Everyone knows what shampoos are for – they’re used to clean our bodies, but they also make us feel and smell good. It’s the same deal for dogs, too.
A shampoo is always needed when you give your dog a bath. It helps clean up the body, and it also washes off the entrenched gunk and excess oil. This usually has the pleasant side effect of removing that ‘dog smell’ they get when it’s been a while since their last bath.
Baths are Important When Treating Mange
Shampoos and baths can have other purposes as well such as opening and preparing the skin for more effective mite treatment.
The favorite hangout of Demodex mites is inside the hair follicles, which is a snug fit and a very safe place to for a hungry mite to hide. The tight quarters of a follicle packed with mites is a serious problem because Mite Avenge (or any other topical mite treatment) can’t kill them if it can’t touch them.
Ugh, What a Mess!
But the problem gets worse. Demodex mites feed on cellular proteins, systemic yeast, dietary yeast and/or sugars in the system that are found in the follicles and pores.
As the mites burrow deeper and deeper down (easily 5-6 layers deep), they push back a backlog of waste, sebum, and debris that further clogs the follicles. Unless this is removed and the follicle is kept clear, the mite treatment can’t get down to the mites to kill them!
This is why the Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo is required. It’s considered to be one of the best deep cleaning agents available for pets and it is widely accepted as a mandatory requirement for treating mange. So much so that Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo is used interchangeably with the term ‘mange shampoo’.
Benzoyl Peroxide To The Rescue
Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo has anti-bacterial properties and it can degrease the gunkiest oily dog, however, its most sterling quality is its unique ability to ‘flush’ the hair follicles. Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo softens the skin, opens the pores and helps remove to blockages. It’s been rumored that some very mild cases of mange have even been cured by shampooing alone because the mites were exposed and flushed away.
Benzoyl Peroxide is Great For Demodectic & Sarcoptic Mange
This shampoo is helpful for softening and conditioning the skin before treating for Sarcoptic mange but it is essential when treating demodectic mites. On an ongoing basis, it clears out blockages and maintains an exposed environment. When Demodex mites die they dump all their toxins and turn somewhat gelatinous, which makes for an unhealthy situation, not to mention further blocking the follicle. Continued use of the medicated shampoo is important until all traces of the mites have been gone for several months.
Don’t Use Human Shampoo:
When buying a Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo, make absolutely sure to only use shampoo made exclusively for pets. Human versions of this shampoo are much too concentrated for dog use and would do more harm than good.
And don’t try to make your own by adding Benzoyl Peroxide acne medication to regular shampoo.
A side benefit to using this shampoo is that it flushes the excess oil secreted by the dog’s body. This grease is primarily what gives off that ‘doggy smell’, and it’s also food for the mites. So while you are cleaning your pet, you’re also reducing one of the mites’ food sources.
Use Coconut Oil for Dry Skin
There is a possibility that aggressive use of Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo may cause skin drying. Dry skin can easily be relieved by rubbing coconut oil into the dry areas several times a day. (Just wait 24 hours after you’ve applied your next Mite Avenge treatment before resuming oil application.)
Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo is one of the best friends you’ll have while treating mites.
Flush & Kill Shampoo
By the way… we carry Flush & Kill Shampoo, one of the best Benzoyl Peroxide pet shampoos you can buy. It’s formulated with a more effective 1-3 micron size Benzoyl Peroxide powder, and it penetrates the skin more easily than the other shampoos on the market.
- Flushes and opens skin to better absorb topical treatments
- Helps kill mites
- Promotes healthy skin regrowth
- Reduces yeast and bacteria
- For Demodectic and Sarcoptic mange