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.
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.
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.
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.