Instructions for Lime Sulfur Dips

By Nicole Fotheringham

Sulphur lime dips are used to treat a plethora of skin diseases on dogs and cats. Once a solution has been prepared, you can cover your dog in the dip for maximum effect. Cats can be sprayed using a hand spray bottle. Use a sponge when applying the solution to your pet's face to prevent the dip from getting in their eyes. Only apply the dip after diagnosis by a vet. Consult your vet if the animal displays any signs of allergic reaction.


Put on your gloves. Mix 4 oz. of lime sulphur per gallon of water. Read instructions carefully before proceeding, as mixing instructions may vary from one product to another.

Bath your pet and rinse shampoo off with warm water. Pour the entire gallon of lime sulphur over your dog. Work into the animal's fur. Use a sponge to treat areas on the dog's face. Do not get any solution into the dog's eyes.

Allow to dry. Do not rinse the lime sulphur off. Apply every five to seven days as directed by your vet.


Wear your gloves. Mix 8 oz. of lime sulphur concentrate with 1 gallon of water.

Put the mixture in a hand spray bottle. For tame cats, spray the fur liberally and work the liquid in with your hands. If your cat resists application, spray through the mesh of a wire cage.

Use the sponge to apply lime sulphur to the face. Do not get any solution in the cat's eyes.

Allow the cat to dry. Do not rinse off. Apply twice weekly or as recommended by your vet.