Dog shampoo is a special formulation of shampoo that is designed especially for dogs. This shampoo often contains a number of natural ingredients like aloe vera, tea tree oil and the like. They are much gentler than human shampoos. Dog shampoos are designed to keep the skin oil and pH balance so that the dog remains healthy. Pet owners should understand that the needs for dogs, however similar to us, cannot be treated with the same shampoos and other products. Therefore, a special brand of pet-care products is needed.
Why do dogs get bacterial infections?
Let us look at some of the common cause for bacterial infections in dog. Although there a numerous diseases that can happen, there are very common ones that we will tackle in this article.
Salmonella– They cause an acute and infectious version of diarrhoea in dogs. It affects dogs when they consume raw meat, contaminated food, animal manure or by contact with diarrhoea residues of another dogs. Puppies, young adult dogs or those who are already sick are more likely to contract this disease. Antibiotics that include sulfa drugs and quinolones are used for the treatment process. The dog owner should always wear gloves when dealing with a dog that has salmonella.
Bodetella– This disease is caused by the Bodetella bronchiseptica bacteria. This is most common in puppies, or adult dogs whose immune system has been compromised. This is an air-borne disease. Symptoms include coughing, nasal or eye discharge and fever. Vaccinations may be given to those dogs who live in kernels or show dogs. Antibiotics are used to cure this disease.
Campylobacteriosis- This disease affects puppies and causes an acute version od diarrhoea. This disease is transmitted by water, food or uncooked meat. Treatment requires the basic treatment for diarrhoea. If the condition is too severe, anti biotics may be used.
Coliobacillosis (E. Coli)– This disease is caused by E. Coli bacteria and is transmitted through contaminated water, fecal matter or food. Thos dogs who consume a lot of raw food are at risk for these diseases.
How can shampoos help?
As we have mentioned, there is a whole line of products and a whole industry that is manufacturing products especially for your dog. Bacterial infection also requires a number of special shampoos. Let us look at the different symptoms that you can treat with dog shampoos.
Cleaning the affected area– When your dog has bacterial skin infection, the affected area needs to be cleaned as soon as possible. If your dog has a lot of hair, that restricts the entry to the affected area, clip the hair. Use topical anti-bacterial shampoo in these areas. Sometimes baths may be needed up to two times a week in conjunction with the anti-biotic medicine that your dog might be taking.
Kill bacteria– This is the most important part of the treatment. The medicines are already doing this but shampoos help in killing bacteria from the fur and skin and preventing them from coming back soon. Soothing and medicated shampoos which are for topical, anti-bacterial use can be applied. You can use them as much as 2-3 times a day for best results and speedy recovery.
Although before taking these steps on your won we would recommend that you consult a vet.
Popular anti-bacterial dog shampoos in market
Here some of the most popular shampoos that tackle bacterial infections in dogs. Consult your doctor before using these on your pets.
Bayer Malaseb Pet Shampoo – This is a unique blend that is fragrance free so that your dog is not overwhelmed with odours. It is highly effective against fungal, bacterial and yeast infections. This product is trending as the most popular product bought by consumers in the market. It also cures other diseases like seborrhoea and ringworms. The shampoo does not have any adverse effects on your dog’s fur coat and leaves it thicker, shinier and better smelling than before. Read User Reviews>
Zymox Enzymatic Shampoo – This is a shampoo that features on most lists of shampoos that tackle infections and even as a general use shampoo. The unique part of this shampoo is that it is made of natural ingredients, wholly. The makers have extracted enzymes from natural milk and made a shampoo that can effectively fight against bacterial and allergies. The shampoo has natural and bio-active enzymes, as well as Vitamin D. It also a good shampoo to cure itchy, dry skin, The shampoo makes the dog’s fur shiny and clean. Read User Reviews>
Sebolux Shampoo for Dogs and Cats – This is a unique concoction that can be used for both dogs and cats alike. It can effectively work against bacterial, fungal and yeast infections, which are the most common problems in pets, both dogs and cats. The shampoo works well in removing crusts and scales related with dry skin and seborrhoea. After shampooing your dog with this product, your dog will get a clean, soft and lustrous coat. Read User Reviews>
Vitality Systems Chlorhexidine 4% Shampoo for Dogs and Cats – This is another product that can be used on both cats and dogs. This makes things simpler for pet owners that have both cats and dogs as pets. This is an anti-septic, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial shampoo. It is a great grooming and should be used frequently. It does not act on just the surface but goes inside and works through the core. Read user Reviews>
Vet Solutions Universal medicated Shampoo – This is shampoo that is effective against most common problems in pets. Hence it is given the name ‘universal’. You will not need another shampoo if you have this product at hand. The sulphur particles in the shampoo act against bacteria, fungi and other germs. The shampoo shows keratolytic activity. You can use it routinely on dogs and cats. Read User Reviews>
SynergyLabs Richard's Organics Anti-Bacterial Shampoo with Tea Tree Oil and Neem Oil – This is an effective product from SynergyLabs which can treat bacterial, fungal and yeast infections. This shampoo can be applied on full-grown dogs and puppies. The formulation is 100% natural and recommended by doctors worldwide. The shampoo is gentle on the dog but harsh on the infection causing agents. The shampoo has a unique fusion of tea tree oil and neem oil. This shampoo is not effective against tick and flea. The shampoo is only meant for dogs and not other pets. Read Usre Reviews>
Pro-Sense Anti-bacterial Shampoo – This shampoo not only keeps your pet clean and fresh but also fights against bacteria that are the cause of a number of infections in dogs. The compound is also effective against yeast and fungi. It helps relieve the dog of dry and flaky skin which may bear dandruff. Read User Reviews>
Precautions to be taken
It is essential that pet owners take the advice and consultation of a specialist when they are dealing with cures for bacterial infections in dogs. Moreover, it is important that they be hygienic too. If you want to buy a product off the shelf, then you need to take a number of precautions so that you fight the disease without creating space for another disease to attack.
- Do not use products that are meant for humans on your dogs since their anatomy is very different from ours and may result in adverse effects.
- Always try to consult your vet for any problems regarding your pet
- Some compounds in the shampoo and on your dogs skin may affect your adversely so always wear gloves and take necessary precautions.
- Those shampoos that contain alcohol should be avoided
- Some shampoos which offer a cure for one disease may cause another
- Make a note of the compounds that your dog is allergic to, so that you only buy products that suit your dog and does not cause allergies.
- Natural and organic shampoos are the safest and they should be used as much as possible
- Make sure that your dog does not ingest the shampoo while taking a bath
Defending your dog against bacterial infection is a tedious job. It becomes more tedious when the dog is affected by a bacterial infection. We recommend that you consult your vet about the methods of treatment. The market has several products that you can use, from various companies like Vet’s Solutions, Zymox, Bayer, Pro-Sense and SynergyLabs. Take extra precaution when you are dealing with dogs that have a bacterial infection because some can be transferred to you too.