Ask the Experts: Dandruff Diet Related?

Your Pet Question: My short-haired tabby appears to have dandruff. When we brush her, no surplus hair is visible. But

Your Pet Question:

My short-haired tabby appears to have dandruff. When we brush her, no surplus hair is visible. But when we pet her, we get a handful of hair stuck to our hand, or it accumulates on her back near her tail and white specks appear. Is this dandruff? If so, how can we eliminate it? Is there anything we can add to her diet to cure this?

Wendy Wendt-Hansen, Russell, ON

The Expert Says:

Dander is common in cats and may be related to dry skin or insufficient grooming behaviour. Try going to a better quality diet or add an appropriate nutritional supplement. It would be best to talk to your vet about the diet you’re feeding so an appropriate supplement can be recommended like essential fatty acids for coat quality or a complete supplement that includes more fatty acids and vitamins/minerals if the diet has been lacking.

Dr. Gus Stringel is a veterinarian with Smiths Falls and Merrickville Veterinary Services, Ontario and also works with Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary.

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