How to Wash a Dog with Eczema

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

One of the most common signs that your dog has eczema is his sudden need to scratch almost constantly. You may also see patchy areas on Jack's skin that look very similar to eczema on humans. The skin becomes dry, cracked, and irritated, causing itchiness that could drive even the sanest person to go nuts. There are several treatment options available, including medication. Depending on the severity of the problem, regular bathing may help, but if the eczema has become severe, you should take Jack to see his veterinarian. 

Eczema can also be treated by specific shampoos that are meant for dogs with sensitive skin. This includes shampoos that have oatmeal as an ingredient. However, you may need to consult your veterinarian to determine which types of shampoo will work best for your pup's condition. 

Dog's Perspective

The last thing Jack wants is to lay around itching like crazy. All it does is make him want to scratch himself raw. This sadly only complicates the problem as his claws dig into his flesh. This can lead to open wounds and infection that require medical treatment. Eczema in dogs can be just as irritating as it is in humans, so it's important to treat this condition as quickly as possible.

Caution & Considerations

  • Never use any type of human shampoos, soaps, or conditioners on Jack. They can cause eczema to occur or make existing eczema worse.
  • Be sure you use vet-approved products only. If necessary, consult your veterinarian about what types of shampoo and conditioner may be most beneficial to Jack while you're treating his eczema.
  • Be gentle as you work the shampoo or oatmeal bath, his skin is already damaged and rubbing too hard will not only make it worse, but it will also cause him pain. Use your fingertips to gently massage the shampoos into his skin. 
  • Be sure you talk to your vet about how often you should be bathing Jack. Over-bathing him can lead to dry skin and in time eczema.
  • Brushing Jack daily will help spread his natural oils throughout his coat and skin, keeping both much healthier.
  • Be sure to take Jack to see his vet if his eczema does not clear up or has already become severe. You will know if it is severe if you begin to see significant hair loss, red patches, or any areas where the skin has been scratched to the point of bleeding. Do not try to treat these at home.

Conclusion

The next time you see Jack start to scratch the same spot frequently, this might be a sign he has eczema. By giving him regular baths and keeping his coat brushed on a regular basis, you can help to keep Jack from coming down with eczema or you may be able to get rid of it, if he already has it. Be gentle and consistent and Jack will most certainly enjoy being itch-free. 

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