Multi-Drug Resistant Skin Infections (MDR): Try Sodium Hypochlorite Shampoo!

A multi-drug resistant skin infection (MDR) in dogs is an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection. These are bacterial infections often involving the skin that are no longer responsive to conventional antibiotic therapies. It can be costly to treat these types of pathogens as well as difficult to control, as many of the antibiotics that these bacteria are “sensitive” to are reserved for “human use only”. 

There is a product from VetriMax called, Command™ Shampoo for Animals, which is the first-ever shampoo formulated with sodium hypochlorite. This patented shampoo has been proven to be effective in fighting yeast and bacteria along with other unwanted organisms. See the peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (

What Causes MDR (Multi-Drug Resistant Skin Infections)?

MDR occurs naturally, but inappropriate or frequent use of antibiotics can hasten the process. Bacterial organisms have a survival mechanism that will resist antibiotics when frequently exposed to them. The organisms can develop resistance in order to survive and then pass their resistant gene onto their offspring.

When a dog has a certain type of medical condition that requires a frequent intake of antibiotics, they are at a higher risk for developing MDR. Some of the conditions that predispose a dog to this disease include skin allergies (atopic dermatitis), diabetes mellitus, and Cushing's disease.

Of all species, dogs are the most predisposed to bacterial skin infections. This predisposition is due to their basic structural features such as a lack of follicular lipid plug, a fragile skin barrier, and alkaline pH.

What are the Signs of MDR?

If your pet is suffering from MDR infection, it will require advanced diagnostic tests to confirm the presence of MDR pathogens. It is also common for the dog to develop a fever without a known origin. Chronic itching, skin lesions that do not heal or worsen, and hair loss (alopecia) are common symptoms. 

How to Diagnose MDR

To learn if a dog has MDR will require a sensitivity and culture test. This test is the only definitive test that will determine whether or not your dog has MDR.

How is MDR Treated?

MDR can be treated according to the sensitivity and culture tests taken, and the severity and location of the disease. If a dog has developed an inflammation on its skin, potent antiseptics  have gained popularity in treatment as an alternative to antibiotics.  

Command™ Shampoo from VetriMax is a diluted bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and is an inexpensive, yet potent, topical antiseptic. This product can be used as part of the treatment regimen for recurrent soft tissue and skin infections and has been established as an effective mono-therapy against staphylococcus. 

What Care Will My Dog Require With MDR?

If your dog has MDR, he or she may be more susceptible to contagions in the future if this is the result of a predisposed or hereditary condition. You will want to take precautions to prevent general contaminations. Preventing contaminants may mean you need to bathe your dogs more frequently, avoidance of known “flare-factors” such as springtime pollens, and even avoiding another course of antibiotics that can potentially contribute to a resistant infection.

Where to Find Treatment for MDR

VetriMax has more than twenty years of experience in serving animal health practitioners across the United States. Our products were established in 2012 by taking lessons from the past and using modern ingredient-delivery technologies and novel formulations. Our products have been clinically tested and are cruelty-free to ensure that we represent the very best solutions for your pet's skin and coat health.

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