When it comes to your pooch, you look for products that contain only the safest ingredients. One particular example of a dog product that you should be careful with is the dog shampoo. There are many products in pet shops today, but are they safe and effective?
Sometimes, you may prefer to make one yourself. Yes—you can actually make your own natural homemade dog shampoo for your dog. So how do you make dog shampoo?
Dog shampoos should contain only natural ingredients to guarantee a safe and effective cleansing and moisturizing. As dog skin is three times more sensitive than human skin, using human shampoo is not recommended. If you don’t have a shampoo for your dog when they need a bath, it’s not a problem.
You can make different kinds of dog shampoos at home, depending on your dog’s needs. You can make a dog shampoo for dry skin, or a shampoo to treat a dog lice infestation. Basically, for a regular homemade dog shampoo, here is how you do it:
Gather all the following ingredients:
Mix all the ingredients together and you’re ready to wash your pet. Please ensure to apply a small amount to your dogs skin to ensure they are not allergic to any of the ingredients, especially the essential oils. If in doubt, consult your veterinarian.
Now, how do you use this homemade dog shampoo?
Put some of the mixture on your dog and lather it richly using your hands or a comb. For small dogs or puppies, use ½ cup of the mixture, and 1 cup for medium-sized dogs. Do not wash your dogs with it too often as baking soda may accumulate. Finally, rinse well.
If your dog is experiencing an itch or skin irritation, they may have dry skin. Dry skin occurs when the acid mantle is eliminated.
The acid mantle is made of moisture that protects the dog’s skin from bacteria, viruses, and dryness. So, you can make homemade dog shampoo targeted for dry skin.
Gather all the necessary ingredients:
Mix all the ingredients and you now have a homemade dog shampoo for dry skin. The amount of glycerin or aloe vera relieves itchiness and provides a soothing feeling. Glycerin can be bought at your local pharmacy.
One common problem for dogs is a lice infestation, generally known as canine pediculosis. It causes irritation to dogs as the lice bite and ingest blood. It could lead to itchiness and even anemia. There are dog shampoos that can treat lice infestations but you can actually make an effective shampoo yourself.
You only need the following ingredients:
Mix all these ingredients and lather on your dog. Work the lather, especially on the tail, fur, groin, and shoulders. Wash your dog often so that it eliminates the lice.
If you don’t have the time to make a homemade dog shampoo, there are dog shampoos that are readily available in stores. They come in different formulations that are safe for your dog’s sensitive skin. Following are the best commercial dog shampoos.
The 4-Legger Certified Organic Dog Shampoo is made with all-natural ingredients including aloe vera and lemon grass. In fact, it is USDA organic certified. It does not have parabens, sulfates, detergent, or other artificial ingredients.
The natural oils provide softness and shine for your dog’s hair, and other ingredients relieve dryness and irritation.
DakPets Dog Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated with coconut oil, aloe vera, cellulose, citrus, and other natural ingredients that are safe for pets and will relieve itching. It is highly concentrated so even with only a few drops, it results in a rich lather. It easily detangles pet hair and prevents tangles in the future.
The Nootie Medicated Dog Shampoo not only cleans your dog, but also moisturizes their skin. Since it is medicated, it strengthens hair strands to prevent shredding. The essential oils clean your dog while providing a mild fragrance. It has anti-fungal properties and prevents hair loss.
Making homemade dog shampoo is cheap and easy. It is guaranteed safe from harmful chemicals too. However, if you prefer to buy a commercial dog shampoo, read the labels carefully and make sure that the ingredients are all natural.
If you make your own dog shampoo, let us know in the comments!