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Choosing the right shampoo for your dog or puppy!


With so many dog shampoos on the market how do you know which one is right for your dog or puppy. Let’s look and discuss this in more detail.


We all at some point might have shared our couch, backyard, and living space with our dog or puppy, but there’s one thing you should never share with your canine companion — your shampoo. As we all know human-grade shampoo might keep your own locks soft and lush, most varieties of human shampoo contain chemicals that are too harsh for your pooch’s sensitive skin.


Fortunately, there are hundreds of brands of pet-friendly grooming products tailored to meet the unique needs and skin conditions of your dog and puppy. Dog or Puppy shampoo can cleanse your dog or puppy’s coat of germs and insects and add nutrients and vitamins to keep it healthy.


However, when choosing the right dog or puppy shampoo, it’s not a one size fits all situation. Choose poorly, and you could end up causing more harm than good to your canine friend. Choose wisely, and your dog will be left with a bright, shiny coat for weeks after bath time.


To help you determine how to choose the best shampoo for your dog or puppy, consider and take the following factors in consideration:


Skin condition:   When your dog or puppy has dry, itchy, or flaky skin, a moisturizing shampoo is the way to go. I will suggest avoiding scented shampoos, which often contain chemicals that can further irritate the dog or puppy’s skin, and opt instead for shampoos with natural ingredients, such as oatmeal, honey, and vitamin E. Have a look at our Oatmeal & Aloe Vera puppy shampoo and conditioner range on our website. If your dog’s skin condition worsens, continues to persist, or develops red bumps, consult with your veterinarian about medicated shampoo and additional treatment for your dog or puppy.


Fleas and ticks:   There are a variety of flea and tick products on the market, designed to both fend off and kill fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Flea and tick shampoo can only offer short-term protection, however, so it’s important to use this type of shampoo only to supplement other flea and tick prevention measures.


Youth:   If you’ve got a puppy, you should look for a shampoo that is specifically designed for younger dogs. Puppy shampoos are typically gentler and made with a no-tear formula that won’t irritate if it gets in the eyes. Have a look at our puppy range of shampoo and conditioner on our website shop


Odour :  Dogs and Puppies always seems to find or have a way of finding their way into fox pooh, garbage, muddy woodlands and rivers to mention a mysterious of other things. For these particularly adventurous dogs, we recommend a deodorizing shampoo. These powerful types of shampoo can eliminate unpleasant odours, rather than just covering it up.


Shiny Coat :  There are so many factors such as poor diet or failing health can make your dog’s coat dull and lustreless. By getting a good nourishing shampoo packed with minerals, vitamins, and proteins you can restore your dog or puppy’s coat to a healthy shiny coat in no time.


Color:   There are many speciality shampoos on the market these days with brightener and whiteners designed to prevent yellowing and fading while boosting lustre for dogs with white or light-coloured coats.


Tangles:   If your dog’s coat is dry or easily tangled, you may want to consider a shampoo-conditioner to restore moisture and maintainability. For particularly frizzy locks or stubborn tangles, try applying a separate conditioner after shampooing your dog’s hair to replenish natural oils and aid in detangling.


Convenience:   When you and your pooch are on the go, or if you’ve got a dog that is particularly averse to water. Waterless shampoos and wipes are perfect for this.


Dog shampoo ingredients to avoid:  Whatever your dog’s needs are, you can find a sweeping array of appropriate products on the shelves of your local pet store or vet. However, not all dog shampoos are created equal, and there are some that contain ingredients that can irritate and harm your dog’s skin.


Next time when shopping for a shampoo, be sure to examine the ingredients listed on the bottle before making a purchase. Avoid artificial fragrances and dyes, which can irritate your dog’s eyes and skin, but do look for natural fragrances, like chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, and citrus. Those are the ingredients we use in our shampoos and conditioners.


This is always an important thing to remember: Your shampoo is a BIG NO; NO never use shampoos or conditioners designed for humans. Our skin is less sensitive than a dog’s, and human shampoos are designed to wash off the natural oils and wax on our hair. That’s fine for humans, but it will leave your dog’s coat dull and brittle and can cause rashes.


How to choose dog shampoo: Not sure what kind of ingredients you should look for in a dog shampoo or conditioner? I always say to my clients a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple, opting for shampoos and conditioners with natural ingredients like oatmeal, Aloe Vera, herbal proteins, vitamins, and citrus extracts. If you are unsure and new to owning a dog or puppy always, ask your veterinarian to recommend the right shampoo for your dog’s specific needs.