Can I use Regal’s Skin Healing Shampoo together with the Skin Healing Spray and the Skin Care Remedy?
Yes, you can use these products together. The shampoo is a complementary product to the Skin Care Remedy and along with other products in Regal’s skincare range these products work to offer a comprehensive, holistic solution for treating skin problems in dogs. Bathing a dog with itchy skin from allergies can be soothing and help reduce itching. The shampoo formula is pH-balanced and cleans and conditions the coat while fighting the problem of itchy skin, reducing skin odours and healing skin complaints. This product has been pH balanced to pH7.
How do I maintain the pH levels of my dog’s skin?
The pH levels of your dog’s skin are important because an imbalance in these levels can cause no end of skin problems, leading to a breeding ground for bacteria, parasites and viruses. According to petmd, the normal range of skin pH levels for humans is 5.2 to 6.2 (more acidic) and for dogs, depending on size and breed, it is 5.5 to 7.5 (which is more alkaline). Also, a dog’s skin is much more delicate as it is only 3-5 cells thick (in humans it is about 10-15 cells thick) and hence very susceptible to bacteria if this balance is not maintained. To maintain the pH levels of your dog’s skin it is vital to use dog-specific shampoos because they are formulated specifically with your dog’s pH levels in mind (check the box before purchasing to make doubly sure). Human shampoos are designed to replenish and moisturise skin according to our human pH levels, and if we use these on our dogs, it will upset their delicate skin’s pH balance, leaving them vulnerable to infection and disease. Infections will then lead to a further deterioration in your dog’s skin condition, which in turn leads to more washing, and if you continue with the incorrect soap, it soon becomes a vicious cycle.
How often should I wash my dog?
There is no definite guideline as to how often you should wash your dog. Some breeds have longer hair and prefer outdoor play which means their coats will accumulate more dirt than an indoor dog. So the idea is to wash your dog when he is dirty or smelly. As a general rule some veterinarians recommend you bath a dog with normal skin once a month. Often, regular brushing will go a long way to keeping the dog’s coat and skin in good condition, reducing the need for frequent baths. Note, you CAN wash your dog too much! Washing your dog too often can strip the skin of the essential oils needed to rejuvenate the skin cells, which can cause skin problems. If your dog suffers from skin problems, it is best to seek advice from your vet on how often you should wash your dog, and whether you should be using a medicated shampoo specifically for problem skins.
My dog has oily skin – how often should I wash him?
Oily, greasy fur is most commonly diagnosed as a condition known as seborrhoea, but check with your veterinarian before embarking on any treatment. There are many reasons your dog may suffer from seborrhoea, from diet to allergies, to parasites, and certain breeds are more prone than others. An awful rancid smell is often accompanied with this kind of condition. Medicated shampoo is often the suggested treatment but consult with your veterinarian as to which one would be best for your dog’s breed and condition. Benzoyl peroxide is the most common ingredient to treat oily skin as it lifts the oily scales and also has anti-bacterial and anti-itch properties. Each shampoo differs as to how often you should bath your dog- it also depends on the severity of the condition – but it is more often than not a few times a week, until your dog’s condition improves. Most of the shampoos recommend lathering and then leaving the shampoo on for at least 10 to 15 minutes, before rinsing well, but be sure to follow the directions on the bottle.
My dog has dry skin – how often should I wash him?
Dry, flaking skin can also be diagnosed as seborrhoea (see above) but again, before you treat your dog, consult a veterinarian to determine the exact cause. If seborrhoea is diagnosed, medicated shampoo can certainly help – simply follow the directions as to how often shampooing should take place. Also look for shampoos or products that contain soothing ingredients such as natural, moisturising ingredients like shea butter, aloe and oatmeal. Washing your dog too often – especially with the incorrect soap – can also cause dry, itchy skin. Also his diet and lifestyle could be contributing factors. Make sure he is eating quality dog food, is well hydrated, and brush him regularly (to stimulate cell renewal). If all else fails, take him to the vet to rule out anything more serious, in which case medication might be necessary.
|Brands||Regal Pet Health|
|Product Feature||Skin & Coat|
|Breed Size||All Breeds|
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