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Severe scaling of ear in dog with Sebaceous AdenitisFlaky skin (what we often call dandruff in people) can occur from a variety of causes. When mild, it can be an indication of dry skin alone (many pet owners see it occur in the winter months). It can occur as a secondary sign in patients with itch – (allergies, parasites or infection- see picture) or as a primary sign in some skin diseases (primary seborrhea, sebaceous adenitis, ichthyosis).  Because so many skin diseases look alike, evaluation by a veterinary dermatologist or a veterinarian is recommended.

Possible Causes:

  • Allergic skin disease (Environmental, Food, Flea)
  • Bacterial infection (Pyoderma) or Yeast infection (Malassezia dermatitis)
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Ichthyosis
  • Follicular dysplasia

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