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