Our fur baby’s skin is their largest organ, have you considered whether what you use to lather, rinse, and repeat on your fur child’s skin is all that good for them? Not all shampoos for pets are created equal, and moreover, many of them could harm your dog.
Here’s what you should look for and avoid in dog shampoos:
Rule of thumb: If you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be lathering Fido in it. There are many eco-friendly shampoos on the market these days, but not all are created equal, e.g. biodegradable shampoos indicate that the soap residue is not going to harm the water supply, however, what about Rover’s coat?
Here’s a tip: Ignore the front of bottles and sprays. Instead, flip the product around and read the ingredients, as the fluffy white dog on the bottle of shampoo does not necessarily mean your pooch needs to lather in this stuff. You should know what is going on their coat and potentially into their bloodstream. Synthetic ingredients can irritate and aggravate the skin of dogs, so avoid anything less than “certified organic”. The skin will absorb any residue chemicals left behind which can cause, redness and itching and the same can happen with conditioners, detanglers, and crème rinses. Follow the same principles as above, sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
To avoid harming your dog be sure you know what ingredients shampoos contain, all manufacturers tell us their products are the best ones for your dog which is not necessarily so. We put a high level of trust in the manufacturer of our dog’s grooming products, as yet there are no manufacturing standards for ingredient purity or verification of “natural or organic” claims or disclosures of their manufacturing processes. If you are purchasing shampoo, it is imperative to make sure it is a “Certified organic” product; manufacturers can call their product organic without verification. Certified organic products go through a much higher level of scrutiny, and go through rigorous reviews throughout their lifecycle – from where and how they are grown, harvested, processed and packaged. Certified organic dog grooming products also verify that there are no GMO ingredients, no pesticides, herbicides, artificial colours, or synthetic fragrance.
Bottom line: When searching for your next dog shampoo search for “certified organic dog shampoo” as “all natural or organic shampoos or conditioners” may not be tested to prove this is correct and we could be paying a high price for a product which is not substantiated.