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.

A Pet Shampoo That Stops Scratching

Does your pet feel so irritable that he or she cannot stop scratching? You can see that your pet is scratching with all his might using their hind legs or biting their own skin just to take away whatever is irritating them. It is a pitiful site especially when your dog gives that look that he is in terrible need of help. Perhaps, your dog has a problem other than the tiny fleas, it may seborrhea.

You are probably already aware of this skin problem among humans but you never thought that it could also affect animals like cats, dogs and horses. The symptoms of seborrhea include flaky and dry skin or oily skin, severe itchiness and infection caused by open wounds due to nonstop scratching are also apparent. One of the most recommended ways to treat this ailment is by using Malaseb dog shampoo. Malaseb is formulated to treat the secondary type of seborrhea which is very common among pets. The primary type of seborrhea is caused by a genetic condition that is passed on to specific lines of cats and dogs while the secondary type is caused by contraction of yeast, bacteria or fungus by any four legged, furry animal. As a result, the skin becomes itchy which makes the pet scratch wildly. The cleanliness of your home does not matter because your pet can contract the disease easily wherever they are. As a matter of fact, the strain of yeast is usually found around the mouth and ears of most pets.

Malaseb contains anti-fungal and, at the same time, anti-bacterial agents that can help your pet get rid of the infestation of pathogens so that your pet’s infection can be cured. An additional benefit of this medicated shampoo is that, because it has no scent or artificial dye contents, he or she does not have to suffer any allergy from those chemicals. Also, it helps in restoring and maintaining the natural oils of your pet’s coat. Your pet does not only get cured from seborrhea but he is able to have a very nice, shiny and clean coat.

Malaseb dog shampoo can also be used to treat psoriasis which is another type of skin ailment that is common among humans and dogs. Like other medicated shampoos, you must first get your doctor’s approval and carefully follow instructions when using the shampoo. It is important that the shampoo does not contaminate the eyes, mouth and ears. Also, the open wounds of your pet must be healed before applying the product. Your vet can give you more detailed instructions so make sure to bring your pet soon to the doctor and help your dog from the itching.

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.