If your dog suffers from a skin condition, your vet might prescribe Malaseb shampoo, manufactured by Bayer Animal Health, to clear it up. Malaseb is recommended for a variety of dermatological issues, including pyoderma, seborrheic dermatitis, Malassezia pachydermatis -- a yeast infection -- dermatophytosis and bacterial infections. In addition to clearing up your dog's skin ailment, Malaseb contains coat conditioners to improve his hair quality. Canines aren't the only animals to benefit from Malaseb -- it's also approved for use in equines and felines.
The active ingredients in Malaseb shampoo include chlorhexidine gluconate and miconazole nitrate. The former is an antibacterial agent, while the latter helps eradicate fungus. The product also contains degreasing agents, necessary for the treatment of seborrhea and other conditions involving excessive oil production.
Shampooing With Malaseb
Apply water and wet your pet's coat thoroughly. Lather Malaseb over the animal's entire body. Allow it to set for 10 minutes, then completely rinse it off. Keep the shampoo out of your pet's eyes and his mucous membranes, and don't let him ingest the lather or shampoo. Your vet will dictate the amount of shampoos necessary for your pet's skin condition. Generally, animals receive twice-weekly shampoos until symptoms abate to some degree, then once-a-week baths will be sufficient.
Malaseb flush is a topical spray with similar ingredients to Malaseb shampoo. Your vet might prescribe this product if you dog suffers from hot spots or for treating certain wounds or lacerations. Apply the spray directly to the skin problem, wiping off excess amounts with a cotton ball or tissue paper. Do not allow your pet to lick the area.