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Q. I gave my dog a bath with human shampoo, now she itches. What should I do?

Answered By
JULIA HENWOOD

A. Human shampoos are too strong for dogs and destroy all the natural oils in the skin. Make sure you have rinsed out all the shampoo totally. Hopefully within a few days the skin will start producing its own natural oils again. If there are other symptoms such as muscle tremors, vomiting or lethargy then you should see your vet. If the itching is really distressing for the dog then a steroid injection maybe indicated by your vet. In future only bath your dog if absolutely necessary ie if it has been recommended by your vet. If she has rolled in something that she shouldn't have then just was that area with a mild baby shampoo or mild pet shampoo.


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