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Old 05-09-2019, 09:40 AM
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Skin problem

My dogs skin problem started a little over a month ago when we ran out of dog shampoo so we just used our kids shampoo instead. Well she broke out in bumps all over so we then went and got an oatmeal dog shampoo which gave us immediate results but there were still some bumps breaking out so then I poured listerine on her skin and that helped even more. However, its been over a month and she is still gets a few bumps per week. Any idea on any treatment that might help eliminate these bumps she continues to get? She had never had a skin irritation until we used human shampoo on her.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:36 AM
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Listerine? If the skin had any wounds or cracks it must have hurt her! And the minty smell must have tortured her poor nose and eyes!

What you describe with the bumps in her skin, sounds like folliculitis, a bacterial infection of the hair follicles. The antibacterial properties of the mouthwash may have been the reason why the skin showed some improvement after the Listerine use.
The human shampoo disrupted her natural skin oils-barrier and this can clear the way for bacteria to settle in. A medicated shampoo might still be needed to clear it completely. A vet can properly diagnose what's going on with those bumps and give you better guidance how to proceed.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:57 AM
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My dog had a bacterial skin infection. It required veterinary care and would not have resolved without prescription medication.

I'm all for avoiding pharmeceuticals whenever possible, but dogs' skin is very delicate. For that matter, so is the ecosystem; we (humans)have been overusing and misusing antibiotics for way too long for me to feel comfortable using somebody else's leftovers on my dog without medical supervision.

I don't have to agree with my vet about everything, but I do have to rely on somebody else's experience and education when my dog needs medical attention.
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