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Shampoo Allergy

Hi Everyone! Our 1 1/2 year old Golden, Nash, seems to be allergic to shampoo. At first we thought it was a food or environmental allergy, but after many trials, we have found that the rashes, hot spots and itching only happen right after a bath. We didn’t bathe him for almost 8 months, recently tried a bath again, and he is miserable. We have tried non-soap, oatmeal based and prescription shampoos- all the same. We even tried an ACV rinse on him after the shampoo is washed off. He is miserable (biting and itching) at himself for about a month after the bath. Then that leads to the hot spots, and bald spots from him biting at himself. It’s tough not having the option to bathe your dog!

Has anyone else encountered this issue?!
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I have not but I wonder if you are getting him dry enough after each bath. I bought a dog blow dryer because Rukie's hair is so much denser than my previous Goldens and I read on the forum that damp fur can lead to hotspots.


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I'd also want to know if he's being dried well afterwards, as not doing so can cause all of those issues you listed.

My dog has issues with shampoo, as well. Eqyss Microtek, diluted 25-50% with water works great for him. It's the only thing I have found that doesn't make him itch, and I follow it up with their conditioner.
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Stupid question, but are you sure you're completely rinsing out the shampoo?? I also second the dryness afterwards.


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I use Earthbath Aloe & tee tree shampoo. But wash in warm water, rinse well with running water and use a blow dryer. Not sure if this medicated shampoo will help or hurt just throwing it out there. I'm sure all this is making you crazy but process of elimination is the only way to figure it out without allergy testing. Good luck!
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What happens if he goes swimming?

If the same thing happens then - then you know it's not related to any shampoo.

If you give your dog a bath - would strongly recommend either making sure he's completely dry before bedtime, or find a way to blow him completely dry.

I don't always dry my dogs after baths - but those are cases where they get baths in the morning or early afternoon and are completely dry on their own by the time they go to bed.

I think dogs who go to bed with damp coats are more likely to develop skin issues - not just because they are going to sleep with a wet coat, but that's making their beds wet and giving bacteria time/opportunity to grow there as well.

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Thanks for all the input, everyone!

We take EXTRA care to make sure all the shampoo is rinsed out and he is dried COMPLETELY right after with a heavy duty dog dryer. It definitely does the trick in terms of drying him. He usually hangs out outside in the sun for a while afterwards, as well. He is always completely dry within ten minutes of the bath.

Doing the ACV rinse after the shampoo is even another check to make sure all the shampoo has been rinsed off.

He has swam in creeks, played in the ocean, as well as gotten drenched in sprinklers and never has the itching issue afterwards. Just getting wet with water and then drying him off doesn’t trigger any reactions- hence why I really think it’s the shampoo 😞
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Thanks for all the input, everyone!

We take EXTRA care to make sure all the shampoo is rinsed out and he is dried COMPLETELY right after with a heavy duty dog dryer. It definitely does the trick in terms of drying him. He usually hangs out outside in the sun for a while afterwards, as well. He is always completely dry within ten minutes of the bath.
So my question is this- ALWAYS dry within 10 min of a bath? Does he have no coat? I have a k9III and even a bitch who's just blown totally from a litter takes longer than 10 min to dry. I know that's not what you asked about but I wonder if the definition of completely dry may be playing into this problem for you.

Do you dry with the direction of his coat or against? If with, you may not actually be drying him to the skin.

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So my question is this- ALWAYS dry within 10 min of a bath? Does he have no coat? I have a k9III and even a bitch who's just blown totally from a litter takes longer than 10 min to dry. I know that's not what you asked about but I wonder if the definition of completely dry may be playing into this problem for you.

Do you dry with the direction of his coat or against? If with, you may not actually be drying him to the skin.

I have the same question. My dog has a moderate coat and it takes me a good 40 min with a 4hp dryer to get him completely dry down to the skin. I might be able to get his top coat dry in 10 min, but certainly not down to the skin.
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I am a professional groomer. Shampoo allergy is definitely a thing-my first golden I could only use one specific shampoo on, if I tried anything else she'd break out in hives or hot spots. Also had a client with a chocolate lab who could only be bathed in Johnson's baby shampoo (normally NOT something I would recommend-its just what that owner and their vet worked out for that specific dog). It is not common, but some dogs do have allergic reactions to certain shampoos. What shampoo are you using? I have been using a new shampoo I just discovered about 3 years ago and have never had any dog have any issues with it yet. I like it so much that its all I use now. Its called Trophy Line Mane-ly Long Hair; they have a shampoo, conditioner and a leave in detangler/polisher (which is really nice because it works like nothing else on tangles and it doesn't weigh down the coat or leave residue). Some other shampoos that I have used in the past on dogs with sensitive skin are Best Shot oatmeal shampoo and Tropiclean oatmeal shampoo. My golden who had the shampoo allergy could only be bathed in Gold Medal Pets oatmeal shampoo (I tried Tropiclean and Best Shot and she still broke out with those. I didn't discover Mane-ly until after she passed.)

If shampoo isn't the issue, than I agree with the others about making sure the coat is thoroughly rinsed and dried. And 10 minutes of drying isn't going to do it for a golden. Shoot I can't even dry a pug in 10 minutes and they don't even have much hair! Average golden is going to take at least 40 minutes to an hour to dry-and that is with a really high quality dryer like a Cool Dry Extreme or a K9II or III. A cheaper dryer will take longer. Blow the whole coat against the direction of growth, then blow it back with the direction of growth and keep repeating back and forth until you think the coat is dry; then do it a couple more times (making sure you end by blowing the coat with the direction of growth so the hair lays flat).
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