Sulphur shampoo is a topical skin cleanser for dogs. When allergies, mites or atopic dermatitis irritates a dog's skin, a sulphur bath relieves itching and helps skin heal. This inexpensive remedy cures many simple skin problems.
Sulphur shampoo works as a cleanser. The lathering action removes dead skin, scales and loose dirt. Some shampoos contain a degreasing ingredient for removing excess skin oil.
The shampoo contains about 2 percent sulphur. Sulphur is a natural antiseptic used for controlling skin bacteria and fungal infections.
The shampoo may contain salicylic acid, which is an antibacterial agent that helps to relieve itching and remove skin scale.
Wet the dog hair, apply sulphur shampoo, and work into a lather. Leave lather on 5 to 10 minutes, working into the hair. Don't use around the eyes. Rinse well.
The distinctive sulphur odor of the shampoo may remain for several days. But it is not harmful to your pet.
Your veterinarian or groomer may suggest specific sulphur shampoos. Some shampoos are combined with ingredients such as peroxide or glycerin for added benefits.