Antifungal Dog Shampoo

Antifungal dog shampoo is a useful type of medicine for many different health problems that can arise as a result of the buildup of fungus on various parts of your pet's body. Fungus spores are attracted to and thrive most in areas of your dog's body that are warm and moist. This is most often folds of skin around his ears, face or other parts of his body.

Dogs that tend to have flappier skin with more folds are much more predisposed to facing fungus infections and other problems of this type. Fortunately, there are a number of different antifungal products that can be used to help reduce infections related to fungus.

Benefits of Antifungal Dog Shampoo

The single greatest benefit of antifungal dog shampoo is its ability to kill and neutralize fungus spores at the surface of your pet's skin. Fungal infections that have entered into your pet's body and are affecting his internal organs will not be treated with a dog shampoo of this type; for these infections, you'll need an antifungal medicine from your veterinarian that can be ingested. Antifungal shampoos, however, address the majority of fungal infections, which occur outside of your pet's body.

How and When to Use Shampoo of This Type

Antifungal dog shampoos should not be used regularly in treating your pet's skin. These shampoos are not only expensive but also may be irritating to other parts of his skin if used too often. Instead, make use of these shampoos only when your pet has a fungal infection that you know about. Using them otherwise will not be effective; they have no use as a preventative measure.

Most antifungal dog shampoos are designed to be used between 2 and 4 times when your pet has a fungal infection. Repeated treatments are helpful because they ensure that you neutralize or kill as many of the fungal spores in your pet's system and on his skin as possible. The general process for using a dog antifungal shampoo is usually the same as the process of using a regular shampoo.

  1. Wet your dog and lather him. You'll need to place your dog in a bathtub if he's small enough, or get him wet with a hose or other water source outside if he's not. Use the recommended amount of fungal treating shampoo and lather it up on your dog's fur and skin. Be sure to massage it into his skin so that it can penetrate the fungal infection at its source.
  2. Allow shampoo to sit before washing out. Allow the shampoo to sit for several minutes, per the instructions on the bottle, and then rinse it off thoroughly with more water. You may be required to use the shampoo all over your pet's body or only in certain specified places where he has a fungal infection.
  3. Repeat the procedure periodically. Follow the instructions on the shampoo container for repeating the lathering and rinsing process periodically.

Antifungal dog shampoos can be incredibly effective at eliminating fungus on your pet's body if used in the correct manner. Ask your vet for more information.