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Grooming—How to Choose the Best Shampoo for Your Dog

With so many options available on the market, finding the perfect shampoo for your dog can be an overwhelming task. As a loving pet owner, you want to ensure that you are using the right product that not only keeps your dog's coat clean and healthy, but also suits their specific needs.

The Difference Between Human and Dog Shampoos

While it might be tempting to use your own shampoo or opt for a cheaper alternative, there are significant differences between human and dog skin that make these products unsuitable for pets.

  1. PH levels - One of the key distinctions lies in the pH levels of our skin compared to that of our pets. Human skin tends to be more acidic, whereas dogs have a different pH balance, therefore it is essential to select a shampoo specifically formulated for animals. By doing so, you can safeguard your pet's skin health and maintain its natural balance.

  2. Skin thickness - Another vital factor to consider is the thickness of the outer layer of our pets' skin. Compared to human skin, a dog's skin has a thinner outer layer. This makes it crucial to choose a suitable veterinary shampoo that won't disrupt the delicate balance of their skin and coat health. By opting for a veterinary-specific shampoo, you can provide your pet with the care they deserve while keeping their skin and coat in optimal condition.

Skin Infections

If you suspect that your pet is dealing with an active skin infection, it is crucial to reach out to our vets for professional guidance. Your vet will be able to identify the specific type of skin condition affecting your pet and devise a personalised treatment plan tailored to their needs.

When it comes to addressing certain skin conditions, we recommend Dermcare medicated shampoos:

  1. Malaseb® Medicated Shampoo is an antifungal shampoo suitable for both dogs and cats. It is primarily indicated for the treatment of seborrhoeic dermatitis associated with bacteria (Staphylococcus pseudintermedius) and yeast (Malassezia pachydermatis). Additionally, it serves as an effective aid in treating ringworm (dermatophytosis) infections in pets.

  2. Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo is specifically designed as an antibacterial shampoo to assist in the treatment of superficial bacterial infections, particularly those caused by Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, in dogs.

While these medicated shampoos can be beneficial for certain conditions, it is imperative to consult with our vets before introducing any new treatment to your pet's bathing regimen.

Itchy Skin

If your dog is experiencing the discomfort of itchy and inflamed skin, and your vet has determined that there is no underlying skin infection, incorporating a shampoo like Aloveen® Oatmeal Shampoo into a comprehensive management plan may be a suitable course of action.

Aloveen® Oatmeal Shampoo is a gentle and soap-free cleanser specially formulated for animals with both normal and sensitive skin. It combines the nurturing qualities of oatmeal and aloe vera to provide relief for irritated, inflamed and itchy skin.

Routine Care

When it comes to regular maintenance and care for your pet's skin and coat, we recommend Dermcare Natural Shampoo. This gentle and soap-free cleanser is specifically designed for pets with both normal and sensitive skin and it is suitable even for pets with more delicate skin. The formulation is carefully crafted to maintain the natural pH balance of your pet's skin, providing a soothing and nurturing, cleansing bath.


After bathing, don't forget to give your dog the added benefit of a conditioner. Conditioners play a vital role in restoring, protecting and maintaining the health of both their skin and coat.

  1. Pyohex® Medicated Conditioner is an antibacterial leave-on conditioner specially formulated to aid in the treatment of superficial bacterial infections, specifically those caused by Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in dogs. Not only does it provide moisture to the skin, but it also helps reduce and prevent the recurrence of these types of infections.

  2. For pets with normal, itchy, or dry skin, Aloveen® Oatmeal Intensive Conditioner offers nourishment and soothing relief. Infused with the benefits of oatmeal and aloe vera, this conditioner provides a calming and nurturing experience. It helps alleviate itchiness and dryness, leaving your pet's skin and coat feeling revitalised and rejuvenated.

When it comes to selecting a shampoo for your dog, always opt for high-quality veterinary-specific products that are formulated to meet the requirements of your pet's skin.

Please always follow our vet's recommendations, and use these shampoos as part of a comprehensive treatment approach to keep your dog’s skin and coat clean and healthy.


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