In practical terms, a dog that gets a greasy coat regularly might be more prone to increasing the population of fungal and bacterial populations on its skin and if coupled with or caused by a skin allergy will need a vet visit and usual treatment of anti fungal and anti bacterial shampoos and/ or oral tablet doses over the short term until the populations settle.
It should be noted that most of the following information has been found in the merck manuals, and that they are a major maker of dog treatment pharmaceuticals – so you will not find any nautral remedies here.
You will find many references on the internet for treating dogs, but I always prefer using the medical source materials to base my information on. then I like to think that I break it down and simplify it a little bit so I understand it and you can too. The following info is mostly from the merck tech manuals.
Antifungal Drugs for dogs
Several antifungal drugs are used to treat skin diseases in animals. A vet will usually prescribe an antifungal medication specific to a pet’s species (ie dogs)
- amphotericin B,
- potassium iodide,
- sodium iodide,
You will note that these are the same as your doctor might prescribe for you if you the owner gets a fungal infection. though with humans we typically get different fungal outbreaks (different fungus) for different areas of our body. Whereas for the dog their seems to be one main one that they treat with many different chemicals (as shown above)
As mentioned many times before, it is often an allergy that leads to primary infection, then second infections of fungal and bacterial nature. That is why when you treat your dog for fungus it usually also needs to have treatment for bacterial infections. Antibacterial Drugs: Until the particular bacteria can be identified, your vet will usually treat your dog with an antibacterial drug from a class of drugs known to be effective against the most common bacteria (or a broad spectrum anti biotic).