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Dog Skin Infections

Skin infections, referred to as “pyoderma”, literally means “pus in the skin”. Yuck! Bacterial pyodermas can be simple infections or complex infections. Simple infections are those that can occur in younger dogs triggered by one-time or simple events, such as an infestation of fleas. Complex infections are often recurrent and are associated with underlying diseases, such as allergies (food allergy, atopic dermatitis, flea allergy), certain internal diseases such as problems with the thyroid, seborrheic conditions characterized by excessively dry or oily skin, or parasitic diseases.

Pyoderma is often a secondary disease. It is critical to visit your veterinarian so he/she may identify the underlying cause of your dog’s skin infection. Your veterinarian may prescribe medicated shampoos, antibiotics, or other products to relieve your pet’s discomfort.

Below are some products that Virbac has developed to assist in the management of skin infections in dogs. If you have questions about any of these products, be sure to talk with your veterinarian. As with any product you use on your pet, always listen to your veterinarian’s instructions and read the product label.

Our Products
DERMAZOLE™ Shampoo

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DERMAZOLE™ Shampoo

DERMAZOLE™ Shampoo

DERMAZOLE™ Shampoo is a gentle shampoo with antifungal properties designed for use on dogs, cats and horses. DERMAZOLE Shampoo contains salicylic acid, a keratolytic agent which helps to alleviate scales and crust commonly associated with fungal/yeast conditions.

Your Questions Our Answers

Does DERMAZOLE™ Shampoo have any age restrictions?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for use of DERMAZOLE Shampoo.

Does DERMAZOLE Shampoo contain gluten?

The product is gluten-free.


ETIDERM<sup>®</sup> Shampoo

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ETIDERM<sup>®</sup> Shampoo

ETIDERM® Shampoo

ETIDERM® Shampoo is a gentle keratoplastic shampoo with antibacterial properties designed for use in dogs, cats, and horses and contains encapsulated moisturizing agents to prevent drying and irritation.


HEXADENE<sup>®</sup> Shampoo

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HEXADENE<sup>®</sup> Shampoo

HEXADENE® Shampoo

HEXADENE® Medicated Shampoo is formulated with anti-irritant and anti-adhesive properties and is designed for use on dogs, cats and horses to aid in the management of dermatological conditions responsive to 3% chlorhexidine.

Your Questions Our Answers

Does HEXADENE Shampoo have an expiration date?

Yes, the expiration date is located on the bottle.

What precautions should I consider with use of HEXADENE Shampoo?

Keep out of reach of children. Wash hands and exposed skin after use. For external use on animals only. Avoid contact with eyes or mucous membranes. Not for use in ears. If skin irritation develops or increases, discontinue use and consult a veterinarian.

What is HEXADENE Shampoo indicated for?

HEXADENE Shampoo is an antimicrobial shampoo designed for use on dogs, cats and horses with dermatological conditions responsive to chlorhexidine.


KETOCHLOR<sup>®</sup> Shampoo

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KETOCHLOR<sup>®</sup> Shampoo

KETOCHLOR® Shampoo

KETOCHLOR® Shampoo with is a cleansing shampoo with anti-irritant and anti-adhesive properties that aids in the management of conditions responsive to ketoconazole or chlorhexidine. May be used on dogs, cats and horses.

Your Questions Our Answers

Can KETOCHLOR® Shampoo be used on a pregnant or lactating animal?

Virbac does not have any safety studies for use of KETOCHLOR Shampoo on pregnant or lactating animals.

Does KETOCHLOR Shampoo have any age restrictions?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for use of KETOCHLOR Shampoo.


PYOBEN<sup>®</sup> Medicated Shampoo

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PYOBEN<sup>®</sup> Medicated Shampoo

PYOBEN® Medicated Shampoo

PYOBEN® Shampoo has antibacterial properties specifically formulated to aid in the topical treatment of deep cutaneous infections in dogs, cats and horses.

Your Questions Our Answers

Does PYOBEN® Shampoo have any age restrictions?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for PYOBEN Shampoo.

What precautions are needed with PYOBEN Shampoo?

Wash hands and exposed skin after use.  The product contains benzoyl peroxide which MAY BLEACH FABRIC OR CARPET.


DERMACOOL<sup>®</sup> HC Spray

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DERMACOOL<sup>®</sup> HC Spray

DERMACOOL® HC Spray

DERMACOOL®-HC Spray is a topical spray specifically formulated to aid in the temporary relief of inflammation and itching associated with common skin conditions in dogs and cats.

Your Questions Our Answers

Does DERMACOOL® HC Spray contain Witch Hazel?

The product contains Hamamelis extract which is commonly known as Witch Hazel.

Does DERMACOOL HC Spray contain alcohol?

Yes, DERMACOOL HC Spray contains alcohol.


DERMACOOL<sup>®</sup> Spray with Lidocaine

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DERMACOOL<sup>®</sup> Spray with Lidocaine

DERMACOOL® Spray with Lidocaine

This gentle and cooling spray contains lidocaine, a treatment that helps provide temporary relief of itching and inflammation. Your veterinarian may prescribe this product to soothe the discomfort associated with skin lesions or "hot spots."

Your Questions Our Answers

Does DERMACOOL® Spray with Lidocaine contain a lick deterrent?

The product contains denatonium benzoate which is a bitter compound that deters a pet from licking where it is applied on the skin.  After applying to the affected area, keep the pet preoccupied to allow the product to fully dry.


HEXADENE<sup>®</sup> Flush Solution

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HEXADENE<sup>®</sup> Flush Solution

HEXADENE® Flush Solution

HEXADENE® Flush is a topical solution with antiseptic properties containing with an appealing floral fragrance.  May be used in dogs, cats, and horses. 

Your Questions Our Answers

I see that HEXADENE® Flush contains SPHERULITES® Microcapsules.  What are SPHERULITES Microcapsules?

SPHERULITES Microcapsules are an exclusive encapsulation system that provides slow release of key ingredients long after product application.

What is the fragrance of HEXADENE Flush?

It has an appealing floral fragrance.

Does HEXADENE Flush have an expiration date?

Yes, the expiration date is located on the bottle. 

What precautions should I consider with use of HEXADENE Flush?

Keep out of reach of children. Wash hands and exposed skin after use. Indicated for topical use on animals only. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Consult a veterinarian before using on a debilitated animal. If condition does not show improvement after one week, discontinue use of the product and consult your veterinarian.

What is HEXADENE Flush indicated for?

HEXADENE Flush is a topical antiseptic solution formulated for use on dogs, cats, and horses. It is for topical use on animals only.


PYOBEN<sup>®</sup> Gel

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PYOBEN<sup>®</sup> Gel

PYOBEN® Gel

PYOBEN® Gel is specifically formulated to aid in the topical management of deep cutaneous infections in dogs, cats and horses.

Your Questions Our Answers

What precautions are needed with PYOBEN Gel?

Wash hands and exposed skin after use.  The product contains benzoyl peroxide which MAY BLEACH FABRIC OR CARPET.


RESI KETOCHLOR<sup>®</sup> Leave-on Lotion

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RESI KETOCHLOR<sup>®</sup> Leave-on Lotion

RESI KETOCHLOR® Leave-on Lotion

RESI KETOCHLOR® Leave-On Lotion is formulated with anti-irritant and anti-adhesive properties and is designed to aid in the management of conditions responsive to ketoconazole or chlorhexidine. This lotion allows for ease of application and prolonged contact time of the ingredients with the skin and hair coat without rinsing. May be used on dogs, cats and horses.

Your Questions Our Answers

Does RESI KETOCHLOR® Leave-on Lotion have any age restrictions?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for RESI KETOCHLOR Leave-on Lotion.


If you have questions about any of these products or specific concerns about your pet’s health, print out our Checkup Checklist and contact your veterinarian.