Bath Time – Shampoo Therapy for your Dogs
In Geraldton we see a lot of dogs suffering from skin disease. This may be caused by parasites such as fleas, food allergies or intolerances and/or environmental allergies which can include pollens, grasses or plants. Managing skin disease can be incredibly difficult and we often need to use several therapies in conjunction with each other to keep the skin and itch under control.
We have recently used shampoo therapy with a particular patient in the clinic and having extraordinary results I wanted to discuss shampooing and how it can help both long and short term skin disease.
Shampoo therapy is such a great treatment because after an initial consultation with your vet, the shampooing can be done at home; this is a stress free, cost effective way to keep on top of your pet’s skin disease.
Shampooing removes dead skin, allergens and debris from your pet’s skin and coat and can be done as often as twice weekly for pets with skin disease or atopy. Your vet will advise how often shampoo therapy can be used on your pet.
There are 3 main shampoos that we use for certain skin conditions;
Malaseb Shampoo – Malaseb should only be used under veterinarian direction and is used for yeast and bacterial infections. This shampoo must be left on for a minimum of 10 minutes to be effective.
Pyohex Shampoo – Pyohex should only be used under veterinarian direction and is used for bacterial infections. This shampoo must be left on for a minimum of 10 mins to be effective.
Aloveen Shampoo – Aloveen is an oatmeal based shampoo that helps to relieve itchiness and soothes the skin. This shampoo should also be left on for a minimum of 10 mins contact time for ideal efficacy.
Aloveen Conditioner – As well as helping to soothe the skin this leave in conditioner will also assist in creating a barrier to prevent as many allergens reaching the skin. You can apply this after bathing and on days between bathing, wiping down with a flannel and apply to affected areas.
Resi-soothe – Similar in use to Aloveen’s leave on conditioner but should be used on the skin rather than the coat.