Malaseb side effects in dogs

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Malaseb is a medicated shampoo for dogs who are suffering from a variety of skin conditions. Miconazole is the active ingredient. It is used to alleviate fungal and yeast skin infections and is a cure for ringworm. Malaseb shampoo also contains ingredients to help nourish the coat of your dog.

If you're using Malaseb shampoo, be aware that some canines can have a bad reaction to this product.

Vomiting and Difficulty Breathing

One of the most common problems associated with the use of Malaseb shampoo is the tendency of dogs to lick it off of their coat. The shampoo needs to be left on the coat for five to 10 minutes, which means you need to watch your dog closely during this time. If the dog does try to lick the shampoo, prevent it as much as possible. If ingestion occurs and results in vomiting, seek veterinary help immediately. Malaseb will irritate the lining of the stomach walls, which can cause your dog to throw up and cause its oesophagus to swell. This may lead to difficult breathing until the swelling goes down.

Eye, Nose and Throat Irritation

The chemicals in Malaseb shampoo can burn and irritate your dog's eyes considerably. This irritation can lead to infection. Malaseb shampoo will actually cause changes within the eye itself, so it is very important to flush your dog's eyes thoroughly with water and seek veterinary help as soon as possible. Keeping Malaseb away from the nose is also advisable because pets can aspirate the fumes from the medicated shampoo. This can cause irritation in the lungs and in the respiratory tracts, resulting in swelling of the throat and difficulty breathing. This is also a case for immediate veterinary attention.

Allergic Reaction

Sometimes a dog's skin will be too sensitive for this particular medication and will develop an allergic reaction. Symptoms include hives or redness all over the animal's body. Your dog's body will release too much histamine, which causes excessive itching. In very severe allergic reactions, swelling of the face, throat or nose may occur--which could quickly turn into an emergency. An allergic reaction to Malaseb shampoo, regardless of its severity, should always be checked out by a veterinarian.