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Today, in this new blog of spanieldogs.com, we will be looking at the usage benefits and side-effects of the ‘Hibiscrub’. So without any further ado, let’s start with our topic.
Hibiscrub is a brand of dog-friendly antiseptic washing solution, used to treat body wounds, infections, and even eczema in canines. The solution contains Chlorhexidine and many other essential factors that efficiently work together to get rid of most bacteria, fungi, and viral components. Some vets also use the solution to treat oral infections, making it a multi-purpose medication.
Loaded with the benefits of chlorhexidine gluconate, Hibiscrub in reality is an antiseptic hand wash used by medical staff frequently. It’s special composition makes them the best product for any fungal, bacterial and even viral skin infections. It generally comes in concentrated fluid form, however, some topical creams or even lotions may also have the same ingredient.
Being used for decades now, the composition has been proven highly effective for oral hygiene and relief from skin infections in dogs. Although it has its own share of pros and cons, this is no wonder the first choice of vets when dealing with nasty manges or skin contaminations.
Where can I use Hibiscrub for my dog?
Hibiscrub is often advised in cases where a dog has been diagnosed with an alarming skin or oral infection that has a high communicability. Some of these include an intense skin infection, halitosis or moist eczema. Although their onset might seem not much to worry about, your pup is the one that is suffering the most.
For instance, moist eczema is related to numerous hot spots suddenly popping out on a certain part of their body from where it quickly spreads to other healthier spots. The skin becomes painfully swollen, red, and filled with clear liquid that upon bursting infects other nearby cells. The dog will also react with constant licking, nipping or licking at the place when kept ignored for long.
Hibiscrub is also highly effective against flea infections, so adding a few drops onto your pet’s shampoo can keep them protected from these nasty critters for a long time.
Is it safe to put Hibiscrub on dogs?
Pertaining to its high amounts of chlorhexidine, Hibiscrub is generally safe for all canines. This is because when applied the solution has a high penetration capability which aids in complete removal of opportunistic harmful microbes lurking around in your pooch’s body.
The formula acts by breaking down the external barrier of the bacteria, virus, or fungi, thereby exposing their insides to the solution. As a result, when used all dirt and germs are removed without much effort, aiding proper healing of the injury.
How to use Hibiscrub on dogs?
Although Hibiscrub is a great antiseptic solution, there are proper steps to using it on a dog. You can’t just open the solution and pour it directly on their exposed skin, without giving any proper thought.
So first of all, the most important step is consulting with your vet about the dosage quantity. It is highly crucial to remember that not all canines can tolerate the concentrated formula, and hence some breeds might require a much diluted solution. The same also depends upon the severity of the case, as you don’t want to aggravate the case even more.
Now, proceeding further with the other steps, you will need to:
- Disinfect your hands properly before proceeding to applying the solution. You don’t want more microbes to trouble your already anguished pup. It is also better to use a glove to keep contamination in check.
- Apply the advised dosage of Hibiscrub onto the affected part directly. Based upon your vet’s directions, you may have to dilute the concentrated solution prior to applying the medication on the target.
- Once done, start rubbing the solution gently until it starts foaming. The foam aids eradicate all nuisance causing factors from the pooh’s body, thereby improving their healing process by a lot.
- Allow the cleaner to stay on the skin for at least a minute before rinsing it off with warm water. Subjecting it to cold water may not be for the best as it can lead to severe irritation afterwards.
- Finally pat dry with a clean cotton cloth. Never rub the skin just to get rid of any dead skin, as it will only wind up doing more bad than good.
While these steps are for a Hibiscrub liquid solution, there may be a few changes here and there in the whole process when using a lotion with the component in it.
Are there any side-effects to the medication?
Just like any other medication, inappropriate usage of chlorhexidine can be severely harmful on your pooch. It is essential to remember that the solution is composed of chemicals and no chemical (no matter how diluted) can ever be completely safe for both humans or animals.
So, keeping that in mind, here are a few pointers that can help prevent you from exposing your beloved four-legged companion to the harsh side effects of the formula.
- Never apply the solution or any topical cream with chlorhexidine gluconate in it to your canine’s open wounds. Although they do a great job cleaning the site up, they also get rid off any new cells that may be building up at the site, thereby dealing with the natural healing process. Hence, the solution is only best advised to be used after the wound has got its new coating and is no more exposed.
- Similar to human beings, some dogs may also display sensitivity or severe allergic reaction to the solution. That is why doing a patch test is greatly crucial before rubbing the solution onto their recently recovered wound. Some common side-effects or reactions to the formula include irritation, or visibly reddening and swelling of the wound. Due to the pain, your pup may start whining, requiring you to wash off the solution or cream instantly.
- Although there has been no known disadvantages of using the product, when applying the solution or even an ointment or cream with chlorhexidine it is better to put on a pet cone or Buster collar. The protection device will prevent the pet from licking on to their wounds and hence swallow the chemical composition. Why take any chance with your beloved pooch’s health and life when there are already cost effective ways available in the market.
In this blog we have covered everything that is there to know about using Hibiscrub to relieve a dog’s itchy skin. For more interesting updates, don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list at spanieldogs.com.
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