How hydrobaths benefit your dog
To fully understand how a hydrobath works, it is necessary to mention the basics of how your dog’s coat and skin functions.
Dirt and debris bind to the natural oil layer on the skin and coat. Shampoos remove dirt by dissolving this natural oil layer. This oil is essential to prevent dryness and itching, help with flea control, and prevent pollens and irritants having direct access to the skin. Without this layer of oil, your dog’s skin may become irritated and skin issues could develop. Unless your pet has a medical skin condition that requires prescribed medicated shampoos, it is best to minimise the use of shampoos and soaps.
How do I wash my dog without shampoos?
Plain water hydrobaths have been developed to remove dirt and debris through water pressure. The skin is ‘massaged’ by the water, while any accumulated scale or wax is removed. By using plain water, your pet’s skin does not get exposed to any unnecessary chemicals, avoiding irritation and preserving the essential oil layer.
Flea rinses are best applied after the hydrobath as a separate treatment. This prevents the rinse chemicals becoming a ‘mist’ which could be toxic when inhaled. It also allows more accurate dilution and application of the rinse for better results.
Medical skin conditions
A separate treatment with a prescribed medicated shampoo should be used first. The hydrobath is then used to thoroughly cleanse the skin and coat of all dirt, debris, and excess shampoo.
Our experienced veterinary nurses can advise you on the best treatment for your pets skin and coat. Please feel free to discuss any aspects of your pet’s health with the clinic staff.
Talk to your local Greencross Vets team about where you can go for hydrobath services for your dog.