Preservatives: Burning, Itching, Blistering
Preservatives are exactly what they sound like—ingredients in your doggy shampoo that preserve integrity and guard against growth of bacteria, mold and yeast.
Shampoo Toxin #1: Formaldehyde
Why’s it toxic? Formaldehyde’s been known to trigger immune responses including burning, itching, blistering or scaling of the skin. It hasn’t been decided whether there’s a direct link to cancer but there are strong concerns.
Even when preservatives are listed on the label, you won’t see formaldehyde. Instead, you’ve got to be on the lookout for its derivatives—which release small amounts of preservatives over time. (Even low levels of 250 parts per million can cause health problems.)
What’s on the label?
Keep your eyes peeled for…bromopol, diazolidine urea, DMDM hydantoin (often mislabeled on dog shampoo bottles as DHDH hydantoin), imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-7, -15, -31, -61, and sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate
Shampoo Toxin #2:
Parabens Another preservative to watch for are parabens. When they’re listed, you can usually find them at the end of the ingredient label… indicating that only a small amount is used. But don’t be fooled…
Why’s it toxic?
A little bit goes a long way. Parabens get stored in the body and have a “cumulative effect.” So the longer your dog is exposed to paraben-laden shampoo the stronger the impact. Parabens have been linked to skin irritation, estrogen disruption, cancer and reproductive problems.
What’s on the label?
Keep your eyes peeled for… butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, 4-hydroxy-methyl ester benzoic acid
Some good news!
Health watchdog organizations have been on to parabens for a while now… prompting some manufacturers to label shampoo “Paraben Free.” Be on the lookout for these brands.
Sulfates: Skin-Infecting Synthetics
For this one, think back to the last time you gave your dog a shampoo… What’s the scene? Maybe your dog… dripping wet from head to tail… with fur soaked and spongy with shampoo bubbles?
If so, you’re in for some bad news…
‘Coz you’re exposing your canine to sulfates.
What are they? Sulfates are ingredients used in shampoo to create that thick ‘syrupy’ texture that lathers and turns to bubbles. Sulfates are synthetic derivatives of sulfur…
Shampoo Toxin #3: Petroleum-based Sulfates Sulfur is derived from one of two sources. The first is petroleum.
Shampoo Toxin #4: Laurel Alcohol-based Sulfates The second source of sulfur is laurel-based alcohol, made from coconut oil or other plants.
Why are they toxic? Manufacturers say sulfates capture oil and dirt from our dog’s fur and skin that are flushed out with the rinse. True… But what they DON’T explain is how sulfates also strip away natural oils, causing skin irritation. You won’t notice this with your dog until after his skin’s become infected—when it’s too late.
What’s on the label? Keep your eyes peeled for… 1,4-Dioxine, laurel sulfate (SLS), sodium laureate sulfate (SLES), ammonium laureate sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate sodium coco sulfate, TEA lauryl sulfate, MEA lauryl sulfate
A word of caution. Beware shampoo labels disguising their laurel alcohol-based sulfates under natural-sounding terms like coconut based cleaners, naturally derived from coconuts, vegetable based cleaner, etc. These aren’t for you.
Ethanolamines: Cancer-Causing Chemicals
What are they? Ethanolamines are a group of chemicals made from proteins and alcohol. Like sulfates, they also add to that creamy texture and foam. They’re also an ‘enabler’, letting water and oil soluble ingredients blend and remove particles.
The three most common you’ll see—and want to steer clear of are:
Shampoo Toxin #5: Monoethanolamine (MEA)
Shampoo Toxin #6: Diethanolamine (DEA)
Shampoo Toxin #7: Triethanolamine (TEA)
Why are they toxic? Ethanolamines are so commonly accepted that consumers scoff at less effective dog shampoos made with saponified oils. But these chemicals are linked to cancer—disrupting hormone and thyroid activity.
What’s on the label? Keep your eyes peeled for… triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA-lauryl sulfate
“Now we know… So what next?”
I hear what you’re saying…
“Now that we’re armed with this useful information… what do we do next?”
Easiest thing to help our pets get the right shampoo is… do what you do for yourself:
Find yourself a dog shampoo completely free of all these toxic ingredients!
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