If your dog has skin conditions and needs a medicated bath, your veterinarian will provide the medication or his dip or you may choose a medicated soap shampoo or dip from your local pet store. Be cautious if your dog has dry, sensitive skin or if his skin is very tender to the touch. Water that is too warm will dry out his skin even more and potentially become painful for your little guy. Also, a medicated bath with hot water or excessively warm water can cause itching on skin that is already irritated. Try to make your medicated bath as quick as possible for your little guy to avoid any tension, anxiety, or added unnecessary pain.
Depending on the medication, medicated shampoo, or dip you are using, you may have additional instructions to follow for your dog such as adding the dip to the water and allowing your dog to soak in it or adding the medicated shampoo directly to a washcloth or directly to the skin. Be sure to follow your veterinarian's directions or any instructions that come with the product to give your dog a medicated bath.
Remember if your dog needs a medicated bath, he is in need of some tender loving care. Medicated baths are meant to provide soothing comfort and healing to your dog after surgery or because of a skin condition. However, it will take some time for this soothing comfort and healing to take place so have some patience with your dog as he's tolerating a bath while he's in discomfort or pain.