Seborrhea also known as Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common skin disorder in dogs that causes the skin to flake and also to become oily or greasy. With seborrhea, the sebaceous glands of the skin produce an excessive amount of sebum. The excess sebum is what gives that doggy smell everyone complains about.

Types and Symptoms:

There are two common forms of seborrhea; a dry (sicca) form and oily (oleosa) form but most have a combination of dry and oily seborrhea. Areas that are rich in sebaceous glands like the back, face, and flanks are most affected. In these areas you will notice scales, flakiness, itchiness, and red skin. There will also be an odor associated with seborrhea which worsens with secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection. Sebum, bacteria and yeast create a dog hard to live with because of the smell!


Causes are anything that irritate the skin including parasites, dietary deficiencies and malabsorption disorders. Often allergy season sets seborrhea dogs up for issues with excess sebum and trauma. The irritation and excess sebum leads to secondary bacteria and yeast on the skin.


  • VET BASICS® ParaSeb Shampoo will hydrate the skin while healing the itch. ParaSeb combines three ingredients to help solve this issue:
    1. Coal Tar is soothing – anti-parasitic, anti-allergy and gets the allergen off skin.
    2. Salicylic Acid – Anti-yeast and soothing to skin irritation.
    3. Sulfa – gets the infection.
  • VET BASICS® ChlorConazole topical spray daily in the worst areas. Kills yeast and bacteria. We can’t shampoo daily but we can spray needed areas every day while treating!
  • Antibiotics for any secondary infections when they exist are helpful. Most treat the bacteria with Cephalexin and allow the topical to control the yeast.
  • To promote a healthy skin and coat from the inside out, follow with Doc Roy’s® DERMA COAT PLUS. DERMA COAT will add the micro essentials and antioxidants to help grow and maintain healthy skin. You’re going to have a challenge getting the next healthy coat in and DERMA COAT PLUS will give you an edge on success here. A healthy coat and soft skin will resist this issue better in the future.

Skin fold Dermatitis:

Skin fold dermatitis of the face is common in bulldogs and other pushed in nose breeds with excess skin folds. Treating around the eyes is tricky but these two products will help.
  • Doc Roy’s® RESCUE DERM for any areas that look like they need a little extra healing or rejuvenation and it is safe around the eyes! This one is all natural and safe if you get it in the eye!
  • VET BASICS® ChlorConazole Wipes are easy to use close to eyes and facial folds. Just wipe the fold daily with the medicated wipe and toss in trash.
    • ChlorConazole Wipes also works well for removing tear staining from the face and is used for the white show dogs to control red tear staining.

- Dr. B

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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