Malaseb vs. Benzoyl peroxide medicated shampoos
I hadn't heard of Malaseb so Googled it. Most of the customer reviews on Amazon were quite positive. The only one that was slightly critical was this one:
Good as antifungal not so good as antibacterial
I recently adopted a westie resue dog who is suffering from pyroderma ... and she scratches and bites herself raw due to itching. Well she is on antibiotics and she gets medicated baths every two days. This is where the Malaseb shampoo came in. And although it is a very highly touted product my readings showed that there are better antibacterial shampoos around. Look for products containing benzoil peroxide. This is according to the Merck veterianry manual. Even though this is a product that was very helpful until I came across the other product. My dog is now improving and her scratching and biting is much better than it was.
The benzoyl peroxide product we used is a prescription product. The troubled area is lathered with the BP shampoo and allowed to remain on for 10 minutes; then it's thoroughly rinsed off and the area dried. I think treatment frequency can vary from daily or every other day when the pyoderma (staph) infection is raging to 1ce/week when in remission (it's been a couple years since we used it).
Since you can get the Malaseb on your own, it may be worth trying.
I Googled benzoyl peroxide shampoo and found a number of products and places available containing this which are not prescription products.
You might do the Google too, and then you can decide whether to first try the Malaseb or the benzoyl peroxide.
I'm really glad to find this out. I'm going to get a bottle of BP and, at the first sight of red bumps, begin the treatment again. That'll save the cost of a trip to our vet (50 miles away), the vet appt cost, and buying the Rx product. ;D