With all the shampoos available for your dog, it's hard to pick one. Add in all the marketing to the quantity of options, and it's even less clear what you should be bathing your dog with. Your best bet is to get a shampoo recommendation from your vet or groomer. If your pet has seborrhea or an allergic skin condition, dry skin or sensitive skin, Virbac Allergroom shampoo may be a suitable choice.
Virbac Allergroom shampoo is designed for regular and even frequent use for cleaning your dog. Its soap-free and hypoallergenic formulation makes it gentle on sensitive skin and safe for use on most dogs with allergies to common cleansers. It also has emollient properties to help remedy dry skin and antiseborrheic action to help soothe seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition causing itchy, dry, flaky, red, scaly or otherwise irritated skin. The shampoo also leaves a protective film over your dog's skin to minimize bacterial or fungal growth. Additionally, Allergroom's active ingredients are encapsulated for slow release to provide long-term relief from skin conditions.
Follow your vet's recommendations for how to best use Virbac Allergroom shampoo on your dog, as the specifics of her skin condition affect the best approach to management. Remember to read and follow the instructions and warnings on the label. Shake the bottle well before use. Wet your dog thoroughly with warm water. Use the product liberally and rub it into your dog's skin and coat to create a good lather. Start at her head and work your way back, finishing with her legs. Keep the shampoo out of her ears, eyes, nose and mouth and off mucous membranes. Leave the shampoo in place for five to 10 minutes, then rinse your dog completely with warm water. Store the bottle in a safe place, out of the reach of children and animals, between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Allergroom shampoo features Virbac's patented Spherulites technology. This is the microencapsulation system that provides the slow-release properties, giving your dog extended relief from her seborrhea symptoms. The shampoo also contains chitosanide, which is responsible for the protective biopolymer film on your dog that protects her skin against the bacteria, fungus and yeast that can aggravate and infect seborrhea and dry skin.
Virbac's Allergroom shampoo is for external use only; if your dog or a person ingests it, contact your vet or doctor right away. The shampoo may irritate your dog's eyes, so rinse them thoroughly in the event of contact. If irritation persists, consult your vet. While this shampoo is made with a non-irritating, hypoallergenic formulation, irritation and allergic reactions are still possible. If you observe signs of either, including redness, soreness, swelling, rash, hives, itching or difficulty breathing, rinse the product off immediately and contact your vet right away; any allergic reaction requires emergency veterinary attention.
Eric Mohrman has been a freelance writer since 2007, focusing on travel, food and lifestyle stories. His creative writing is also widely published. He lives in Orlando, Florida.