How To Avoid Dog Dandruff

How To Avoid Dandruff On Your MinPin

First of all, do NOT use people products on your dog. The soap in these products can worsen dandruff and other skin problems for your min pin. This means that even the very mild baby soaps are not going to be good for your dog. If you use the natural and organic baby shampoo when your giving your miniature pinscher a bath, the dog is likely to get flaky skin.

ONLY use a shampoo that has been specifically made for dogs. The shampoos made for people have acids and harsh detergents that will ruin your pet’s skin.

First, bathe your Miniature Pinscher with a dog shampoo that is moisturizing and free from artificial fragrances. Another thing to keep in mind – is your water hard or soft? Hard water will be tough on the skin, so consider using a water softener. Both people skin and pet skin will benefit from that.

Use enough water to wet your dog thoroughly, then add the dog shampoo, and massage the pet from head to tail for a few minutes. This will make the shampoo to get deep down into the fur and it will also loosen up dead skin cells.

Lastly, rinse thoroughly with water – it is best to use a detachable shower handle that also provides a soft flow of water. Make sure you get all the shampoo and dirt out, otherwise the skin will quickly become irritated.

Please remember – too much bathing can dry out your MinPin’s skin and be the main reason for dandruff. Only give the dog a bath if it smells bad and/or has obvious dirt in the fur. For general cleaning, just brush the dog on a regular basis. Another thing you can also do on a regular basis is to wipe the dog down with a wet cloth. This will remove a majority of the fur’s dirt, and with regular brushing, that will take care of general cleaning maintenance. Cleanliness without drying out the skin is the key to avoid dandruff.

How much should your Min-Pin eat?

Feeding your Miniature Pinscher

Be careful to not overfeed your Miniature Pinscher. An adult Miniature Pinscher typically eats two smaller meals daily. If the dog is fed more than it requires per day, it is going to get fat. If weight gain happens, its likely that the dog may get sick. An overweight small dog usually leads to significant joint problems for the dog, and it can have an increased risk for diabetes and breathing problems.

Feed your miniature pinscher high-grade dog food. The first ingredient should be meat, and the amount of crude protein should be no less than 30 percent. Crude fat should be no less than 20 percent. There is not a need for a high amount of fiber content – about 5 percent or less.

You can also get natural health supplements for dogs here.

Owners should be aware that, if their Miniature Pinscher is overweight, it is not only likely to develop joint problems, but also other medical issues. For example, if a thyroid problem develops, it can usually be treated with medicine and a strict diet. In face, often many medical problems can be avoided by using good nutritional management by the dog’s owner.

As a common estimate of the amount of food your Miniature Pinscher should have daily – about one half ounce of food for each one pound of weight. You probably know that there is some debate as to whether or not a dog should be eating the same food as people do. In most cases, do not feed your dog people food, because the food we eat usually has more sugar and salt that what the dog needs. If a small dog eats such foods, it can gain weight rapidly, and over time, there is a high chance that sugars and sodium can build up and become toxic.

Recommended Food

Miniature pinschers are known to develop certain health conditions such as demodectic mange (a skin disease caused by a microscopic parasitic mite), epilepsy (seizures), patellar luxation (dislocation of the kneecap) and Legg’s Perthes disease (hip joint arthritis).

So to summarize:

  • overfeeding and feeding inappropriate foods can cause pain and a number of medical problems that will shorten the life span of the Min Pin.
  • use quality dog food, and not “people food”
  • feed the dog about one half ounce of food for each one pound of weight, per day

To learn more about the Miniature Pinscher, here is a highly regarded book about Miniature Pinschers:

Min-Pin Playing

Miniature Pinschers love to play and run around. I was walking our Min-Pin in the park one summer evening, and I brought my video camera with me. It was such a nice evening, even though there was also a lot of mosquitos!

If you are able to let your min-pin run around free outside somewhere, I encourage you to do so. They love to run around freely. Just keep a close eye on the dog, because often like to keep going and going and going and… well you get the idea.

Here is a video I made this summer evening. We had a great time together.

Min-pins don’t like to be cold

No, Miniature Pinschers certainly don’t enjoy the winter. They have short hair, and they start shivering as soon as they are outside in cold weather.

We have recently had some very cold weather here in Canada, and our MinPin still had to go outside for doing his bathroom business. I felt sorry for the little guy! We usually make him wear a little dog coat if it is very cold, which certainly helps a bit. A MinPin needs to wear a dog coat if the dog is to be outside for more than a minute, if it is very cold out.

The Miniature Pinscher will lift up one leg, if the ground is cold. That’s a hint that the dog is going to ask to come in soon. Same idea here – you can get little dog shoes to make this more comfortable for your Miniature Pinscher.

Recommended Dog Coat

This coat will keep your Min-Pin warm, as the winter rolls in.

Brr... cold for the feet!