Instructions for lime sulfur dips

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Instructions for lime sulfur dips
Treat skin ailments on your pets with lime sulphur concentrate. (Janie Airey/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Sulphur lime dips are used to treat a plethora of skin diseases on dogs and cats. Once a solution has been prepared, you can cover your dog in the dip for maximum effect. Cats can be sprayed using a hand spray bottle. Use a sponge when applying the solution to your pet's face to prevent the dip from getting in their eyes. Only apply the dip after diagnosis by a vet. Consult your vet if the animal displays any signs of allergic reaction.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • 113gr. lime sulphur
  • 1 gallon of water
  • Sponge
  • Hand sprayer

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  1. 1

    Put on your gloves. Mix 113gr. of lime sulphur per gallon of water. Read instructions carefully before proceeding, as mixing instructions may vary from one product to another.

  2. 2

    Bath your pet and rinse shampoo off with warm water. Pour the entire gallon of lime sulphur over your dog. Work into the animal's fur. Use a sponge to treat areas on the dog's face. Do not get any solution into the dog's eyes.

  3. 3

    Allow to dry. Do not rinse the lime sulphur off. Apply every five to seven days as directed by your vet.


  1. 1

    Wear your gloves. Mix 236ml. of lime sulphur concentrate with 1 gallon of water.

  2. 2

    Put the mixture in a hand spray bottle. For tame cats, spray the fur liberally and work the liquid in with your hands. If your cat resists application, spray through the mesh of a wire cage.

  3. 3

    Use the sponge to apply lime sulphur to the face. Do not get any solution in the cat's eyes.

  4. 4

    Allow the cat to dry. Do not rinse off. Apply twice weekly or as recommended by your vet.

Tips and warnings

  • Store out of reach of children and pets.
  • If the pet should get lime sulphur in its eyes, bathe with water and contact your vet immediately.
  • Lime sulphur may stain porous surfaces and pets with light-coloured fur.
  • May cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. If you notice any adverse effects, contact your vet.
  • Only administer lime sulphur if prescribed by a vet.
  • Do not allow your animal to lick or groom itself after application. Use an Elizabethan collar if necessary.

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