You’ve heard of grooming, and you’ve taken your dog to the salon before for a haircut, but what the heck is medicated grooming? It sounds like medication is involved, so is it for sick pets and when would my dog need it? Over the counter medicated grooming is a new term in pet grooming that describes grooming products targeted for your dogs skin condition. Like humans, dogs can have skin problems too, but it’s less noticeable since it’s all covered by your dog’s furry coat. Because most of the time, we can’t see our dog’s skin condition, make sure you visit a pet expert to consult about your dog’s skin.
When would my dog need medicated shampoo?
Your dog’s skin condition is important to their health. Just like how you wouldn’t use a shampoo that makes your scalp itch, you also shouldn’t use a dog shampoo that irritates your dog’s skin. Especially if your dog has a skin condition, it might be time to think about getting your dog special medicated shampoo. As a professor of clinical medicine and epidemiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in California, Melissa Bain, DVM, has a lot to say about the health of your dog’s skin.
“Certain medicated shampoos are made just for pets with skin problems, like skin infections,” she says.
Medicated shampoo are similar to normal dog shampoo in that they have a water base, surfactants, and emollients. The only difference between them is that they contain special medicated ingredients that help with your dog’s special skin condition.
“It’s important that the [medicated] shampoo is applied evenly to the hair/coat after being diluted in water,” Dr. Bain explains. “And keep it on the dog’s skin for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.”
Skin conditions that need medicated pet grooming products
1. Ring Worm
Ring worm (dermatophytosis) is a skin fungal infection that infects the superficial layers of your dog’s skin, including skin, hair, and nails. As scary as it sounds, ring worm infections not only infect dogs, they also infect humans and other animals. The infection causes a red, round, raised ‘ring’, which is where the name comes from. The name, however, is a bit misleading, since ring worm isn’t actually caused by worms. If your dog has ring worm, consider Davis Miconazole dog and cat shampoo.
2. Hot Spots
One of the most common skin conditions in dogs, hot spots are a bacterial infection and create localized areas of skin inflammation. Also known as acute moist dermatitis, hotspots are painful oozing red areas that look similar to a bug bite. However, it’s even worse than an insect bite because a hot spot will continue to worsen and even spread, resulting in a ‘hot’ excruciating lesion. Antibacterial dog shampoos is the best way to battle a bacterial infection. Davis Chlorhexidine dog and cat is designed to help combat moderate conditions associated with bacteria and a wide range of microorganisms, this shampoo is formulated with 2% chlorhexidine gluconate for soothing relief.
3. Mange Mites
Because not all dogs show signs when they are invested by mange mites, they are something that you need to particular take caution of. Your dog suddenly itching is one of the tell tale signs. Mange in general is usually contagious, so if you suspect that your dog has it, immediately take your dog to the vet. Mange is caused by female mites, which are parasites, that burrow under your dog’s skin to lay eggs. Some mites that cause mange are Demodox canis mites and Sarcoptes scabiei var. canis. Mange causes that skin condition that results in crusty sores, hair loss, intense itching and secondary infections.
Other medicated shampoos that are useful in pet grooming and skin conditions
Antifungal and Antibacterial Dog Shampoo
If your dog has more than one problem, consider anti fungal and antibacterial dog shampoo. These medicated shampoos use a combination of both anti fungal and antibacterial properties that help soothe your dogs skin condition.