Bathing Your Pet at Home

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Topical treatment, such as a strict bathing regimen or application of leave-in products such as spray or mousse, is essential to resolving current infections and preventing future ones, especially in cases of antibiotic resistance.

Benefits of Topical Therapy:

  • Physical removal of scale, crust, debris, irritants
  • Physical removal of allergens
  • Moisturize, restore, repair dysfunctional epidermal barrier
  • Reduce active infection
  • Reduce recolonization of pathogens
  • Provide temporary relief from pruritus
  • Decrease odor
  • Reduce reliance on systemic antibiotics as sole therapy
  • May reduce selection of resistant bacterial strains during antibiotic therapy

Bathing Tips: Remember that bathing is a therapeutic tool, not just a grooming tool.

  • Saturate the pet’s coat and skin with water. Begin in affected areas, then move to remainder of body.
  • Apply the shampoo to the palms and then spread onto the pet.
  • Do not apply the shampoo directly to the pet in a stripe down the back.
  • Work the shampoo into the coat and ensure it contacts the skin.
  • Do not scrub against the growth pattern of the coat; this can worsen the infection.
  • Allow 10 minutes of contact time with the skin (not just the coat).
  • Pets can be fed or taken on walks during this time.
  • Rinse extremely well with tepid water. Begin with unaffected areas, then move to areas with lesions.
  • Towel from head to tail, top to bottom with gentle pressure or use a hair dryer on a cool

About CVC

Chappelle Veterinary Clinic is A full service Veterinary Clinic which offers a wide range of veterinary care for cats, and dogs, including routine exams, vaccinations, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, spay and neuter, wellness services, dental cleaning, Emergency and more.

Working Hours

Monday   8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday   12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday   12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday   8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday   8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday   8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday   Closed

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14128 28 Avenue SWEdmonton, AB T6W 3Y9

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