Benzoyl peroxide

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Benzoyl peroxide, a derivative of hydrogen peroxide and benzoyl chloride, has antimicrobial and antifungal properties and used in canine medicine for treating topical infections such as pyoderma associated with a number of diseases.

Formulated into a shampoo, it is usually applied directly to the skin as an emollient and left for 10 - 20 minutes, after which it is washed off.

This product, although less effective than chlorhexidine or miconazole[1][2], is more readily available as an over-the-counter preparation.


  1. Mueller RS et al (2012) A review of topical therapy for skin infections with bacteria and yeast. Vet Dermatol 23(4):330-341
  2. Kloos I et al (2013) Residual antibacterial activity of dog hairs after therapy with antimicrobial shampoos. Vet Dermatol 24(2):250