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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 in home visits “house calls” 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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