Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo

Antibacterial medicated shampoo

Medicated Shampoo

Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo is an antibacterial shampoo that aids in the treatment of superficial bacterial infections (Staphylococcus pseudintermedius) in dogs.

It is formulated to cleanse the skin while reducing bacterial numbers associated with skin disease.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo help my pet?

Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo is formulated to remove dirt and scale and kill cutaneous micro-organisms which primarily or secondarily cause dermatitis. Chlorhexidine gluconate, the active ingredient in Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo, has a broad spectrum of antibacterial activity against most bacteria that are commonly found in cases of superficial bacterial dermatitis. 

Why does my dog get these infections?

Superficial bacterial dermatitis can occur in dogs with skin disease. It is usually a secondary infection, where there is an underlying condition that allows the normal resident bacteria of the skin to overgrow and cause an active infection. Primary infection, infection without an underlying cause, can also occur but is less common.

Underlying causes of secondary bacterial dermatitis can include:

  • Allergy – environmental allergens such as tree pollens and weeds, food allergy, flea allergy.
  • Hormonal or endocrine diseases.
  • Parasitic infestations such as fleas, mites or lice.

It is important to treat the secondary infection as well as the underlying condition for optimal management of the skin disease.

If you are concerned your pet may have a skin infection, please visit your local veterinarian for a consultation. Diagnostic tests, such as cytology, will be necessary to determine which micro-organisms are present. This is essential in determining the best treatment and product for your dog.

Which animal is Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo suitable for?

Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo is registered for use in dogs.

Should I use Pyohex® Medicated Conditioner after bathing with Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo?

Pyohex® Medicated Conditioner is a leave-on conditioner designed to be used in conjunction with Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo.

Pyohex® Medicated Conditioner prolongs the antibacterial action of the chlorhexidine gluconate contained in Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo and Malaseb® Medicated Shampoo. In addition to this, Pyohex® Medicated Conditioner helps to replenish moisture on the skin after bathing.

How to use

Directions for use

  • Thoroughly wet the dog with clean water.
  • Use approximately 1mL of Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo per kg weight of dog.
  • Apply Pyohex® Medicated Shampoo at various points on the dog.
  • Massage into a lather. A sponge may assist lathering and penetration of the shampoo into the coat.
  • Leave in contact with the skin for 10 minutes – during this time pets must be supervised to ensure that ingestion or inhalation of the product does not occur.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water and towel dry.

Using The Conditioner

  • Place a small amount of Pyohex® Medicated Conditioner into the palm of the hand, spread evenly over hands then gently massage into the coat. Do not rinse off.


  • Use with caution around eyes. If shampoo enters animal’s eye, flush thoroughly with clean water. Seek veterinary advice if eye changes are observed.
  • Pets should not be left unattended during the standing process as licking or inhaling shampoo foam may result in irritation of the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts.
  • Antibiotic therapy is recommended for the initial control of infection or where deep pyodermas exist.