If you have a four-legged furry best friend who wags their tail whenever they are happy, zoom past you several times when they get excited and love to chew on every possible item that they find intriguing, then you would know how much they love to roll on the grass, dirt, puddles, and everything cute.
Yes, we are talking about dogs and how they love to play around with their friends in the dog park, wrestle with them, and then race to fetch the ball you just threw.
All this running, rolling, wrestling is the cutest thing one would see in a day. But only dog owners know the hassle that one must go through to get our furry best friends clean and fresh again.
So here we are with the 7 best antifungal shampoos for your dog which will keep their coat shiny and smooth while protecting their skin from the attacking pathogens, specifically, Fungal infection.
But before we begin,
What exactly is a fungal infection?
Fungal infections of your dog’s skin can be difficult to detect since the scratching and clawing that precede these conditions is sometimes misinterpreted as the consequence of dry skin or flea bites.
Indian Vets frequently find two types of cutaneous fungal infections in dogs –
1. Ringworm – Dermatophytes, sometimes known as ringworm in dogs, are caused by a group of pathogenic fungus. When a dog comes into direct touch with an infected animal, person, or item, this might happen.
2. Yeast infection – The Malassezia pachydermatis fungus causes fungal dermatitis, often known as yeast dermatitis or Malassezia dermatitis, in dogs.
The yeast that typically resides in your dog’s ears, mucocutaneous.
Intense itching, dry or crusty skin, especially around your dog’s nails, skin folds, armpits, and anal area, are all symptoms of this fungal illness, which can also cause ear infections.
Selecting a shampoo for your dog can be a difficult task for the owners. Here are some factors you need to weigh in before you buy the perfect shampoo for your furry best friend.
What breed is your dog?
Different dog breeds are susceptible to fungus infections on varying levels, exotic breeds which aren’t exactly made for the Indian Climate are more prone to infections as their genes aren’t evolved to withstand the Tropical or Temperate climates.
What type of coat does your dog have?
You must’ve heard of Single coated dogs which have only one (Outer) layer of fur with lesser or no insulation (Second or Inner) layer and the Double coated dogs with an outer layer to Repel water, dust, or the grass (When your dog rolls on the grass and you don’t stop them because it’s cute) and the second coat to provide insulation from the cold and regulate their body temperature
How often do you give your dog a bath?
If you have a Labrador who loves to play in the water, you might have to give them a bath once every week.
Whereas if you have a Husky, you rarely need to bathe them as they are very hygienic, but that does not mean that they are immune to infections.
It just increases the risk as their coat stays unwashed for days and acts as a perfect habitat for the infection-causing pathogens.
For the dogs that need regular bathing, a mild shampoo is ideal whereas for the dogs who rarely need a bath should be bathed with a slightly stronger alternative.
What kind of odor does your dog have?
Different dog breeds have different odors.
Siberian Huskies for example, rarely give out any odor whereas Labradors have a distinct smell. Different shampoos work differently when it comes to odor.
Some completely get rid of any and every smell while on the other hand, some have fruity or floral fragrances that make your pooch smell like spring.
List of 7 best antifungal shampoos for Dogs-
1. Captain Zack – Barking Up The Tea Tree Dog Shampoo
Captain Zack’s ‘Barking up the tea tree’ shampoo is anti-microbial and anti-fungal.
Tea Tree’s natural actives have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the coat and skin, minimize skin irritation and inflammation, and keep parasites and other insects away from your dog.
It also moisturizes and nourishes their coat while relieving skin diseases such as skin rashes, irritation, itching, and fungal infections in dogs.
Organic substances such as Tea Tree Oil and Vitamin E Oil, which have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities, have been utilized to improve the general skin health of your dog.
The best part, it has no harsh chemicals and is purely VEGAN, Yep, nature is not hurt in any way while making this shampoo so you can give your dog a wholesome play bath.
2. Amorite® Anti Tick & Flea Dog Shampoo for pet with Neem & Tulsi
Amorite anti-tick and flea shampoo can be used for all pets and is especially good for cattos and doggos. It has Ghrit Kumari , Aritha, Neem, and Kapur (Please contact your nearest sweet grandma for further details on the ingredients). In simple words, ITS GOOD FOR YOUR POOCH!
Amorite anti-tick dog shampoo, which combines essential oils and plant-based components, kills ticks and fleas on dogs, cats, and puppies.
It protects dogs and cats against skin infections and itching, as well as improves the overall condition of their skin in puppies and kittens.
Ticks and fleas are a serious problem for both dogs and their owners after the risk of infection. Bathe your pets once a week with Amorite Anti-tick dog shampoo to keep ticks and fleas at bay. Here are some other anti-tick shampoos for dogs in India.
3. Papa Pawsome’s Tick Off Waterless Dry Shampoo for Dogs/Puppies
Now, talking about shampoos for your pooch, one shall decide on the shampoo after ensuring that their pooch is ready to take that bath they are so enthusiastically planning on.
Which, in most cases is not true, dogs aren’t fond of baths (Not their fault, I am not fond of them either). Hence, Papa Pawsome’s Waterless shampoo is a perfect choice for you.
Just spray it evenly on your pooch’s coat and let it sink in for about 2 to 3 minutes and then rub off the excess shampoo gently with a clean and dry towel.
It has the goodness of Apple Cider Vinegar which helps the skin to alleviate any present infection while protecting your pooch against future infections, Tea tree oil, and Eucalyptus oil which soothes the itchy skin, Citronella, Cedarwood, and lavender which keeps your pooch calm using aromatherapy.
4. Naturelix Detox Bath Natural Dog Shampoo Plus Conditioner
Are you worried that the chemicals in the shampoo for your dog is damaging their delicate fur?
A luxurious solution to all your pooches’ furry troubles.
Along with deeply cleansing the fur and the Skin of your four-legged friend, it has natural and toxin-free conditioners which keep your pooch looking glamorous all around the week for the celebrity that they are.
It’s a Scientifically formulated dog shampoo and conditioner for a comprehensive bathing experience for your dog.
It nourishes and conditions your pet’s skin and coat to restore healthy texture and strength.
After shampooing your dog, there is no need for a separate conditioner. It saves time and money when compared to just using a conventional dog shampoo and an extra conditioner
5. PetPetals Anti Dandruff & Conditioning Shampoo
When you give your dog a bath with the PetPetals Shampoo, your dog smells like an angel.
This anti-microbial, anti-fungal hydrating shampoo is cruelty-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free. COMPLETELY VEGAN!
PetPetals uses plant-based substances such as neem oil, vitamin E, and eucalyptus oil, which have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic characteristics, to improve general skin health. Give your dog a bath in room temperature water, dry them up and you wouldn’t be able to keep your hands away from their fur.
6. PETVEDA Active – Ayurvedic Itch-Relief, Anti-Dandruff & Anti-Fungal Shampoo
Antifungal and antibacterial properties keep your dog’s coat healthy and clean and soothe your dog’s skin making them feel relaxed.
The natural goodness of aloe vera increases strength and creates a protective barrier that protects the coat from external pathogens while also keeping it moisturized and luscious.
Perfect conditioning shampoo with the goodness of Italian Woodbine, which kills the germs using the naturally secreted aromatic compounds keeping your dog protected from the infectious pathogens while making sure they smell like an orchard.
7. Isle of Dogs Deep Cleaning Shampoo
The Deep Cleaning shampoo by the Isle of Dogs is a delicate yet effective cleansing shampoo that eliminates dirt, filth, and odor from the skin and coat without being abrasive.
This shampoo is devoid of sulfates and parabens and is suitable for all coat types.
So, if you have a lot of dogs at your place that need a deep cleansing shower, then this Isle of Dogs is the solution.
The goal of Isle of Dogs is to help you and your pet form a meaningful connection by enhancing your canine’s overall health, attractiveness, and well-being both inside and out
Because a happy pet means a happier you.