Why does my dog need a special shampoo?


Whether you follow the rules or not, most pet owners have heard it said that pets should never be confused for people at bath time. Shampoos, as far as the rules are concerned, are species specific.

Some folks think that the difference between human and pet shampoo is simply a clever marketing ploy, and some different packaging. But that’s simply not true!


Here’s the simple explanation for why human shampoos and pet shampoos are not created equal: Pet skin and human skin are not alike in many ways. Here are the two we tend to care most about when it comes to shampoos:

  1. People skin is more acidic than pet skin.
  2. People have sweat glands and pets don’t (not on their haired skin, anyway).

Shampoo that’s too acidic (because it’s pH balanced for humans) and/or too harsh (because it’s designed for those with moister skin) can lead to dryness and irritation, the most common consequences of the wrong shampoo selection.

All dogs need the occasional bath, even dogs that don’t shed. When you’re talking about washing the yuck off your dog, there are plenty of inexpensive, natural, and gentle ways to wash a dog. Homemade dog shampoo might just be the answer you need. With just a few simple ingredients from the bulk/grocery store, you can DIY your way to a sparkling clean pooch!

Here’s a quick doggy shampoo recipe for pups with sensitive skin:

1 cup Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

And that’s it- shake up your concoction and lather up your furry friend! 🙂


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