Thursday, September 6, 2012

Exfoliating with the Scrubba Scrubba Bath Mitt

One of the slightly perverse pleasures I derive from fostering is that many foster dogs come with their own minor health issues. The shelter provides whatever medication and follow-up care they need to heal, and as long as the dog is not a disaster when it comes to pill-taking--like our little friend Pager--it's an opportunity for me to learn about dog health and medicine. 

Blue came to me with some sort of skin rash. A few days ago it was a red, pimply rash covering her belly. 

Reminded me of when I was a kid and had chicken pox, but she didn't seem to be that itchy. 

I took her in to the shelter to see the vet tech, but she wasn't sure what it was! Didn't look to be a staph infection, certainly not mange, and it didn't glow in the black light she shone on it like you'd expect with ringworm. So she gave me some chlorhexidine shampoo and some cephalexin, which is the same combination that worked like a charm on Pager's staph infection. 

Two days later, Blue is looking much better! The red bumps are gone and now there are just these little dry bald spots from where the bumps used to be. 

She's still not very itchy, but since she loves to be rubbed I thought she might enjoy it if I broke out my newest grooming toy and gave it a whirl.

One of Florian's finest qualities is that he loves to check out the pet departments of his favorite stores when he is in-between teaching ballet classes during the day, and buy his girlfriend little dog-related gadgets. His latest find? The I Love Pet Head Scrubba Scrubba Massaging Bath Mitt. Yes, it's really called that.

So Scrubba Scrubba we did, and Blue loved it. We rubbed and scrubbed all over that little bitty flaky belly and removed a nice little quantity of dead skin and fur. 

The bath mitt was thoroughly pleasurable to use for both dog and human. 

See pile of dander in lower left.

And we had ourselves a nice little pile of dander to show for it. 

I can thoroughly believe the rumor that household dust is largely dead skin cells, 

especially if you happen to have a dog around with flaky bald spots.

What's YOUR favorite dander-removal strategy?


  1. Aw, I am glad Pager is clearing up well!

  2. Awwww that sounds a wonderful way to clear up some dander, a beautiful massage, heaven :)

  3. Awww - pink polka dots! Thankfully - Blueberry doesn't have any skin issues right now. I started her on a vet-prescribed supplement for both her hips and her skin, so she's doing really well. I bet she would love a good scrub though. Some dogs just love massages and being groomed. Blue is just adorable - look at those eyes!

  4. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. It's a nightmare, though not as bad as when Jordan and Rufus were with us. I use a mitt too sometimes, one of those gloved ones that we humans use? Once they're old and not so rough, they're ready for lightly scrubbing the dog. Works up a much better lather than hands alone.

  5. Hi Y'all,

    BOL! I just love to be vacuumed and love my Human uses Sulfadene shampoo on me and a nice rubber curry comb. LOVE IT!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  6. my little gets that some times if she lays in grass since she is allergic. The monster vacuum
    Benny & Lily

  7. Looks like Blue is loving getting scrubbed. Glad you were able to get her itchies cleared up. So far we've been fortunate and haven't had any skin issues. We do regular (monthly) baths and a light weekly brushing.

  8. I bet she feels so much better.Best grooming tool and one the dogs love is my old rubber curry grooming mitt for horses. I've never met any being that didn't love it.

  9. I understand that pleasure. I Love when I am able to make a dog healthier. Its one of my biggest accomplishments with Tori :)

    Stop on by for a visit

  10. Hi Kirsten, cleans up pretty nice that one.

  11. It sounds like Blue loves to be groomed in general! Between that and teeth brushing, she seems to think it's fun! I want a little mit like that... That post-bath picture is beautiful of her!

  12. OK, I'm sorry but your dog is AMAZINGLY cute!!! :)


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