Why You Should Never Use Human Shampoo for Your Dog

Dog shampoos are an integral part of dog grooming. Just like we cannot buy just any shampoo for our hair, shampoo also needs to be chosen with care. Along with buying a dog shampoo, a dog conditioner is also a must-have item for protecting the coat of your pet and also for providing it with a luxurious shine.

So why is buying a dog shampoo so important? Why your pet should not use human shampoo? Just like we have different types of hair like dry, oily or wavy, dogs too have different types of coats. Some coats are as smooth as butter whereas some coats are wiry and curly. It is needless to say here that straight hair and curly hair need totally different types of shampooing and conditioning.

Some pointers to keep in mind before you buy shampoo and conditioners for your dog online:

  • Never ever buy human shampoo for your dog! Shampoos for humans are formulated for use on human skin and not on canine skin. If you use a human shampoo on your dog, you might see adverse reactions like rashes and itchiness.
  • Human shampoos contain many artificial fragrances and colour. Both of these components are harmful if your dog has sensitive skin. Even big strong dogs can have sensitive skin and it is not limited to small breeds.
  • Look for shampoos with natural ingredients like tea tree oil, honey, aloe vera and Vitamin E. These are all natural components and wont harm your dog’s skin in any way.
  • The fragrances added to the pet shampoo should consist of natural ones like lavender, chamomile, citrus and eucalyptus. Some of these fragrances are also natural insect repellers!
  • If you find any dog shampoo labeled as “organic”, please buy it only after reading the list of ingredients. Just the label “organic” doesn’t guarantee that the product won’t have any artificial ingredients.
  • Whether you buy from a store or from an online pet store, the ingredient list is always available. Make good use of the same and buy a shampoo which is the most suitable for your dog.

One bottle of dog shampoo can last for almost a year, so investing in big bottles can save you a lot of time and money. Dogs don’t need to be bathed regularly and just a good clean once in a while is good for your pet. And don’t forget to buy the conditioner!

All Pet Shampoo’s Are Not Created Equal – Read the Labels Before Buying Your Next One

Pet shampoo’s are not all good for your pets. Most will do no harm, yet some can cause skin problems and or loss of hair. Not all shampoo’s are good for our environment either. As a matter of fact very few are biodegradable. It is always good to remember that you get what you pay for, a cheap shampoo is a cheap shampoo.

I thought I was doing the right thing once with a bottle of shampoo by rinsing it out and putting it into the recycling bin. For some reason I decided to read the label. What it said was a shock. “Do not rinse before recycling”. Why would I not rinse? What could be in it that is not good for your drinking water? On another label it said in capital letters:

  • SHAMPOO MAY CAUSE EYE IRRITATION.
  • HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.
  • KEEP AWAY FROM PUPPIES AND KITTENS.

Makes you wonder about what might be in some of these products. Sure we all are careful when we bathe our pets, but things happen. What if a little shampoo gets in their eyes or in their mouth. What am I going to do?  Some suggestions are as follows:

Flush promptly with water.

Induce vomiting with 1- 2 glasses of water or syrup of ipecac.

Have you ever thought about the ingredients in your pets shampoo? Do you pay attention to how your pets look after a bath?  Just take a few minutes to look at what is in some of  these products.

  • Purified Water
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (causes eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands.)
  • Co Co Amide (can cause cancer in animals)
  • Glycerin (a thickening agent, no harm here)
  • Salicylic Acid (an acne medicine)
  • PCMX (low – toxicity antibacterial)

Need I go on? Seems to me that some of these ingredients have no business being in a pet shampoo.

Now lets look at another  brand, one that is sold exclusively through SHUREPETS, an equivalent to the medicated shampoo above. First thing to look for is are there any warning labels. Ingredients listed are:

  • Concentrated detergent and soap free
  • Coconut shampoo base
  • Vitamins A,D,E,
  • EDTA (sequestrate)
  • Glycerin
  • Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinete (an emulsifying agent)
  • Hydrolyzed extracts (antibacterial)
  • DMDH hydration (moisturizer)
  • Deionized water (free of charged atoms and molecules, used in water base cleaning)

Sounds confusing but none of these causes any problems in animals or their human counterparts. Pet owners need to read the ingredients on the products they buy for their furry friend and educate themselves about the effects they may have.

DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo

Once I learned about the health benefits of essential oils, I started changing my world immediately. Not only are all the products we use for ourselves and our families riddled with hazardous chemicals but so are most all of the products available for your pet! After all if something will harm us humans after 10-15 years of continuous use, who cares about whether or not it will harm your dog? Most dogs have a life span that doesn’t last much longer than 10 years or so anyway, right? Well, in my opinion, NO, that’s WRONG and it is NO reason to subject our pets to harmful chemical products. Shampoos, skin and coat care products and flea and tick repellents are among the worst. And yet it is very easy to make your own natural and safe products that can clean your pet and offer protection from bugs and critters.

My dogs travel between Arizona and Wyoming. Since both climates are dry, skin issues are common. Although fleas are not a real problem, I prefer not to take risks with a flea infestation. Ticks, flies and mosquitoes on the other hand can be problematic. The use of essential oils in a DIY Pet Shampoo safeguards my guys from these pests. In addition the use of the proper oils in the shampoo can be good for the coat.

The shampoo recipe I use for my dogs is:

3 tbls All Natural Castile Soap
3 tbls Coconut Milk
2 tbls Aloe Vera
6 oz Distilled Water
1 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
2 drops of Citronella Essential Oil
2 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
2 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Place all this in a clean bottle, shake well before each use. Apply enough for a good lather. If possible let set on the coat for a few minutes before rinsing off. Make this in small batches as the coconut milk is perishable. You can also leave out the coconut milk. As well take it easy with the Peppermint. I know everyone loves the smell but… Peppermint is a deterrent for bugs, spiders especially are driven away by the smell. You don’t want the smell on your dog’s coat so strong it bothers him or her. It is also known to help with constipation. Too strong a scent could produce undesirable bowel movements!

If you have trouble rinsing out the shampoo or it leaves the coat a little too oily, use this clear rinse formula:

1 cup distilled water
3 tbls apple cider vinegar
1 drop Cedarwood
1 drop Citronella
1 drop Eucalyptus
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Peppermint
1 drop Rosemary

For real dry or itchy skin problems you can also add Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil). Be certain to avoid getting either product in the eyes or in the ears. If you get this in the eyes, rinse with a good vegetable oil such as olive or grapeseed. Do NOT rinse the eyes with water. Water will drive the oils deeper in to the tissue causing more discomfort.

Since one method of application for essential oils with pets is through topical application, you can also add other beneficial oils to your shampoo mixture. For instance, when dealing with emotional problems besides diffusing the appropriate oils for your pet’s condition, you can add them to your shampoo. I have one Chihuahua with a collapsing trachea. For him I diffuse Copaiba and an essential oil blend known as RC. He also receives an oral diluted dose twice daily of the Copaiba and I have added it to his shampoo.

For our other Chihuahua who doesn’t like being alone, I move my bedroom diffuser close to their pen we keep them in when we are out of the house for extended periods of time (4+ hours). I use a variety of combinations such as the common blends of Acceptance, Peace & Calming, Stress Away, even Valor. Single oils I use in combination with the blends are Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender and Ylang Ylang. This seems to keep his stress level down while were gone which in turn makes are arrival back home a bit less exciting and hectic as well! For him I add Stress Away to his shampoo blend as an extra boost.

There are so many ways essential oils can help you help your pet in a natural and safe manner. Change your life, and change your pet’s life, for the better! Remember, the market for adulterated oils is large and encompasses most all oils since everyone wants to make a buck. Find a company who can detail for the consumer the process from seed to seal that is used to ensure the highest quality products. A little goes a LONG WAYS. Spend the money up front for high quality oils and they will last much longer and provide a safe and happy experience.

I am not a trained animal husbandry professional. These opinions and recipes are suggestions from my own experience or from suggestions I found and tried from the Animal Desk Reference by Melissa Shelton, DVM. Consult your own Veterinarian before starting any treatment.

Pet Grooming Guide – How to Groom Your Pet

As like humans, pets also want to be clean and well groomed. Pet grooming involves different grooming services that you should perform on your pet. An important pet grooming service is to give bath to your pets regularly. Owners should give a great bathing experience to their lovely pets. They should collect all grooming bath supplies such as dog shampoo, bucket, towel and hair dryer at one place, before bringing pet into bathroom.

Give them comfort and warm temperature to bath. You can give them an easy bath in bathtub or splash water over their body. You can also use a hose with sprayer to wash your pets. Use your hand for a smooth rubbing. Pet grooming gloves are also helpful to scrub your dog. You can offer light-handed massage at the time of bath. Your pet will really enjoy this type of bathing practice.

You can choose the best shampoo for your pet. Several pet shampoos are available in the market like medicated shampoo, and scented shampoos etc. Owners should choose the best shampoo that actually suits their pet. Choice of shampoos mostly depends on the season.

Don’t use your soap or shampoo for your pet because it can cause skin irritation to them. You should ask a trained pet groomer to choose the best shampoo for your pet. Brush their teeth at the time of washing their body. After bath, rinse their ears and paws with a towel to remove extra moisture.

You can also use hair dryer for pet grooming but use medium settings only for your pet. You can use a hairbrush to make a style. Pet grooming is a time consuming process so have patience. It is an easy way to make a close bond with your pet.