…this is an old post but a topic that keeps coming back. This lady had rescued a xolo and here is our exchange.
In a message dated 4/12/04 3:27:06 PM,
A bath once a week should be adequate. Put neosporin on the infected areas.
If she has breaks in the skin, vinegar would sting. If not, then follow the bath with a vinegar rinse. (cup of warm water with a splash of white vinegar) Maybe just sponge it on carefully with a cotton pad. Do not rinse. You should use a gentle shampoo at first, like Allerseb. It will help cleanse the pores but it will not harm sensitive skin. Vets carry it. Bathing too often can cause dryness and itching and that is another source of misery that you don’t want to get into. Use a lotion after her bath. Some people use things like almond oil. You can accomplish the same thing with lotion from the dollar store. I get all of mine there. I like the one that has cocoa butter in it.
Give her skin time to heal and normalize. When the infections are gone, you
can begin using St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It is available in most every market.
Use it only on the areas with blackheads. Be patient.
You can also give her a ‘xolo spa.’
This is especially good for the blackheads…………
Put her in the tub and place a towel over her back, from the base of her neck
and covering her tail. Using the hand-held shower attachment, or a pitcher,
pour/spray very warm water up and down her back onto the towel for about ten
or fifteen minutes. Leave the towel in place until it cools.
This will open her pores and help clean them. When you are doing a spa, put the plug in the tub and let it fill up–give her a good foot soak.
In addition, good skin really comes from within and is the result of good nutrition. Feed a good quality dogfood, not especially the most advertised one.
Xolos survive best on very basic kibble. Usually a bit of added vegetable oil will make the skin more beautiful. There are some very high quality kibbles sold in the grocery markets in the US. Avoid the cheapest.