When you have a yeasty, smelly dog with health issues, you go through a lot of dog shampoo. When you have to have a medicated shampoo to control the yeast, you go through EXPENSIVE dog shampoo. In the 3 years since Copper started having a yeast issue, I think we’ve tried nearly every product under the sun. We’ve tried prescription shampoos that required us to bathe Copper daily, but never solved the problem. We’ve tried OTC shampoos only available through your vet that required us to bathe him 2x a week and gave Copper relief, as long as you stayed on the bathing schedule. We tried medicated shampoos from pet stores of varying costs and quality. Some worked better than others, but I was usually unhappy for one reason or another. We tried medicated shampoos from near and far!
Here’s my generalized breakdown of what I’ve tried on Copper:
Prescription shampoos- PITA to wash him daily. Worked and worked well, if I kept up with it daily. But the constant smell of wet dog permeated my house. Also very expensive at nearly $30 per bottle.
OTC from the vet clinic shampoos- Worked great! Only, it took half a bottle per bath, so it became cost prohibitive when the price was the same as the prescription shampoo. And, well, Copper wasn’t too happy waiting in the tub for it to sit 15 minutes before rinsing. I wasn’t too happy trying to convince my teenage puppy to sit in the tub that long either.
Medicated Shampoos from the Pet Store- They all worked to differing degrees. It seemed like as soon as I found one that was tolerable and reasonably priced, it was no longer on the market the next time I went to get some. Or, we used a ton of shampoo for my 40 lbs dog, meaning we’d only get 2 baths per bottle. Some, such as the tar products, I didn’t like the smell of. And some just didn’t seem to do much for him. It was really a shoot in the dark.
I tried something new to me!
I bathed Copper in this Tropiclean Oatmeal and Tea Tree Shampoo. It didn’t smell awful. In fact, it was kind of nice. Or as nice as my stuffed up nose could detect. It lathered awesomely! I mean, I was truly impressed! Most medicated dog shampoos don’t lather worth beans, and as Copper tends to be pretty greasy at times with his yeast issue, that means we have to use even more product to get a lather. Plus, with his thick Aussie hair, rinsing can be a real pain.
Well, guess what? None of those things were a problem! He lathered well, using a reasonable amount of product. I let it sit for the requisite 5-10 minutes (probably closer to 10, as I was also bathing Bear simultaneously). And best of all, it rinsed out easily!
I love that Tropiclean contains no harsh ingredients. I could use this product on the cats if I needed to. There aren’t any soaps in it and even the bottle is environmentally friendly by being made out of biodegradable corn products or from recycled plastics.
Since I also bathed Bear in this, I already know I’ll be getting more than 2 washes out of it. And at $13 for a bottle, it looks like it will save me some money as well! Now, I just hope that Tropiclean doesn’t discontinue this shampoo, leaving me on the hunt again for something new. Best of all, I can find it locally AND I can order it online! How great is that?
*Review completely unsolicited. Tropiclean doesn’t know me, has never heard of me and I was not reimbursed for my review of this product in any way.
**This shampoo is marked to control itchy skin in dogs, NOT yeast. I used this product to help treat yeast of my own volition, knowing that tea tree oil has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.