Dog Shampoo

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Dog shampoo, like cat shampoo, should gently and safely cleanse your dog of dander that so many human beings are allergic to, and remove dirt that dogs accumulate so fast. Dogs, especially, lie in dirty areas and roll in "good-smelling" (to dogs) substances. These pets definitely have radically different sensibilities from their human owners!

Never fear, there are botanicals and compounds that take care of cleaning, deodorizing, and conditioning your dog's coat. Cleaning is easy, but avoid detergents, which are cheap, but harsh. There are several cleaning agents found in a good-quality pet shampoo that will leave your pet's fur looking healthy and lustrous.

Beneficial Dog Shampoo

People have used apple cider vinegar as an inexpensive cleanser for their hair for centuries. It is still recommended as a rinse to make hair squeaky clean and shiny after shampooing. Shampoos with this ingredient are generally gentle and effective. Lemon oil also imparts a gloss to an animal's fur and leaves it smelling clean. Tea tree oil has medicinal properties that make it a valuable addition to a dog shampoo because it helps to heal minor cuts, bites, and stings.

With a dog shampoo, deodorizing is as important as cleaning, because many dogs develop a musty, unpleasant odor if they are not bathed every so often. If a shampoo doesn't explain the purpose of each ingredient, you can look for a chlorophyllin-copper complex and/or a sodium chlorite component. Other beneficial ingredients will include pH adjusters, antioxidants, and moisturizers that protect and condition your dog's fur to leave it healthy looking.


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