Dog shampoo is necessary to keep your dog clean, keep them from smelling bad and help with maintaining skin and coat. Most dog owners think that the type of shampoo dogs need does not matter. The health, dog skin and the hair type of the dog should be taken into consideration when choosing a dog shampoo. It is recommended that you wash your dog only every three to four weeks or you could risk drying out the dogs skin.
There are many types of dog shampoo in the market place. A bottle of dog shampoo will last a good while so do not scrimp. Cheap dog shampoos may contain chemicals that irritate or do not work well in cleaning the dog. Dogs shampoo should be made of all natural ingredients and have a low ph. All shampoo you use should be tearless. Do not use human shampoo on your dog as it has a higher ph which may take away essential oils in the coat.
You should research the answers to the following questions before deciding on what type of shampoo to buy. Does the dog have fleas? Are there skin problems present such as flaky skin, hot spots or rash? Are there more pronounced skin problems present such as dermatitis or allergies? What type of coat does my dog have?
Puppies and dogs with eye problems could benefit from a tearless and hypo allergenic dog shampoo formula. These shampoos are very mild and made not to sting if gotten in the eyes. Some shampoos are formulated to remove tear stains from around the dog’s eyes and are very gentle.
Dogs with long coats or coats that tangle easily could benefit from shampoos that have conditioners in. Conditioning dog shampoos make long and wire hair more manageable.
Some shampoos are made to make black or red coat shine more. If your dog is white there are shampoos designed to whiten the coat by removing organic stains.
If your dog has a problem with taking a bath there is waterless dog shampoo for this problem as well as some that are quick rinsing.
There are special dog shampoos formulated for sensitive skin or dry scaly skin. These shampoos are very mild and usually contain moisturizers. These shampoos may contain oatmeal, aloe vera or jojoba oil.
Some shampoos are medicated for skin conditions or flaky skin. Some of these shampoos contain sulfur or coal tar similar to human medicated shampoos for seborrhea or dandruff. If your dog has a recurring skin problem a stronger medicated dog shampoo can be prescribed by your veterinarian.
Flea shampoos usually contain insect repellents such as pyrethins or other organic based substances. These can be irritating to your dog’s skin.
If your dog has a confrontation with a skunk there are shampoos that will help with that little problem also.
The market is flooded with different types of dog shampoo that the consumer can buy. Get to know your dog’s health conditions, sensitivities and coat makeup before you shampoo dog. That way you can save some time, money and help your dog achieve a fine healthy, clean coat.