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Malaseb Dog Shampoo

  • 250ml Bottle £16.90


Malaseb is a shampoo containing chlorhexidine and miconazole. It is used to treat skin conditions in dogs where an overgrowth of bacteria or yeasts are present. This can happen in a variety of different skin conditions. On some occasions a course of treatment can provide a complete cure, but often regular periodic treatment is needed to prevent recurrence. It is important to apply Malaseb correctly to gain full effect. Firstly water should be applied to wet the coat, then Malaseb is added and worked into a lather over the skin. This should the be gently worked into the skin to ensure good contact is achieved. Particular importance should be attached to the skin near the lips, under the tail and between the toes. The lather then needs to be left to soak on the skin for a full 10 minutes. After this the Malaseb should be rinsed off using lots of luke-warm water. The dog should then be kept in a warm place until the coat has dried.


1 ml contains: Active substances:

Chlorhexidine digluconate 20 mg (equivalent to chlorhexidine 11.26 mg)

Miconazole nitrate 20 mg (equivalent to miconazole 17.37 mg)

Excipients: Methylchloroisothiazolinone 0.0075 mg, methylisothiazolinone 0.0025 mg. Also contains macrogol lauryl ether, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, cetrimonium chloride, PEG-120 methyl glucose dioleate, citric acid monohydrate, hydrochloric acid, purified water.

A clear to slightly unclear, light yellow to light brown liquid.


Dog: For the treatment and control of seborrhoeic dermatitis associated with Malassezia pachydermatis and Staphylococcus intermedius.

Cat: As an aid in the treatment of ringworm due to Microsporum canis in the cat in conjunction with griseofulvin.

Dosage and administration

Dog: As a general rule, shampoo twice weekly until the symptoms subside, and weekly thereafter, or as necessary to keep the condition under control.

Cat: Shampoo twice weekly for a minimum period as advised by the veterinarian or until coat brushings are negative for the culture of M. canis, whichever is the longer. The maximum length of the treatment period should not exceed 16 weeks. The advice of the veterinarian should be sought as to whether it is necessary to clip the haircoat of the cat prior to treatment.

Wet the animal thoroughly with clean water and apply Malaseb shampoo to the animal at several points and massage into the coat. Use sufficient to raise a lather on the coat and skin. Ensure that the shampoo is applied around the lips, under the tail and between the toes. Allow the animal to stand for 10 minutes, then rinse off with clean water and leave to dry naturally in a warm, draught-free environment.

The 250 ml bottle, for example, provides approximately 8-16 treatments for a 15 kg dog, or 5-10 treatments for a 25 kg dog or 25 cat treatments, depending on coat thickness.

Contraindications, warnings, etc

Do not use in case of hypersensitivity to the active substances, to the adjuvants or to any of the excipients.

Special warnings for each target species:

Cat: Malaseb shampoo should only be used in conjunction with griseofulvin when treating for ringworm. Shampooing cats may initially increase the recovery of M. canis by brush culture techniques. Both field and experimental studies have shown that environmental contamination with M. canis can be eliminated or reduced by the use of Malaseb shampoo twice weekly. In these studies, griseofulvin was administered continuously throughout the treatment period and both clinical improvement was enhanced and environmental contamination reduced compared to the use of griseofulvin alone.

Special precautions for use in animals: For external use only. In case of accidental contact with eyes, rinse with plenty of water.

Do not allow the animal to lick itself during shampooing and rinsing, or before it is dried.

Take care to avoid the animal inhaling the product or getting it into the nose or mouth during shampooing.

Puppies or kittens should not come into contact with nursing females after treatment, until the coat has dried.

Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the veterinary medicinal product to animals: If known hypersensitivity to chlorhexidine, miconazole or any of the excipients exists, handle product with care.

This product can cause eye irritation. Avoid contact with the eyes. In case of accidental contact with eyes, rinse with plenty of water. If irritation persists consult your doctor.

Avoid excessive handling or stroking of treated animals immediately following treatment.

Ringworm in the cat is infectious to humans and so it is advisable to wear gloves and have arms covered during clipping and shampooing of infected cats.

When shampooing a cat, in order to avoid prolonged contact with the shampoo, wash and dry hands gently. Do not scrub.

Adverse reactions: Exceptionally, a dog with atopy or a cat with allergic skin disease may develop a pruritic and/or erythematous reaction after treatment.

In very rare circumstances, dogs and cats may develop a skin reaction (itching, redness) after treatment.

Use during pregnancy and lactation: Pregnancy: Malaseb shampoo in conjunction with griseofulvin should not be used in pregnant cats as griseofulvin is contraindicated in pregnancy.

Lactation: Please see Special precautions for use in animals.

Interactions: None known.

Incompatibilities: None known.

Pharmaceutical precautions

Do not store above 30°C. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not use after the expiry date stated on the label.

Shelf life of the veterinary medicinal product as packaged for sale: 2 years.

Shelf life after first opening the immediate packaging: 3 months.

Disposal: Any unused veterinary medicinal product or waste materials derived from such veterinary medicinal products should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

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Packaging quantities

The container is a 250 ml polyethylene bottle with a polypropylene screw cap.

Further information

For animal treatment only. To be supplied only on veterinary prescription. Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Manufacturing authorisation holder responsible for batch release: Dechra Veterinary Products A/S, Mekuvej 9, DK-7171 Uldum, Denmark.

Malaseb® shampoo is manufactured under licence from Dermcare Vet, Australia, owner of the trade name Malaseb®. EU patent no. 0608308.

Date of last review: December 2010

Marketing authorisation holder (if different from distributor)

Dechra Veterinary Products A/S, Mekuvej 9, DK-7171 Uldum, Denmark.

Marketing authorisation number

Vm 24883/4005.

GTIN (Global Trade Item No)

Malaseb Shampoo


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Questions & Answers for Malaseb Dog Shampoo

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Malaseb Dog Shampoo, including answers from our team.

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Not got prescription how do i get it

25th Aug 2015
Susie Ferran
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2014
  • From: South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I need malaseb shampoo but don't have prescription, how do I go about getting it ? X

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

You need to ask your vet to write a prescription for you, then send us a copy of the prescription. We cannot supply you without that.


4th Feb 2015

Does this shampoo work on mites?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This shampoo is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal but it has no direct effect on mites. These days mites are more easily controlled with appropriate spot-on treatments. (Most itchy dogs do not have mites though and your vet will be able to advise you on suitable treatments.)

Malaseb shampoo

4th Sep 2014
Joan Downes
  • VioVet Customer Since: November 2010
  • From: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

does it cure it

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

Malaseb is usually used to help clear bacterial or fungal infections of the skin. Repeated use is normally needed, and sometimes antibiotic tablets care give too. It is certainly possible for the infection to be cleared completely and to never come back. However there are lots of other factors involved with skin infection and irritation. Depending on the individual patient, recovery may be partial or temporary. It is very likely that the situation will be much improved by using Malaseb, whatever else is going on, if a complete cure is not possible. It depends largely on the cause in the first place.