Dog Shampoo – Daily Dog Care Series

There are hundreds of dog shampoos available in the market nowadays. However, it is not easy to pick out a good one. Similar to human skin, dogs also have different skin types. So, we should choose the most suitable shampoo for our dogs. The right shampoo can soothe the dog’s skin and make the coat shine, while the unsuitable shampoo can make the skin irritated and itchy. Here I will give you some tips on pet shampoos.

Never ever use human shampoos
I think most people have the experience of using a human shampoo on a dog. Some people may think that human shampoo is also suitable for dogs. That is absolutely wrong. If we use it on a dog, his or her skin will be irritated. It is not good for dog health.

Dog shampoos for dry skin
First we should learn how to determine a dog’s skin type. We can gently touch the pet skin to see if there is any skin flaking. If we can find some, then the dog most likely has dry skin. In this case, we should choose oatmeal-based or jojoba-based shampoos. Shampoos made from oatmeal or jojoba can help moisturize dry skin gently.

Dog shampoos for oily skin
If we feel oily when we touch the pet skin, then the dog most likely has oily skin. We can use some refreshing shampoos to deep clean the dog skin. Do not use some conditioning shampoos, for they can make the skin oilier.

In the next article I will give you some tips on dog shampoos for sensitive skin and other warnings.

3 Secrets to Choosing the Best Shampoos for Your Pet Dog

Do dogs need to be groomed and given a bath at regular intervals? If you want to keep your dog healthy, it is advisable to give it a bath at least once a month. A good shampoo and conditioner can help remove dead skin cells and control allergens and dust mites.

One of the things that you need to remember is that “one size fits all” concept may not work and you may have to make the choice depending on the dog breed, skin and coat condition. A shiny and clean coat indicates good health.

Secret 1

Avoid these ingredients

A pet shampoo that is chemical free is considered the best option for your dog’s coat. It is important that you read the label so that you are aware of the ingredients and are able to make an informed choice.

  • Added colorants and dyes need to be avoided as these additives have been linked to several health problems. Brightly colored liquids can harm the skin and coat. Natural ingredients are usually white to light yellow.
  • Perfumes and fragrances derived from chemicals can cause allergies including nausea and headaches.
  • Parabens are used by many manufacturers as preservatives and they have been linked to cancer.
  • Stearalkonium chloride, Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulphate are used in shampoos and conditioners and these are known to cause skin irritation.

Secret 2

Dog’s coat and skin condition

Is your pet’s hair normal and healthy? Is it dry or greasy? Is it free of knots? Choose the shampoo based on the specific coat and skin condition of your dog. Many shampoos with natural ingredients are available in the market and they cater to specific skin and coat condition.

Secret 3

Shampoos designed for humans not suitable for pets

Most pet owners tend to assume that soaps and shampoos that have been specifically designed for humans can be used for dogs too. This is a big mistake. The chemicals and fragrance that is added can be harmful for the skin. They can cause rashes and make the coat brittle and dull. If your pet is suffering from flea and ticks, it is best to look for a shampoo that is designed to kill the fleas and ticks.

Ask your veterinarian to recommend the best brand available in the market. Buy your favorite pet shampoo online or you can talk to the manufacturer and get a list of local suppliers.

Pet Grooming Tips For Beginners

Many pet owners find it very convenient and cost efficient to groom their pets at home instead of engaging professional pet grooming services. For those of you who are interested in grooming your pet yourself at home but are not too sure how to go about doing it, you can check out these few tips below to help you embark more easily on pet grooming your pet yourself.

First of all, make sure you have the right tools, accessories and supplies for grooming your pet. This is especially important if you have many different types of pets at home. For example if you have a dog and cat at home, do not use the brush used for brushing your cat on your dog. This is very unhygienic as well as inappropriate way to misuse your grooming brush. Make sure you use different grooming brush for your cat and dog. Essential tools includes grooming brush, grooming shampoo, grooming comb, grooming scissors, hair dryer and last but not least a nail clippers.

Next, choose the right brush for your pet’s coat type. For example, if you have a pet with a fluffy coat, it is essential to get a paddle brush to keep that fluffiness. Likewise, if you have a pet with a finer coat, get a brush that is for more sensitive use. Remember, do not misuse the brush as in tip above, thinking you can save a few bucks by fully utilizing the grooming brush.

Selecting the right shampoo for your pet is also another important point that you should take note of. Many pet owners thinks that pet grooming is as simple as just shampooing and washing their pet using normal shampoo but nothing can be further from the truth. Animals are sensitive to shampoo made for humans. To prevent skin and coat irritation to your pet, make sure you choose a pet shampoo that is suitable for the kind of skin that your pet has.

Another point to take note for the inexperienced pet groomer is to find a proper place to groom your pet. The obvious choice is to go for the toilet. However, if you are not able to do so, find an enclosed area that can be easily clean up after each pet grooming session. Failure to lock in or enclose your pet will result in a wet per running all over your house and messing up your home.

However, if you are going to groom a big dog which cannot be fit inside a small bathtub, try taking it out to the backyard for the grooming session. This can only be done during the warmer months. Do not try it cold weather or it can seriously affect the health of your dog.

Last but not least, you need to have patience when grooming your pet. This is especially so for first timers new to grooming your own pets. You may not know how to handle your pet initially but with patience, your pet and you will learn to bond better and enjoy the grooming sessions together.

Extend the Life of Your Pet

Pet products may be hazardous to your pets

There are few events more distressing than the injury or death of a pet. Psychologists have likened it to the death of a family member.

After the recent pet food contamination that killed some pets and made many others sick, worldwide attention focused on making sure pet products are SAFE. Can you honestly trust most manufactures to do that for you?

Products we normally use on our pets – shampoos, odor eliminators, etc. – may create health concerns for our pets just as they can impact our health. Toxic synthetic chemicals used in personal care products are also used in pet care formulas. When scientific studies show these ingredients cause cancer, heart disease, hormone disruption and other aging diseases in humans, the tests on animals generally have the same results.

We need to be aware that chemical ingredients cost pennies and profits are huge, so incentives to inform consumers may be missing. Our pets’ lives are more important than that. I, for one, am willing to spend more to protect my pets and extend the quality of their lives.

Living on a ranch presents a host of unique problems every day. Our horses, dogs and cats are exposed to more things that require greater care than you can imagine. So, I have had the opportunity to identify a variety of solutions for these four-legged loved ones. That includes protecting them from various problems in the environment, small critters and the irresponsible actions of two-legged creatures as well.

Here is what I have learned:

Shampooing is a major effort that can be very messy. Putting your dog in the bathtub or shower isn’t exactly fun for them or you. I recommend using a safe, ToxicFree® pet shampoo. Remember, you are applying it all over their body and most of the time it is not all rinsed out of their hair. So you’ll want one without harmful ingredients or drying agents that will irritate their skin. Find a natural, organic shampoo without synthetic chemicals that can affect your pet’s overall health. It may cost a few pennies more per application, but the safety of our pets is worth it.

Can you imagine having your pet sprayed by a skunk? It’s the worst smell and it lingers for days! Our dogs have greeted us with this unpleasant odor and it nearly drives us out of the house. We use an oxygen-based odor eliminator to neutralize the worst pet odors safely. I recommend you look for products with NO artificial fragrance. Synthetic fragrance is toxic for pets and humans. These petroleum-based ingredients settle and hover about 12″ off the floor where pets and babies (if you have any) spend a lot of time – walking and crawling through non-biodegradable toxins!

As an informed consumer, you can make effective, healthy choices -for yourself AND your pets. I recommend you avoid the following at all cost:

· Sodium laureth sulfate: ethoxylated cleanser found in most shampoos – may contain dioxane, which is banned by the California Safe Cosmetic Act.

· DEA (diethanolamine): carcinogenic foaming agent; significant risk to children (National Toxicology Program; FDA Office of Cosmetic Fact Sheets)

· Propylene glycol: can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

· Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl): xeno-estrogens which may contribute to sterility and hormone imbalances (Brunel University)

· Fragrance (usually contain phthalates): highly toxic; can affect central nervous system (Environmental Health Network; FDA Office of cosmetics Fact Sheet).

I sincerely hope this information is helpful. We all love our pets. Now you can protect your little friends and feel confident you are making the very best choices for them. Extend your pet’s life…now.

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