Posted Aug 16, 2018 in Health & Safety
You tend to share just about your whole house with your beloved pup, from the couch to the kitchen your four-legged friend calls your place home. But that doesn’t mean you should share everything with your dog, most importantly your shampoo. The shampoos we use to have silky, soft, and detangled locks are actually toxic to your canine’s sensitive skin. So you may be wondering, where do I start? How do I know I’m using the safest products for my pooch? It all depends on what breed your dog is and the preferences you have in their overall upkeep. And fortunately enough, there are hundreds of options to choose from to tailor to both you and your dog’s specific needs.
You might often notice dandruff on your dog’s coat due to dry, itchy, and flaky skin. In this case, you’re going to want to invest in a moisturizing shampoo to help improve this irritation. Make sure to avoid any scented shampoos; they contain chemicals that will only further your dog’s sensitivity. You want products with natural ingredients like oatmeal, honey, and vitamin E.
Now, if you have a puppy you need to be catering to their age above all else. Their shampoo is going to be gentler and made with a no-tear formula so you won’t irritate their eyes. Puppies are always a special case when it comes to any product, so make sure you’re always being careful about what you’re picking out for them.
If you have a dog who loves spending all day outside you are probably well aware of the threat of fleas and ticks, and not to mention how they can smell afterward. As a pup parent, you most likely use a medication or a collar that is made to deter those pesky insects. But using a flea & tick shampoo will help prevent this issue even more. When it comes to the smell they receive from their days outside (or maybe just getting into the garbage) we recommend a deodorizing shampoo that will eliminate the smell instead of just covering it up. Avoid artificial fragrance and dyes, but do pick products with natural scents, like lavender, eucalyptus, and citrus.
There is a lot of upkeep that comes with being a dog parent, and one is making sure they are looking their best. You may want to maintain the color of your pups beautiful fur, keep it shiny and soft, or just keep their hair from getting so tangled all the time. Luckily enough, there is a bounty of products that satisfy these needs. So you won’t have to worry about that bright white coat fading or dealing with those frizzy and stubborn tangles.
You may need some immediate cleaning on the go or are heading on a trip where there isn’t a convenient place to keep your pooch clean. You might even have a dog who just isn’t fond of water. In that case, waterless shampoos and wipes are exactly what you need.
Obviously, each pup is different and has various needs that need to be catered to. So when you’re shopping for your dog’s shampoo keep in mind what problems you’re trying to address and base your choice on that to get the best and healthiest results. But don’t just pick any product off the shelf because even some dog shampoo contains ingredients that will irritate and even harm their skin. Keep it simple and natural and you’ll start to notice a whole new happier and healthier pup.
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