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.
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- Kloos I et al (2013) Residual antibacterial activity of dog hairs after therapy with antimicrobial shampoos. Vet Dermatol 24(2):250