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A shampoo with salicylic acid might help
Fri Dec 3, 2010 12:24
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My rescue from over a year ago, Annie, also has very greasy skin and fur. I've decided she probably had not been neglected as long as the shelter thought, because I have trouble keeping up with it!

She was on fish oil supplements for a while, but I don't think it helped the skin. And she's now on a very low fat diet because she got high triglycerides (a risk factor for diabetes).

I think she has what is called "seborrhea oleosa". Oily seborrhea.

The latest thing that the vet recommended for her skin was a shampoo with salicylic acid in it. That supposedly clears out the pores (it's one thing used for human acne, too). There are several brands that you can get either from a vet or on line. It doesn't take a prescription.

*We* are using Sebolux now--that's what the vet was carrying. I think before, for another dog, we used Sebolyte. I think they were essentially the same.

It seems best to follow the directions to leave it on the pet for 10 minutes. I suds up her body first, then wash her face with a regular "no tears" product. Then after 10 minutes I rinse her thoroughly and use a little Earthbath conditioner.

The vet thought that with weekly shampoos for a month, we could then taper off. It hasn't worked out that way, unfortunately. She still needs to be shampood every 10 days, and weekly would be better.

I keep her coat longer than the typical schnauzer clip, for warmth, but if your dog has very short fur, maybe you could clean up her torso with a washcloth instead of doing the whole bath.

Unfortunately for me, my dog gets carsick easily, so all this is done at home. I think she finally enjoys it (like being petted) though I can't say I enjoy sloshing water on myself in the winter! But she comes out very pretty, and surprisingly soft and sweet-smelling!

  • Thanks again. Pearl, Wed Dec 1 15:48
    Thank you again. I would like to know the name of the special shampoo your are using. Pearl, sweepbroom@hotmail.com (We have five of our own plus foster(s) waiting for their transport).
    • A slight change in my grooming routinemss, Mon Mar 21 10:17
      For my oily-skinned mini, I am still using the salicylic acid shampoo as I described in December. Her skin is much better, but her coat is still unpleasantly oily in less than 2 weeks. So in case the ... more
    • A shampoo with salicylic acid might help — mss, Fri Dec 3 12:24
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