You may want to share everything in your life with your beloved pooch, but there's one thing you and your four-legged friend should never share.
Why, you ask? Unfortunately, shampoos made for humans are too harsh and acidic for a dog's skin, resulting in the dog's coat being stripped of its natural oils. Ouch!
We know the last thing you want to do is make your dog feel itchy, irritated, and uncomfortable after a bath. But don't worry! We have all the info about how to choose the right dog shampoo for your pooch right here.
Read on to find out more!
So, what sort of ingredients should you look for on the back of your dog's shampoo bottle?
A great rule of thumb is to look for simplicity, and ingredients that you can pronounce and understand.
Look for things with nourishing oils (like coconut oil and olive oil), aloe vera, and calming herbs. If you can find a dog shampoo that is cruelty-free and organic, that's even better!
Although you may need some extra help taming your color-treated hair or keeping your curly hair straight, your dog just needs some good old fashioned, gentle cleaning.
And if you don't recognize an ingredient, chances are it is one to avoid.
Synthetic fragrances, dyes, and chemicals can all leave your dog's coat stiff and brittle, and their skin dry and irritated.
How do you know if your dog is feeling sensitive and itchy?
Excessive grooming, excessive shedding, a dull coat, licking their paws a lot, a smelly coat, dandruff, and of course excessive scratching and itching are all signs that your dog has sensitive skin that isn't being taken care of correctly.
What most dogs need is a basic, nourishing, soothing shampoo. But, based on your dog's own unique needs, you may need something a bit more specialized.
For example, if your dog has a very specific skin condition, you may need a medicated shampoo.
Or, if your dog suffers from fleas or ticks, there are shampoos to help with that as well.
Just make sure that you're still keeping it natural and chemical-free as much as possible!
If you're unsure of whether a shampoo is safe for your dog or not, or if your dog may need a special type of cleanser, don't hesitate to ask a professional.
After all, that's what veterinarians are there for! Your local vet will be able to provide a complete assessment of your dog's health, and help recommend specific shampoos or ingredients that you can look for.
Choosing the right shampoo for your dog is one of the easiest ways you can ensure that they are safe, cared for, and healthy- inside and out!
Not only will your dog feel great, their coat will look clean, shiny and beautiful as well.
Maybe even clean enough for you to let them sleep in the bed with you... just this once?
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