Secrets To Choosing A Natural Shampoo For Dogs

Gone are the days when dog owners would spend a lot of money purchasing high-end artificial shampoos from the pet stores. Smart pet owners today are choosing natural shampoo for dogs because it is safer and healthier. If you want to choose a good shampoo for dogs, this short guide would help you figure out how to go about it.

Stay Away From Products with Colorants or Dyes

A lot of these dyes and colorants are made from harmful chemicals like Tetrazine and coal tar, which are known to cause a number of health conditions like migraines, cancer and hyperactivity. Go for shampoos with clear color because such products would usually not have all those dyes and colorants that are harmful for your pooch.

Avoid Products with Artificial Fragrance

Another way to identify and choose natural shampoo for dogs is to look out for, and avoid products that contain artificial fragrances and perfumes. Instead, you should opt for products that contain essential oils because the artificial fragrances can cause lots of health problems including headaches, allergies, and nausea.

Avoid Products with Paraben

Parabens are commonly used chemicals in manufacturing cosmetics and some dog shampoo manufacturers would usually add them to their products. Parabens are believed to be able to cause breast cancer, hence they are dangerous for you and your dog. Always choose a dog shampoo that contains natural fruit extracts and vitamins instead.

Avoid Products with Mineral Oils

Mineral oils are derived from propylene glycol and are a by-product of petroleum. This ingredient would not only harm your dog’s skin, but can also cause other serious health issues such as kidney and liver problems.

Avoid Products with Stearakonium Chloride

Stearakonium chloride is commonly used in human and pet shampoos, even though it is dangerous and may cause irritation to the skin as well as damage to organs in your pet’s body.

Avoid Products with any Ingredients You Can’t Identify or Pronounce

The safest shampoo for your dog is one that contains ingredients that you can easily identify and pronounce. In fact, your dog shampoo should contain ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen or around your home.

Choose Products with Aloe Vera

Natural shampoos for dogs that contain Aloe Vera are very good for dogs with sensitive skin. Aloe Vera contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe and protect your dog’s skin.

Lastly, you should always read the label of any dog shampoo before you make that purchase so that you can be sure that you only buy natural shampoos for dogs with safe ingredients for your pet.

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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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.