What are antibacterial shampoos?

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Dr. Debra -What are examples antibacterial shampoos? My dogs has some moist red lesions and my vet told me I should wash him in anti-bacterial shampoo.


Denver B. – Lancing, MI


Hi Denver– thanks for your email. An antibacterial shampoo is a shampoo that is formulated to get rid of or kill bacteria. It is often combined with other agents that can help to get rid of bacteria.

Look for antibacterial shampoos that contain benzoyl peroxide, ethyl lactate, or chlorhexidine.

An article that might be helpful to you is Dermatitis in Dogs. Another article you might like is How to Bathe Your Dog.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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