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.