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Skin is Dry or Flaky, Anywhere on Body

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

Code Green - Contact Your Vet to Obtain Useful Advice & Resources

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

  • If the problem seems severe, or involves a large area.

Code Green - Contact Your Vet to Obtain Useful Advice & Resources

  • If the problem seems very mild and limited to a small area.

Dandruff or flaky skin (either in localized patches or widespread), can result from a variety of causes including poor nutrition, allergies, insects, or even an undiagnosed low-grade illness. The most important thing to know is that dandruff is usually caused by some underlying disorder of the skin, often allergy. Because of that, it is important to think about other conditions that might be affecting the horse.

WHAT TO DO

Often, dandruff can be improved with symptomatic treatments (meaning that you solve this problem without definitively determining the cause), by adding certain oils to your horse’s diet or treatment with anti-seborrheic (dandruff) shampoos. However, if the dandruff persists, worsens, or is accompanied by other illness, you will want to contact your vet.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Your vet will consider the horse’s general health and the presence of underlying skin disorders, especially allergy, before simply treating for dandruff. Additional diagnostics like skin biopsy may be required to determine the inciting cause. Only with a definitive diagnosis of what underlies the dandruff can the more stubborn cases be treated effectively.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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