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4 of the Best Shampoos for Dogs - Our Recommendations!

Two straightforward reasons dogs need baths are:

  • They just came home from the dog park, covered in mud.
  • They need medication.

But there are many more. Maybe you’re the lucky owner whose pup just loves the tub!

Besides water, there’s one thing you always need at bath time: shampoo. There are a lot of dog shampoos out there, though. How do you know which is best for your pup?

We’ve got you covered!

Check out the list of shampoos we recommend and use on dogs at Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital. You can buy each of these online, but we have them all at our office as well. Feel free to purchase a bottle during your next visit!

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Your Dog Has Normal Skin

1. Desert Almond Shampoo

For dogs with normal (non-itchy) skin, we highly recommend Desert Almond Shampoo by Groomer’s Edge. We use it on the pups that board with us or see our groomers and don’t require medicated shampoo. Oatmeal-based and full of vitamins, it’s extremely gentle and will leave your dog’s fur soft and shining.

Desert Almond Shampoo is a perfect choice for most dogs, especially after trips to the dog park when they’re covered in dozens of unidentifiable odors. Your furbaby will emerge from the tub clean and smelling like almonds.

Desert Almond is also a great choice for cats! You can find a 16-ounce bottle on Amazon or at our office.

Your Dog Has Itchy Skin

If your pup suffers from itchy skin, we highly recommend using a medicated shampoo. Itchiness can lead to more complications, such as:

  • Skin irritation
  • Cuts
  • Scarring

Before you use a medicated product, bring your dog in for an appointment to get to the bottom of the itchies. We’ll be able to tell if it’s allergies, fleas, or something else. And we’ll find the best shampoo for your pup’s condition.

The shampoos below are the medicated products we use for dogs that come to our groomers suffering from:

2. DOUXO® Calm Shampoo

DOUXO Calm Shampoo is a regular choice at Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital. A medicated, soap-free shampoo, it’s perfect for dogs that suffer from allergic dermatitis, pruritus, or have sensitive skin.

The formula is simple:

  • Oatmeal
  • Lipids
  • Plant extracts that moisturize your pup’s skin
  • Phytosphingosine – It sounds complicated, but its job is straightforward: Promote a healthy skin barrier.

You can find bottles on Amazon, but if you think it would work better for your pet as a micro-emulsion spray or a gel, that’s available too.

Are you more of a cat person? DOUXO Calm is good for them as well!

3. DOUXO Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo

Also part of the DOUXO line, another dog shampoo we recommend is Chlorhexidine PS. As with Calm, it is a medicated, soap-free shampoo, but it’s meant for more severe skin irritations and conditions. The ingredients allow for treatment of bacterial and malassezia skin infections and can help control:

  • Yeasts
  • Fungi
  • Inflammation

Long-lasting, Chlorhexidine PS can help keep your pup comfortable and prevent their skin from losing moisture or drying out.

We highly recommend treating itchy skin with shampoo that won’t irritate your pet, and DOUXO Chlorhexidine PS is a great choice for managing certain conditions.

Available as a micro-emulsion spray and shampoo, you can also find it in pads, which are perfect for dogs or cats with folds or severely affected areas.

4. DOUXO Seborrhea Shampoo

DOUXO Seborrhea is a shampoo we use for dogs that suffer from seborrheic conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis—better known as “greasy dandruff.” Exactly like it sounds, seborrheic dermatitis can give your furbaby dandruff with fur that appears and feels greasy. It’s a chronic condition, so it’s nice to give your pet some relief. In addition to reducing these symptoms, DOUXO Seborrhea can prevent comebacks of the dermatitis and reduce inflammation, as well as moisturize, helping to repair the skin barrier.

DOUXO Seborrhea works great for dogs, but it also has a benefit for humans! It controls sebum production. Sebum is a major cause of dog allergies in humans. If anyone in your home or any of your friends are allergic to your pet, this shampoo could be the perfect addition to the bath as it eliminates excess sebum.

DOUXO Seborrhea is most commonly used for greasy dandruff in both cats and dogs, but it can also be used to treat:

  • Mixed seborrhea
  • Seborrhea sicca
  • Seborrhea oleosa

You can find DOUXO Seborrhea in three ways:

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Why Medicated Shampoos Are Important

If your dog suffers from itchy skin, whether from allergic dermatitis or something more serious, it may be time to see the vet. Some breeds, such as Labrador retrievers and Basset Hounds, are more prone to skin conditions, such as greasy dandruff, which makes treatment a must. We can help diagnose your pet’s issue and offer ways to reduce their inflammation, discomfort, and symptoms, making your pup much more comfortable.

Even though medicated shampoos and regular baths with them can help many skin irritations and conditions, we know not all owners feel comfortable or are physically able to give their dogs baths. We also know that some dogs really dislike getting them!

That’s why our groomers are perfectly happy to take care of bath time for you. For pets with skin irritations, we use the three medicated shampoos we recommended above, depending on the animal’s condition:

  • DOUXO Calm Shampoo
  • DOUXO Seborrhea Shampoo
  • DOUXO Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo

For dogs without skin irritations, we regularly use Desert Almond Shampoo.

If you’d like to schedule a grooming appointment for your dog or would like to get to the bottom of your pet’s skin condition, don’t hesitate to call us at 281-693-7387!

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The Team @ Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital

Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital serves Katy, TX and the surrounding areas with a dedication and passion for our animal friends that is unmatched. Our veterinarians are highly trained, experienced, and compassionate when it comes to giving your pet the care they deserve. If your companion is in need of emergency care, a dental cleaning, grooming, or just a check-up, we would love to see them! Call 281-693-7387 to make an appointment quickly and easily.

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