What to look for when selecting the best dog shampoo

April 20th, 2010

So many pet owners are looking for the best dog shampoo for their pets.  With so many options available on the market you would think that it would be easy to find a shampoo for dogs that you were satisfied with.  Well it sure is not as easy as we’d expect.  There are so many dog shampoos on the market; unfortunately most of them are not made for dogs (regardless of what they claim.)  The truth is that most pet shampoos and conditioners are made with a base that is the same as human shampoos.  In fact some are the exact formulation all the way through.  Take a look at the label and you’ll be surprised.  Also look at puppy shampoo, many times they have so many chemicals, most of us would be afraid to put on a puppies skin.

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The problem with this is that for dog shampoo to be beneficial and not cause skin irritations and itchy dry skin, the ph balance must be that of a dog’s skin and coat, which is significantly higher than humans.  Therefore human products will have a low ph balance for a dog and cause skin problems such as dry skin, hot spots, and sores, rashes, itching, and scratching.  Sometime more serious skin problems can form, to include yeast infections. Now if you were to find a dogs shampoo formulated just for dogs the ph will be at least 2 points higher and there should be more essential oils included.  This is also true for puppy shampoo; in fact with puppies a proper ph is even more important for their young skin.   A product with zinc is also beneficial as the zinc will help heal and foster strong and moisturized skin cells and hair follicles.  Puppy shampoo should also contain zinc pca.

So how what to look for in order to insure you have a dog shampoo that is properly formulated?  You should select one that does not contain any water, or aqua as some like to call it for marketing reasons.  Find an oatmeal pet shampoo that has its base formulated entirely of aloe vera and oatmeal.  These two ingredients match the ph level just perfect!  Next look for omega 3’s as they have wonderful moisturizing agents for a pet’s skin.  Also be sure that the dogs shampoo contains essential oils and homeopathic ingredients such as spearmint, peppermint, Emu Oil, Jojoba Oil, Oat

Extract, Geranium, and Lavender.  A combination of these and you will have the best dog shampoo for sure!

Now let’s discuss smell.  Since a dog is constantly producing natural oils on its skin and coat they will always have, to some extent their own smell.  Having said that you can still find a good shampoo for dogs that will bring out a fresh smell.  The trick is to actually make sure that germs and bacteria are not growing on the surface of the skin.  Again use a product with zinc as zinc is great at killing skin and hair odor (also good on body odor for humans.)

Lastly, it is a good idea to use a dog conditioner in between baths as this will complement the cleansing and freshening of the dog shampoo ingredients.  Also look for a conditioner that has tree tea oil in it.  This is great for in between infection control.  If looking for puppy shampoo you may want to use a product that only has little tea tree oil.  For adult dogs it is great to use regularly.