Our dog Sasha is part Shih Tzu and part Lhasa Apso. She has a very dense coat: pour a cup of water over her brother Oshi and he’s immediately wet through. Do the same to Sasha and the water just runs off. To wet her coat you have to work at it.
Unfortunately she recently had a problem with a yeast infection on her skin: she’d scratched herself raw in spite of our attempts to change her food, check for fleas, and so on. The vet put her on a strict regime of prescription biscuits, Prednisone, an antibiotic and twice weekly baths with an expensive medicated shampoo.
All of those things made a huge difference and relieved her itching. Of course, she’s now finished the courses of drugs, but the special biscuits remain and the baths happen when she seems to need them — currently about every 10 days.
The poor girl hates having baths, but she’s very stoic and simply endures them without complaint. Her brother, on the other hand, loves being the centre of attention but breaks out into histrionics if we bathe him.
Oh, and since we don’t have a bath, but at the bach do have one of those shower heads on a hose that can be moved around, the dogs actually end up having a shower of sorts.
The thing is, the special medicated shampoo has to be applied and then left to work for 10 to 15 minutes. That wait is the real problem. I try to give Sasha a little massage, a few treats and offer lots of encouragement to help pass the time. She mainly just stands there stoically.
Fortunately the prescription biscuits and the baths seem to be keeping the yeast under control. I’m just glad her brother isn’t having the same problems.