'd avoid using a human shampoo on your dog. It will probably be ok, but some dogs, like people, have extremely sensitive skin and the chemicals in Head and Shoulders could do just as much harm as good. Instead, I'd recommend using a shampoo like Mauro or adding a dietary supplement such as fish or coconut oil to your dog's food. If your dog has persistent dry and flaking skin, you might consider switching to a higher quality food or investigating alternate proteins to rule out the possibility of allergies.

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answered 2017-07-19 23:13:02 -0500

Our vet tech says that's what they use at the clinic. I trust them :)

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answered 2017-03-14 18:13:35 -0500

As long as it doesn't irritate their skin, yes!

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answered 2018-05-24 11:47:35 -0500

After your vet has ruled out specific causes for your dog's dry skin and itching, adding coconut oil to his/her food (start with a tablespoon) will help. Alternatively, a well-sourced fish oil added to food will help as well.

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