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The Drake Center offers both routine and specialized medical bathing services using  the HydroSurge Animal Bathing System®.
A re-circulating pump mixes the proper amount of shampoo, air and water and sends it through a hand-held sprayer using a pulsating technique that separates the hair and penetrates even the thickest coats. This process breaks up oils and flushes away dirt, debris, loose hair, dead skin and dander.
Your pet will enjoy the massaging sensation it delivers and you will love how great your pet looks and feels. With a HydroSurge bath, we promise your pet will be cleaner than ever before.


Medical Bathing

Some pets may need frequent medical bathing for the treatment of various skin issues. In such cases, the animal should be bathed with a specially formulated shampoo up to twice weekly, depending on the severity of the disorder.
There are four categories of shampoos used in veterinary dermatology. Your veterinarian will select one that best suits your pet’s needs.
  • Cleansing and grooming: These shampoos are used for routine cleansing and conditioning of the skin.
  • Antiseborrheic: This product is used to treat seborrhea, a condition that results in scaly and/or greasy skin.
  • Antibacterial: This type of shampoo is used to treat topical bacterial infections also known as pyoderma.
  • Antipruritic: These shampoos help soothe the skin and reduce itching.
The Drake Center offers medicated baths with Douxo Chlorhexadine PS shampoo. This cleanser is formulated with an antiseptic foaming solution and a gentle, hypoallergenic base that is used to manage both superficial and severe skin conditions.
If your pet's skin is sensitive and subject to drying, a veterinarian may also suggest following a medicated bath with a moisturizer or spray such as Virbac ResiCORT, an antipruritic, anti-inflammatory leave-on lotion, or Genesis, a topical spray used to control pruritis (itch).
In addition to in-house bathing services, The Drake Center offers grooming products for purchase so our clients can maintain their pet’s healthy skin at home (or just keep him/her looking and smelling good).
  • Douxo Seborrhea shampoo: This product is formulated for animals with dry or greasy dandruff and skin lesions.
  • Douxo Chlorhexadine PS shampoo: This product is formulated for animals with bacterial (pyoderma) or fungal (malassezia) skin infections.
  • Douxo Maintenance shampoo: This product is formulated for animals with sensitive skin.
  • Pyohex: This is an anti-microbial, keratolytic and follicular flushing shampoo for animals with bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
  • MalAcetic: This is an acetic/boric acid shampoo with cortisone and ketoconazole for animals with mild bacterial and fungal infections.
  • ResiCORT: This is an anti-pruritic, anti-inflammatory leave-on lotion for animals with corticosteroid-responsive skin diseases.


Bathing Your Pet at Home

For some skin problems, frequent medicated bathing may be recommended. To properly bathe your pet at home, follow these steps:
  • Any tangles or mats should be brushed out or carefully shaved before bathing. It may be beneficial to shave a long-haired dog if frequent bathing is necessary.
  • Wet your pet thoroughly with luke-warm water. If your pet has a particularly thick hair coat, make sure to wet him/her especially well. Also, pay special attention to hard to reach areas, like the armpits and groin.
  • Apply shampoo liberally. Massage it into the skin, paying particular attention to any affected areas. Do not allow shampoo lather to come into contact with your pet's eyes.
  • It is very important to leave the shampoo on for at least 10 to 15 minutes. This will assure adequate contact time with the affected skin.
  • Completely rinse your pet. Thorough rinsing is important because shampoo residue may cause skin irritation.
  • If a cream rinse has been prescribed, follow the same steps using the cream rinse in place of the shampoo.
  • A conditioner may be applied to the damp hair coat after bathing, if recommended.
It is important to follow the above instructions. Medicated shampoos are not effective unless they are used appropriately. Should you notice redness or irritation on the skin after medical bathing, discontinue the product and consult your veterinarian. To book a bathing appointment, contact us here

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