Lime sulfur dips can be pretty obnoxious in the olfactory senses. So it’s natural for pet parents to ask: when can I bathe my dog after lime sulfur dip? Unfortunately, it seems that the answer is you shouldn’t until the treatment is complete. Learn more in the article.
There are a lot of things you can do to keep your dog healthy and clean. Bathing them is one of the most essential and effective things that you can do for your pet.
Lime sulfur dip is a solution of sulfur, water, and ground limestone that is applied to your dog’s coat. The only time that you should bathe your dog after using this dip is if the dip was applied too heavily, if it got into their eyes, or if you can smell it on their coat.
Otherwise, you should not bathe your dog in between dips.
The only reason to bathe your dog after they have gone through a lime sulfur dip is when they are showing signs of stress or discomfort from it. Some owners say that their pup didn’t like it at first, but they got used to it very quickly.
Others say that their dog has been very vocal about how they didn’t like going through this dip and that it took quite a while for them to get over it.
If you think that your dog is having trouble because of the lime sulfur dip, you should wash your pet off with warm water after the dip dries. This will help remove any residue left on your dog’s coat, which can cause discomfort or irritation. Otherwise, never bathe your dog in between dips.
How Long Does This Dip Take To Remove RingWorm?
It can take anywhere between six hours and two days
Lime sulfur dip is a chemical treatment used on lawns and gardens to kill various pesky insects that can make it difficult to grow good vegetation. It is also used on pets, especially dogs, to get rid of ringworm, etc.
The typical time for the lime sulfur dip to work is between six hours and two days, but some factors like rain, moisture, temperature, and wind can affect how quickly the worm dies.
Lime sulfur dip is completely harmless to humans and pets. As long as you don’t have any respiratory issues, you can apply it in your garden or on your patio or deck with no worries of getting sick or inhaling its potent scent.
The other good news about lime sulfur dip is that it usually takes less than 24 hours for the insecticide to start working and killing bugs. Keep in mind that its rate of action depends on the weather and how old the pests are.
How Long Is Ringworm Contagious After Lime Sulfur Dip?
After about 48 hours of the dip, you can be fairly sure that ringworm is no longer contagious.
Ringworm is a rash that is caused by fungus in the skin. It is considered to be caused by species of fungi and genera. Ringworm is known to be very contagious. Ringworm transfers from person to person and also from skin to skin.
It can spread in a hot tub or swimming pool by indirect contact. Ringworms can also be transferred from Humans to animals. Ringworm is known to be contagious until lesions are present. But it stops being contagious for about 48 hours after the commencement of treatment.
How Often Should The Lime Sulfur Dip Be Given To Dogs?
It should be given every five to seven days, till the condition improves.
Let your vet decide the number of dips your dog needs and at what intervals. However, the vets prescribe dip every 5 to 7 days, and the number of dips shall depend upon the dog’s condition.
However, do not rinse or dry your dog during the dips, and don’t allow your dog to ingest it. Also, if possible, make your dog wear a dog’s cone till the time dips are being given.
Does Lime Sulfur Dip Kill Mange?
Yes, it can help to treat mange as well.
Mange is a parasitic skin disease that affects mammals. It’s not uncommon among cats, but mange also affects dogs, foxes, raccoons, and mink. Mange is a parasite that causes the animal to lose hair and develop raw or scabby skin with intense itching, scratching, and chewing of the affected area.,
If you or your pet are experiencing a scabby rash and hair loss, the culprit might just be mange. Mange is caused by a mite that burrows into skin layers, feeding off of your pet’s blood. And while the name may sound silly, it’s no laughing matter- with no medical attention, mange can eventually lead to death.
But luckily, there is treatment! We’re going to talk about lime sulfur dip — one of the most effective ways of killing mange parasites.
Lime sulfur dip must be applied to your pet’s body and then allowed to dry for several hours. After the lime sulfur dip has completely dried, it can be removed with warm, soapy water. While we don’t recommend this type of treatment for your everyday flea/tick treatments, it’s a great way to get rid of mange parasites.
So How Do You Use Lime Sulfur Dip?
You should be very careful while you use lime sulfur dip on your dog as if it enters your eyes, it can cause irritation. You or your dog might need an immediate doctor’s intervention to treat it. Here are a few tips to increase the effectiveness of the dips:
- Mix the lime sulfur dip with water in a stainless steel container, stick pins, scissors, and a toothbrush. Squeeze out the excess liquid to only about ¼ inch of liquid remains.
- Dip the animal’s body in the lime sulfur dip until it is saturated.
- Continue dipping until the liquid is gone, ensuring that no skin or fur remains dry.
- Let your pet air dry for at least 10 or 15 minutes. It will feel a little itchy and tingly, but don’t be afraid to proceed. After your pet has fully dried off, brush off any excess lime sulfur dip flakes with a toothbrush.
Precautions While Using Lime Sulfur Dip On Dogs?
Lime sulfur dip is only for external use on dogs. Before using the solution, you should carefully measure it. Lime sulfur dips are recommended in a 1:16 dilution or 8 oz per gallon of water. Then apply the diluted solution on the dogs carefully.
Ensure that it does not enter their eyes, and they develop no skin irritation. If you observe signs of skin irritation, then wash the affected area with water for at least 15 minutes. Talk to the vet immediately. If, by chance, the solution enters the mouth and your dog takes that in, then rinse your dog’s mouth with water and give ample egg whites, milk, and water.
You also need to take care of yourself before applying the solution to your dog. Wear gloves and make sure that the solution, by any chance, enters your eyes or mouth. For this, you need to have a good hold of your dog.
A Few Final Words
Most veterinarians recommend waiting until 24-48 hours have passed after a lime sulfur dip to allow the medication time to work. If you bathe your pup before the 48 hours are up, it will wash away the dip’s residual effect, and you’ll be left waiting for another few weeks for an infestation to happen again.
It’s best to keep your pup restricted from water or bathing until this has been done. If you have the time and patience to wait 24 hours without bathing, do so. This will give your dog the best chances of being rid of fleas.
Thank you for reading, we hope we answered most of your questions. If you have further doubts you can drop us a word in the comments section.
You might also like to read about other ringworm medications such as Lotrimin spray and Athlete’s foot spray.