I need help getting rid of dog dander on an older rescued dog.
By Rita from Meadville, PA
Years ago I read a book about cat dander because of my allergic daughter. I think this may apply to dog dander as well.
Bathe the animal and after the shampoo, add some liquid laundry fabric softener to the rinse water; the theory being that dander is minute, dry, shedded skin particles & saliva that are charged w static electricity. The fabric softener changes the static sharges so that the dander doesn't fly all over the air. I like to think it worked; our cat felt much smoother after this treatment, and the fur was not standing on-end after petting him. It doesn't hurt to try it.
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Are trying to get rid of the dander - which is the fluffy undercoat or 'dandruff' which is an all together different thing (flaky skin).
Dander - sorry to say you can't get rid of. You can brush, bathe and put what ever you like on the animal it grows back. It's part of the natural coat if the animal has a dander coat - nothing you can do about it.
If it's dandruff you're trying to get rid of - find out the cause first. It could be an allergy that your pet has, it could be diet related, it could just be dry skin or number of other things. As pets get older they can develop flakier skin. You can increase the bathing routine and use mild shampoos that won't dry out your dogs skin. Don't use shampoo for people no matter how mild. Your vet can tell you pretty quickly with a simple skin scraping what may be causing it.
In regards to PINSKA's reply
Think first - before you apply a laundry product on your pet ask yourself if you would apply it to yourself. If the answer is NO then don't do it. It may also prove to be something that your pet will have a negative reaction to leaving you with only one more problem to deal with.
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