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How to Find the Right Shampoo for My Dog?

Bathing your pet is important as keeping your pet’s hygiene a priority ensures they will live a happy and healthy life. It is often overlooked by pet owners when bathing their pets to use human-grade shampoo on your pet. However, human-grade shampoo often contains chemicals that are harsh for your pet’s sensitive skin.

Fortunately, we are here to tell you what to look for when purchasing a pet shampoo. Pet shampoos are not a one size fit all situation, there are certain shampoos that cater to dogs with different skin concerns, choosing the right shampoo will promote proper hygiene for your pet. 

When choosing the right shampoo consider the following factors:

Dry Skin

The first one to note is your dog’s skin condition if your dog has dry, itchy, or flaky skin then you need to look for a moisturizing shampoo made with natural ingredients. However, if your dog’s skin gets worse, consult your veterinarian as you pet may need a medicated shampoo and additional treatment.


Fleas and Ticks

The second consideration are fleas and ticks. There are many shampoos that treat these parasites and are formulated to fend off and kill fleas, ticks, and other parasites from your pet’s coat. These shampoos only offer short term protection, and it is important to use other flea and tick prevention methods and use these shampoos as a supplement.



If your pet smells more than normal as they have found their way into garbage or may have been sprayed by a skunk it is recommended to use a deodorizing shampoo that caters to these special circumstances and will eliminate odor rather than covering them up.



If your dog is experiencing a dull coat then they may not be getting proper nutrients from their diet, and you can restore this with shampoos formulated with minerals, vitamins, and proteins.



For dogs with a white/light colored coat there are special curated shampoos that will give your dog a brighter and whiter coat designed to prevent yellowing and fading and will boost the coloring of their fur.


Tangles/Long Hair

If your dog has longer hair and gets easily tangled the shampoo you are looking for must be moisturizing to maintain their coat without tangling. For a particular frizzy coat try to apply a separate conditioner after shampooing to replenish natural oils and help with detangling.


On the go

If you are looking to give your dog a quick wash, there are waterless shampoos and wipes you can use. Towel baths are easy and less fuss than a typical bath. A towel bath is a method of bathing by applying a dime size amount of shampoo to a semi-saturated towel with warm water; then gently rubbing the towel onto the pet’s face, ears, and body.


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How do I choose a dog shampoo? What do I look for?

When shopping for a shampoo be sure to assess the ingredients listed on the bottle as not all dog shampoos are created equally and some contain ingredients that are irritable and harmful to your pet’s skin. Look for natural fragrances such as chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, and citrus.

At ABC Animal Hospital Dr. Tufaro DVM has formulated a line of dog shampoos, Dr. Dan’s Pet Care, made with natural, moisturizing, and simple ingredients that gently cleanse your dog and address skin concerns such as dry skin, odor, shine, and tangles. They are concentrated formulas that are waterless and perfect for on the go use as well. Free of any harsh chemicals or perfumes, our products have your pets health and well-being in mind.

It is essential to not use shampoos designed for humans as our scalp is less sensitive than your pets skin. Human grade shampoos are designed to wash off the natural oils and dirt and are more harmful to your dogs skin as they will dull and brittle your pets coat. As always, ask your veterinarian to recommend the right shampoo for your dog’s specific needs.