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Dogs & Their Shampoos

Dogs & Their Shampoos
As we all know a good bath can be very beneficial for a dog to keep their skin and coat healthy. That is why we want to give a bit more tips and advice on Dogs and their Shampoos.

As we all know a good bath can be very beneficial for a dog to keep their skin and coat healthy. How often to bathe your dog is completely dependent on the type of breed you have and the quality and texture of the dog’s coat – long haired, short, curly or smooth, if your dog sheds a lot and of course if your dog likes getting mucky or rolling around in some fox pooh! Therefore we would love to give you some further tips and advice.

For starters, we have to make sure to not wash our dog too very often. Dogs’ coats contain oils that are naturally designed to keep them warm, help repel water and shield from dirt. Very often a regular brush of the coat will already keep their coats healthy. On top of this, the coat and skin of a dog are completely different from our own skin so we need to make sure we adjust the bathing to their needs. A small technical side step – dog skin has a pH level of anywhere between 5.5 and 7.5 (more alkaline) whereas human skin has a pH level of between 5.2 and 6.2. As a dog’s skin is protected by a layer of coat their skin is also much more sensitive with the upper layer of the skin (epidermis) only being 3-5 cells thick in comparison to a human skin being 10-15 skin cells thick.

As a result of all of this, it is important that we use a shampoo that has specifically been designed for dogs and not one that is designed for ourselves or maybe even our babies. Unfortunately however, despite being developed for dogs there are still many shampoos on the market that contain chemicals hurtful for your dog’s skin. So before using a shampoo look carefully at the ingredients and make sure they don’t contain:

  • dyes or colorants (natural shampoo usually has an opaque white to yellow/ orange colour)
  • added fragrance or perfumes derived from chemicals, use instead shampoos that contain organic essential oils
  • parabens (used by many manufacturers as a preservative) - some of the words used to state parabens on the ingredient list are methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, parahydroxybenzoate
  • sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate (used as a detergent)
  • DEA, Cocamide DEA and Lauramide DEA (used as foaming agents)

All of these chemicals can create serious skin irritations to your dog especially if your dog is already suffering from itchy skin, dry skin or any other skin condition. When buying a shampoo try and look for ingredients that actually work with the skin instead of against it and have a naturally proven ability to support the skin, nourishing and conditioning it. Look for shampoos that contain ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, chamomile oil, oatmeal or other naturally fatty oils.

In the end, it is all really very simple, the more chemical the ingredients list looks and the more unpronounceable the word, the better it is to probably avoid that shampoo. Knowledge is power and knowledge will give you a happy and healthier dog!

Many thanks,

Bella & the Anicura Team

The information given in any Anicura Blog is for personal interest and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and anyone with a health issue, or is on medication, should consult their doctor before making changes to their diet and exercise routine.

Seek advice from a medical practitioner or complimentary therapist before using essential oils if you are pregnant or are on medication. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children. In the case of contact with the eyes, rinse thoroughly with clean, cool water. Always dilute essential oils before using them on your skin, unless directed otherwise by an aromatherapist.

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