Regularly bathing your dog is part of a good care regime. If your dog has any rashes or irritated skin, you might consider using a medicated dog shampoo. There are a massive variety of medicated dog shampoo choices, so you just need to determine which one will be the best for your dog.
As with people, dog shampoos come in varieties specially formulated for dry skin, normal skin or oily skin. The general rule of thumb when choosing a medicated dog shampoo is to locate one that is manufactured with as many natural ingredients as possible.
If you cannot identify nor pronounce certain ingredients listed on the bottle, then it is probably not one to purchase.
Another important point is to never use shampoo for humans on a dog. It may irritate your dog’s skin even more or cause severe irritation.
Dog shampoos are specially formulated with a specific and more acidic PH level which is ideal for your dog’s skin.
When you choose a dog shampoo, consider your dog’s skin. Is it overly sensitive? If your dog scratches often, it may have very sensitive skin. If your dog has very sensitive skin, you might try a dog shampoo that contains oatmeal or aloe vera.
Dog shampoos that contain less synthetic ingredients are preferable. Avoid purchasing shampoos that are scented in any way, scents can also irritate your dog’s skin.
Dogs that have a greater susceptibility to fleas or ticks or are generally outside more should be washed with a dog shampoo that contains pyrethrins. It is important to ensure that none of the shampoo comes into contact with your dogs eyes or mouth while you are bathing him.
Dogs, unlike people, do not need to be washed every day.
When your dog has a skin irritation or rash, you will want to purchase a dog shampoo that contains some sort of medication to address the specific problem. Other than that, you probably don’t need to wash your dog more often than once per month.
As with humans, the more often you wash a dog, the more likely you are to strip out the natural oils from their skin and fur, and these oils help to keep them dry and their skin healthy.