If you suspect that your dog is suffering from allergies, you should start it on a schedule of frequent bathing. Baths not only soothes your dog’s irritated skin, but more importantly, they remove the pollen and dirt particles that are causing the irritation.
It’s important to use the right kind of shampoo for allergic dogs. Many inexpensive dog shampoos can dry skin and accelerate itchiness. Before you start a regular bathing schedule, consult with your veterinarian on what type of shampoo or ingredients to use.
Allergic dogs are often sensitive to the dyes and deodorants added to traditional dog shampoos. There are many hypoallergenic dog shampoos on the market now. Most include natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut, oatmeal, aloe vera, eucalyptus, and other essential oils.
There are several medicated dog shampoos designed for allergic pets. Some of these products contain Chlorhexidine, which is a chemical antiseptic used for topical treatment of bacteria and skin infections.
Our dog Elsie’s veterinary dermatologist recommended Duoxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo. The specialized ingredients in this shampoo not only help to fight bacteria, but also keep Elsie’s skin and fur from drying out. We found that regular store-bought and even hypoallergenic dog shampoos would still dry her skin and add to her itchiness. We’ve been using the Duoxo shampoo regularly for two years and it’s worked very well.